William F. Timmons Sr., 73, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 18, 2013, in Tampa.
He was born Nov. 23, 1940, in St. Louis, son of the late Lester G. Sr., and Virginia (Jones) Timmons. He was married to Cynthia (Prewitt) Timmons, who survives him.
William spent most of his life in Columbia and attended St. Paul United Church of Christ. He began his life working on the family farm and attending a one-room schoolhouse. He later became a successful businessman and entrepreneur, starting his first business, a car refurbishment company, at the age of 16. After graduating, he worked for International Harvester as a mechanic, shop steward, and later union and management negotiator. He went on to work for Motor Transportation Company. Starting out as a mechanic, he quickly rose to senior vice president at age 30.
After earning a degree in business administration from Washington University, he joined PET Milk Corporation and led their company as vice president of sales. After leaving PET, he owned and operated Main Street Pizza throughout Columbia and St. Louis for five years. Following his dreams, William then became a consultant for United Biscuit and traveled the world. Settling down with his family, William founded Food Team, Inc. As his business grew, William expanded by creating Resources in Food and Food Team, which later became All Team Staffing & All Team Franchise Corporation. An avid sailor, he opted to move All Team Franchise Corporation to Florida to be next to the water.
Surviving are daughters Michelle Timmons, Lisa (Brian) Tilley, Kimberley (Justin) Siegel, and Kayla Timmons; sons Randall (Elizabeth) Timmons, and Kristopher (Lisa) Timmons; step-children Shawn (Laura) Eagan, Keith (Sharleen) George, and Victoria, Dillon, and Sydney Weaver; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Rosetta (Clarence) Thomas and brother Robert (Debbie) Timmons.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son William F. Timmons Jr.; brother Lester G. Timmons Jr.; and sister Glenda Pretto.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.
Funeral services will take place Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at the church, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating.
Graveside services will be held at Ava-Evergreen Cemetery in Ava on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of other types of gifts, donations are preferred to the Columbia Blue Jay Football Association.