The family of Rev. Ira Timmons, Jr., in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state, and the local community, has decided to hold a funeral service for their loved one open to the public with strict social distancing guidelines. While the Timmons family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Ideal Funeral Parlor, C/O The Timmons Family.
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
II Timothy 4:6-8
A life of prayer and unselfishness was ended on Monday, June 22, 2020, when our blessed Lord called Reverend Dr. Ira Timmons, Jr., to his final resting place.
Ira Timmons, Jr., was born on July 22, 1933, in the rural area of Pamplico, South Carolina. He was the fourth child of five children born to the late Ira Timmons, Sr. and his wife, Mrs. Carrie Hugee Timmons. He was affectionately called “Bow” by his loving parents and his siblings. He was educated in the Florence County Public Schools. While in high school he was a student bus driver, driving for the Mt. Rona Community of Pamplico, SC. After high school, Ira enlisted in the United States Army in 1954. He served his country during the Korean Conflict, obtaining the rank of Corporal. While in the Army he served as an electronics and radio operator. Corporal Timmons served until 1956 when he was honorably discharged. This led to him serving two years in the United States Army to obtain a job with Southern Electronics in Florence, SC. While at Southern Electronics he was a driver, delivering electronic parts to various electronic and radio stores in North and South Carolina. After driving for many years as Ira was promoted to Sales Associate and Electronics Technician. His skills as an electronic technician were so valuable that he worked for Byrd Radio & TV Service on the weekends, using his expertise to install television antennas and PA systems for many local churches in the Pee Dee area. Ira retired from Southern Electronics after 30 years of service.
Ira was an avid sports fan. His main love for sports was baseball. He had a love for coaching and began his coaching career with the Pamplico Red Sox for the old Arrow Baseball League. Also, Coach Timmons coached in the Pee Dee Little League of the Boys Club. His team was sponsored by Pee Dee Tank Company. This team moved up to Senior League rankings as his players became older. This team was undefeated and advanced to the playoffs for the Senior League Baseball World Series. Reverend Timmons was a Master Gardener. He had a green thumb for planting and lawn care. He spent much of his leisure time maintaining his yard.
Ira was baptized at an early age and joined Mt. Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. This was the family church of both the Timmons and the Hugee families. As a child he worked in many capacities, learning the intricate parts of the church which later became the foundation of his church knowledge. As a young adult, he became the Church School Superintendent of Mt. Zion Chapel. With his hard work and Christian Stewardship, he was chosen by the Pastor to become Deacon. After his “walk” with his Pastor and the Board of Deacons, Ira became an ordained Deacon. He became the Worship Leader of the Florence and Affiliated Counties Baptist Missionary and Educational Union for many years. Deacon Timmons accepted the call to ministry in 1976.
Minister Timmons was ordained in the Missionary Baptist Church by the Pee Dee Baptist Association in 1976. In 1977 Reverend Timmons began his first pastorate at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. After Pastoral services at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Timmons founded and established the New Testament Missionary Baptist Church in 1993 and served as Pastor until his demise on Monday, June 22, 2020. Reverend Timmons pastored for a total of 43 years of continuous service.
Reverend Timmons served as Moderator for Pee Dee Baptist Association #2.
Reverend Timmons received his Bachelor of Theology from Morris College and Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Dover College of Bible.
Although pastoring was his calling, his dedication and commitment were to minister to the sick and restore faith to the believers who suffered from medical conditions. Reverend Timmons furthered this ministry as a Chaplin at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Reverend Timmons was a member of District 13 South Carolina Grand United Order of Oddfellows of America for over 30 years. He was the past District Grand Master.
In addition to his parents, Reverend Timmons was preceded in death by three siblings; Boyd “BJ”, Frank and Elnora Timmons. Left to cherish his precious memories are his wife of 63 years, Naomi Robinson Timmons of the home, one daughter; Omijean Timmons (Jerry) Sanders of Florence, SC; one grandson, Dashawn Timmons of Florence, SC; one brother, Legette (Juralene) Timmons of Pamplico, SC; one sister in law, Inez Robinson Munnerlyn of Florence, SC; one brother in law, Bert, Jr. (Wilma) Robinson of Somerset, NJ; three nieces, Belinda Timmons Duncan of Florence, SC, Yulawanda Timmons (Gregory) Hines of Parkland, FL and Wanda Munnerlyn Hill of Chesapeake, VA; two nephews, Kedra (Debra) Timmons of Florence, SC and Reverend Marti (Chantel Brown) Robinson of Laurence Harbor, NJ; godchildren, Barney (Yvonne) Dailey of Woodbridge, VA, Rudy Van (Arthur) Williamson of Florence, SC, Francina McWhite of Columbia, SC and Reverend Iva Lewis of Hartville, SC, and host of other relatives and friends.
Servant of God, Well Done
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