II Corinthians 4:5 states this truth, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
For Timothy Lee Eidson, this would come to be a life defining truth. Tim was born May 31, 1960 in Franklin, Georgia at the hospital headed by his uncle, Dr. Doyle Caswell. He was the fifth child born to the late Travis Henry and Fannie Maude Caswell Eidson.
Tim’s father was a stalwart member of the community built around the Arnco textile mill. These villages typically had their own church, and Rev. Travis worked full time in the mill and also served as the pastor of the church.
Tim often remarked that having a very prominent figure for a father could be good and bad, especially if someone in the community caught you up to something no good. This concept of the close knit community would come to mean more and more to Tim as he grew older and ventured into a world that could turn very cold and cruel at times.
Tim chose the field of law for a career path. At the time of his death, he was Assistant District Attorney in the Pataula Judicial Circuit in Cuthbert, Georgia. Tim gave his all to whatever task he had, and his career as a prosecutor was no different. He gained a reputation that had him nicknamed “10 year Tim” and “Maximum Tim.”
Then one day, he found himself in a circumstance that put him on the wrong side of the law, through no fault of his own, and he would subsequently be exonerated. It was during that time Tim was a member of a spiritual group that helped people deal with issues of addiction. At one of those meetings, he met a guy named Kevin, a biker, who he instantly disliked. This was the kind of guy that Maximum Tim would turn into a headline. Because of the problems Tim had with the legal system, he was not working, and Kevin called him one day and asked Tim to take him to Walmart. Tim was startled and agreed, for what reason, he could not explain. Kevin was a guy that wore his pants down low and Tim hoped nobody would see them together.
The irony of this is that Tim and Kevin became constant friends and spent a lot of that summer together. Tim, in retrospect, said that God placed Kevin in his life for a very definite purpose. Fast forward and Tim is due for his day in court and Kevin is diagnosed with cancer. He dies just a few weeks after Tim is cleared of his issues, and Tim provides the eulogy for this former gangster.
God taught Tim a great lesson in love that summer and he used Kevin for that purpose. Tim spent the rest of his life literally, loving and supporting other people who could not be their own advocate. He took the message of recovery from addiction into the prisons and he always thought it was a gift that he could give those incarcerated, even though he might have been the one who helped put them there.
As Tim’s illness progressed, his constant prayer to God was to be used by God until he had nothing left to give, and God certainly did that. Tim was big on social media, but only because he knew that he had some insight to share that others might find helpful. There will never be a way of knowing how many people he touched, but he knew that God led him to share and that was all that mattered.
It was out of this same desire to help others, that he shared his struggle with cancer.
And, as Tim would always say at the end of his day, “Good night with love.” Well done, God’s good and faithful servant.
Tim is survived by his children, Skylar White and her husband Ryan and his son, Banks Eidson. Tim always felt blessed by his supportive family. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Dr. Caswell Eidson. His siblings are Elizabeth Eidson Hodgson and her husband Richard, H. Marcus Eidson and Dr. Rodger Eidson. There is a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Tim’s life of love and service will be honored in a gathering on Saturday, August 17, 2019, with friends visiting beginning at 12:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at McKoon.
In lieu of flowers, those who desire, may remember Tim’s life by a contribution in his name to any charity related to cancer care or research.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mckoon.com .
McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-253-4580