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Grady Watson Timberlake


1925 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Grady Watson Timberlake
August 30, 1925 – August 9, 2012
Grady Watson Timberlake was born on August 30, 1925 to Thomas Hunter and Eula Marlow in Greene County, Georgia. He was later adopted and raised by Rufus and Ginger Timberlake. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California in 1946. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Adams State College of Colorado in 1950 where he played football and earned the title of "All American." He served in the United States Coast Guard and defended this great country during World War II.
He later earned his teaching credential with the California State Board of Education in 1959. He was a beloved teacher at Sierra Junior High School in Bakersfield, California for 29 years, but ultimately devoted 34 years working in and improving the education system, as well as positively influencing the lives of his students and colleagues. He was known as "Coach" as a reflection of his love for athletics, as a result of his own athletic ability (e.g., he was an Olympic qualifier for the "100 yard dash" in 1950) and due to his devotion to coaching his students in physical education with a special emphasis in track and field.
He enjoyed playing golf, pool and working out at the gym. He had a special affection for cologne, See's Candy and cashmere sweaters. His favorite restaurant was Urrichio's Trattoria where he was known as "Coachie" and was treated like family by the Urrichio family, Urrichio's employees and especially his dear friend Kenny Zimmerman, Urrichio's bartender. He was intelligent, athletic, loving, kind, generous and compassionate. He found great joy in giving and helping others.
He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Keith and Sandy Robertson; granddaughter and grandson-in law, Monica and Don Lawson; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Stacey and Mark Roberts; great-grandchildren, Sydnee Shaw, Alexander Lawson, Ryland Roberts, Bret Roberts and Brielle Roberts; his best-friend, Fred Valentich and the Valentich family; and many other relatives and friends in Georgia and California. Dad, Grandpa, Coach, Coachie, Friend, we love you and will miss you.
A military service will be held Friday, August 17th, at 9:15 a.m. at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 East Bear Mountain Boulevard, Arvin, CA 93203. This will be followed by a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Westbrook, 6501 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313.
Mish Funeral Home
www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 15, 2012
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