He helped peo­ple suc­ceed


Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Con­tin­ued from B Con­tact Mar­ques G. Harper at 445-3974.

based Tim­ber­lake & As­so­ci­ates in 1968. Long be­fore the re­cent wave of life coaches and self-help gu­rus, Tim­ber­lake helped clients achieve their dreams and goals through sem­i­nars, speeches and train­ing pro­grams. It was ra­dio broad­caster Paul Har­vey who once called Tim­ber­lake “Amer­ica’s Apos­tle of Op­ti­mism.”

“A mind that di­vides it­self isn’t as strong,” Tim­ber­lake told the Amer­i­can-States­man in 1990. “That’s why sin­gle­minded peo­ple seem to have an ob­ses­sion. They know ex­actly what they want and go af­ter it.”

He au­thored mo­ti­va­tional books — “Born To Win” with Marietta Reed, “It’s Al­ways Too Soon To Quit” and his lat­est, “First Thing Ev­ery Morn­ing” with Eli­nor Grif­fith, in 2010. He had been work­ing on a fol­low-up to his re­cent book.

Tim­ber­lake also had a strong spir­i­tual side, and his Chris­tian faith was re­flected in his books. For more than four decades, he taught Sun­day school classes.

He also reached ca­reer mile­stones dur­ing decades of travel and speak­ing. In the late 1990s, the Na­tional Speak­ers As­so­ci­a­tion elected him into the Coun­cil of Peers Award for Ex­cel­lence Speaker Hall of Fame.

Tim­ber­lake also was in­volved in state and na­tional groups. He was pres­i­dent of the Texas State His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, pres­i­dent of the Texas Jaycees, vice pres­i­dent of the U.S. Jaycees, chair­man of the Texas Com­mis­sion for the Blind, pres­i­dent of the Texas Law En­force­ment and Youth Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, and vice pres­i­dent of the Texas Bap­tist Men.

Tim­ber­lake is sur­vived by his wife of 58 years, Ge­or­gia Ann, son Brad, daugh­ter Terri Clod­fel­ter, grand­chil­dren, a great­grand­son and oth­ers.

The fam­ily will re­ceive vis­i­tors at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. La­mar Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri­day. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be at 4 p.m. Satur­day at the Austin Bap­tist Church, 7016 Ri­belin Ranch Drive.

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