Richard Lee Timmons passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 6th in Amarillo, TX at the age of 70 due to the recent discovery of a brain tumor.
Rick was born in Amarillo, Texas on July 16th, 1948 to Ed and Dorothy Timmons who both preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Francie (Timmons) Pittman, 2 daughters Jennifer (Timmons) Sorrell and Michele (Timmons) Taylor and 7 grandchildren.
Rick grew up in Amarillo Texas attending Avondale Elementary, Sam Houston Middle School and Tascosa High School. Growing up he loved playing many sports, but baseball was his true love. He was an accomplished 3rd baseman and received a scholarship to play for Odessa College. All of the Timmons family loved baseball and spent countless hours traveling to games and supporting Rick while he played.
In 1968 he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the heavy cruiser USS Canberra during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to Amarillo, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business and began his banking career at Amarillo Federal Credit Union. He was employed with them for over 20 years eventually rising to the position of President. He finished his working career as a car salesman for many dealerships in Amarillo.
Rick married Lou Ann Mannon in 1975 and they enjoyed 22 years of marriage. They had two amazing daughters, Jennifer and Michele. Rick and Lou were active participants in their girls lives. They spent most of their spare time cheering them on in gymnastic meets, cheerleading events, and volleyball games. Rick and Lou were their daughters biggest fans. They never missed a game or important event. In their leisure time, Rick loved taking his family on various vacations – especially if the ocean was involved. The Timmons clan enjoyed many hours playing at the beach and attending professional baseball games.
Rick had many hobbies, though his greatest love was watching and playing baseball. He was a die hard fan of the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. Rick was also known to play an occasional Sunday golf game and had a great appreciation of classic cars. He was well known for his black 57 Chevy, which he fully restored and drove daily for over 20 years. Not only did he love classic cars, but also classic music. He spent many nights with his family playing his favorite oldie songs on a full size jukebox Lou had found for him. He was also known for getting a few tickets while jamming his oldie music too loud! Rick’s giving spirit, compassion and love of life touched many lives and will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 11th at 2pm, First Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX in the Chapel.
In leiu of flowers, memorials may be made to Another Chance House of Amarillo, TX.