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James Barksdale Timberlake


Place of Service
Powhatan United Methodist Church
2253 Rosson Rd.
Powhatan, Va. 23139

Time of Service
October 5, 2013, Saturday

Officiated By
The Rev. John Hemming

Place of Visitation
Bennett & Barden Funeral Home

Time of Visitation
October 4, 2013, Friday
2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00pm

James Barksdale Timberlake

Jan. 12, 1949 - Sept. 30, 2013

James Barksdale Timberlake (Jimmy), 64, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013.  He was born in Franklin County, Virginia on January 12, 1949, the son of the late Maxwell W. and Anne Virginia H. Timberlake.  He became a citizen of Powhatan County at the age of two.  A devoted man of God, husband, father and grandfather, he leaves behind the love of his life for 43 years, Gail Hicks Timberlake. He is also survived by his son, James Barksdale Timberlake II (Jamie) and wife Anne, along with his daughter, Joy Daniel and husband Preston.  He was "Poppie" to five grandsons, Trey, Asher, Fischer, Mason and Clayton and one granddaughter, Evelyn.  He is survived by one brother, Max, Jr. and two sisters, Betty Anne and Virginia Merle along with their families as well as a longtime, dedicated friend, Larry Jackson (L.J.).  Jimmy's faith and his family were the most important things in his life.  He was a longtime member of Powhatan United Methodist Church.  He was an accomplished agriculturalist, enjoying God's green earth and the fruits of his labor always sharing the harvest with everyone.  Service to all was his calling throughout his life.  He served his church, his country and community selflessly.  He accepted leadership positions in every organization he was part of.  In his youth he was a leader in Future Farmer's of America and served as Co-Captain of Powhatan High School Indians football team.  His military service totaled 26 years, achieving the honor of Marine of the Year early in his career.  The Department of Forestry honored him for 26 years of service-his favorite part was educating youngsters as Smokey the Bear.  The community of Powhatan embraced his ability to serve with over 33 years in the Volunteer Fire Department nearly all of them with Powhatan's Finest-Company One.  He achieved the status of Lifetime member in Co. #1.  He was a volunteer with Beaumont Learning Center for over 19 years of recreational ministry with PUMC.  He assisted so many other civic organizations in a multitude of ways it would be a challenge to name them all (such as Scouting, Batteau Festival, Relay for Life,  Coalition of Churches, Fighting Creek Park).  Service was his spiritual gift.  Visitation with the family will be held Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60), Powhatan.  Visitations will be 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.  A celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Powhatan United Methodist Church at 11 am.  The church is located at 2253 Rosson Road.  Donations may be made in remembrance of Jimmy to PUMC or PVFD Company One.

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  • Randy & Bonnie Schulkers
    Oct. 9, 2013

    Gail, Jamie, Joy and families: 
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you journey through this sorrow and grief.  Jimmy was a good, true, and honest friend.  He was that friend to all he knew as well - he never met a stranger.  We will always remember his hearty welcome and kindnesses to us when we first arrived in Powhatan.  He reached out to us in many ways when we were newcomers.  Jimmy was a big man in size and heart, and his big smile was most welcoming.  He was a quiet sort of man - until he was asked about his family - then his face would light up as he became animated and merrily chatted about his kin and what roles they played in his life as well as what they meant to Powhatan County.  You could just feel the pride and joy in his voice as he lovingly described each one. 
    He was always so generous and giving too.  He reached out to neighbors and friends at every opportunity.  We were happily invited to share in the bounty of his salad field on a few occasions.  The finest kale we ever tasted came from those fields.  I can still remember Jimmy pointing out the "young, sweet shoots" so our first kale experience would be favorable.  It was even better with the Timberlake sweet pickle relish - perhaps a relative's recipe(?); but made by Gail for the "Day in the Country" where we were introduced to it. 
    We feel so blessed to have known Jimmy as well as we did; and we cherish our friendships with you, Gail, and with Joy and Jamie.  Please remember - we are always here for you. 
    With love from us and blessings from God, may you find peace and comfort in your wonderful family and your many friends. 
    Bonnie and Randy.

  • Tina Farley
    Oct. 7, 2013

    Prayers to Gail, Jamie, Joy and the rest of the family.  Jimmy was an awesome person.  I know he will be missed by everyone he ever met.  I will miss his hugs!

  • Stuart and Joressia Beyer
    Oct. 5, 2013

    To the Timberlake family:
    We wanted to take a moment to pass on our sincere condolences and to let you know that you are in our prayers.  If there is anything we can do to help out in this time of need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    The Beyer Family

  • Allie "Harver"Thompson
    Oct. 5, 2013

    My heart goes out to the Timberlake family. I no longer live in Powhatan or in Va. For that matter, but have fond memories of his outstanding contributions to "our county". He will be missed, even from afar.

  • Karen Collier Cheatham
    Oct. 4, 2013

    Jimmy was a wonderful person and a special person to our family.  He will be sadly missed. The Timberlake Family is lifted up in prayer for peace and comfort. 

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