Elias "Tim" Wade Timmons
Wednesday 13th of July 1927 - Sunday 10th of November 2019
Camp Nelson National Cemetery
6980 Danville Rd., Nicholasville, KY
Elias Wade (Tim) Timmons, age 92, died November 10, 2019. He was born July 13, 1927, at home in Cadiz, KY. He was the son of Myrtle Ruth Light and Lewis Wade Timmons. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry, and sisters Margie Kirk-Sallee, Myrtlene Timmons and Ola T. Hite. The family moved to Hopkinsville, KY, in 1942.
His wife of 68 years, Dorothy Gill Timmons, survives him, along with their three children: Timothy Wade Timmons (Patti) of Jonesboro, GA; Jenny Timmons Fowler (Craig) of Lexington, KY; and Cynthia Kaye Timmons Strickland (Tommy) of Statesboro, GA. Nine grandchildren: Sean Timmons, Jennifer Timmons (Frank Parker), Dustin Garcia, Samantha Garcia, Michael Royal (Betsy), Megan Hasten (Jay), Jeremiah Strickland (Candace), Simon Strickland and Elias Strickland and seven great grandchildren survive him: Kayden Garcia; Lena and Hannah Royal; Davisson, Samuel and Tucker Hasten; and Griffin and Gemma Strickland.
Known as Elias in western Kentucky, he was Tim to all others. Tim volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1944. After boot camp and radio school, he served on Okinawa Island and in occupied Japan. He attended the University of Kentucky and the Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, MO. He was employed by the Atlantic Coast Railroad, in Chattahoochee, FL. where he married Dorothy Gill, a home economics teacher, on July 20, 1951. The family moved to Lakewood, OH, in 1961 when Tim accepted a position as a Railroad Safety Agent with the Interstate Commerce Commission, that later became the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a Railroad safety inspector and investigated accidents. In 1963, the family moved to Tucker, GA when Tim was transferred to the Atlanta office. He retired in 1989.
In Tucker, he served as Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 129, and led monthly camping trips that included a church service (three of his scouts became church ministers). Stone Mountain Association Park established a hiking trail around the Mountain, and Tim’s B.S.A. Troop coordinated with the State to install the trail in 1969. The Cherokee Trail is still maintained today and is nationally recognized.
While an active member in the Tucker Community Association, Tim co-organized the Tucker Historical Association. He wrote a book, “A History of Tucker, 1821-1942” which covered the history and genealogy of 44 historical Tucker families. Through this process, Tim helped his local editor discover her birth mother, and siblings on her birth father’s side, as well as siblings and relatives on her mother’s side. He also facilitated a county purchase of 10 acres in Tucker for a green space, that became the Tucker Nature Preserve.
Tim and Dorothy were active members of Tucker’s First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School to folks of all ages. They served on various committees. While serving on the 100th church anniversary committee, he wrote a history of Baptist Church hymn singing, and a play covering the history of the Tucker Church. He wrote other musicals, performed by members of his church based on the music of Stephen Foster and of World War II.
In 2015, at the invitation of daughter Jenny and her husband Craig, Dorothy and Tim moved to Lexington, KY.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 15, 2019, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm with the service following at 12:30 pm, Milward-Man O' War, 1509 Trent Blvd. Interment will be on Friday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Tucker Georgia, 5073 Lavista Rd., Tucker, GA 30084. www.milwardfuneral.com
Carol Martin Strodesays
Love you, Mr. and Mrs. Timmons, Thanks for all the beautiful flowers and memories! You two made Sims Court and Tucker my home away from home not long after I left Flowery Branch, GA at 19. Beautiful people!
Beverly R Whitesays
Thinking of your family today as you celebrate the life of Elias Timmons. Sending our prayers, love and condolences from the Irene (Timmons) White family.
Kelly and Daniel Bakkarsays
Dearest family, I have no words to explain how much Uncle Tim touched my life and many others. I will never forget his humble, caring and loving character. It is an honor to know him and grow up learning so much from him. I love you all! Warmest regards, Kelly and Daniel Bakkar
We have so many memories with Uncle Tim that we will always cherish. He was the best uncle and person. Our condolences to the family...a real jewel will be missed.
Sharon Summers Cryor, Ian and Lelia Cryorsays
We loved being Tim and Dots neighbors on Sims Court. We were proud recipients of plants, seeds, and loving kindness. We will always remember the night street parties of neighbors gathering to enjoy the night blooming flowers. Peace and love to your family.
Mary kate mcmahansays
Dearest tim and family, We were so sorry to year about your dads death. I know its hard for you all. But his obit says he lived a full and active life. My what accomplishments. I hope all goes smoothly. Prayers. Was hoping sat and we could come but macon xalls. Our prayers and live are with you all. Love, Carol and kyle