Mr. Lewis Rhea Timberlake

December 14, 1931December 11, 2012
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Lewis was born on December 14, 1931 in Levelland, TX to Milton and Neoma Timberlake. He passed away on December 11, 2012. Lewis was raised in Stamford, TX and graduated from Stamford High School in 1949. After serving his country in the Army from 1953 to 1955, he returned to Stamford and began a career as an insurance salesman. Seven years later he became President of the same insurance company. In 1968, he established Timberlake & Associates and devoted his time to helping others through seminars, speeches and training programs.

Paul Harvey once called Lewis “America’s Apostle of Optimism.” For over forty years Lewis was one of the most sought after public speakers and management consultants in the country. In 1999 members of the National Speakers Association bestowed upon him the coveted honor of CPAE and elected him to the National Speakers Hall of Fame.

In addition to being the author of three books, he worked with many companies including several Fortune 500 companies for over twenty years each.

He was the state campaign manager for John Connally’s third and Dolph Briscoe’s first successful bids for Governor. Other leadership positions include President of the Texas Historical Association, President of the Texas Jaycees, Vice President of the U.S. Jaycees, Chairman of the Texas State Commission for the Blind, President of the Texas Law Enforcement and Youth Development Foundation, and Vice President of the Texas Baptist Men.

Among his many honors Lewis was named Outstanding Young Men of Texas, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Five Outstanding Young Texans, The National Jaycees Hall of Leadership, Leading Men in America, The Texas Society for the Prevention of Blindness’ Man of Vision, and the Institute for Management Studies Distinguished Faculty Award.

He was both a leader and a servant in his church. For over forty years Lewis faithfully taught Sunday School Classes at Allandale Baptist, Hyde Park Baptist, and Austin Baptist Church. He loved his church and found strength in both the Good News of the Gospel and the fellowship of his many friends there.

More than anything else he loved his family. His greatest joy was being surrounded by a family that he loved unconditionally and unequivocally. And was loved and admired by them in kind.

Those that knew Lewis are deeply saddened by his passing. He was a leader with a servants heart, a friend that could be counted on to still be a friend when everyone else may have turned away, and a husband, father, and grandfather that led his family by providing a Godly example of unwavering commitment.

Lewis is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don, and his son Craig.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years , Georgia Ann Timberlake, son Brad Timberlake and wife Judy, daughter Terri Clodfelter and husband Terry, grandchildren Lauren Timberlake, Brandon Timberlake and wife Emily, Jeff Clodfelter, Emily Clodfelter, step grandson Andrew Haggard, and great grandson Brady Timberlake.

The family will receive friends at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home at 6100 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 14.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday at the Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr. Austin, TX 78750 with Dr. Gary Dyer officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are the Lamplighter Class of Austin Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Austin Baptist Church.

Services are under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mr. Lewis Rhea Timberlake

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Kelly Marianno

October 10, 2016

I met Lewis a couple of times while working for a company called MBNA. He was a great influence on me as an individual and as a speaker. I quote him all of the time when I speak. Thank you Mr Timberlake.

Robyn Rieck

August 22, 2016

Lewis was a motivational speaker retained by my employer Mclane Company (based out of Temple, TX). I was employed with McLane America (based out of SLC, UT) between 1990 and 1994. Lewis had a huge impact on me when he spoke of having balance in all areas of your life. And he gave me permission to fulfill spirituality (1 of 6 areas requiring balance) through embracing my love and appreciation of nature, the environment and animals. So in honoring all creation and contributing to it's health I am being spiritual. Yay! Thank you Lewis. I think of you often. -Robyn Rieck

Jenipher Bisikwa

August 16, 2015

May his soul rest in eternal peace! In 2005 I read his book titled 'Born to Win' and it changed my outlook on turning my dreams into reality. His legacy of transforming lives still lives on.

Rev.David Dukes

August 14, 2015

I recently found his 1989 four tape series at Texas thrift store in Austin Texas .it's about four thirty Aug 14th.2015
while siting on the back of my tailgate in the driveway, I just finished tape one becoming the person you want to be. I have been greatly blessed and motovated TO KEEP THE FAITH in light of my current radio ministry Rescue The Family on Gospel 1060 am ea, Austin TX Saturday 9:00-9:15.i I have a vision of a Radio and TV recording studio and library .
what a God send. Building Blocks For Success. Looking forward to hearing the next three.

Brandi Jordan

December 7, 2013

I met this great man when I was 26 at Bank Of America. He Inspired me to fly like an eagle, He dared me to find out exactly what wanted. I am in a change of business and a little lost so I decided to google him. Looking for direction and inspiration from him, I came across his obituary. Mr. Lewis Timberlake is still just as Inspiring in life and IN death. Your words live in me. I remember you when I was 26 and I remember you 7 years later. God bless you Sir. I will find a way or make one! Rest easy

Kelly Marianno

November 13, 2013

I know this is late but I was looking up Lewis and saw that he passed. I use a quote of his when I talk to audiences.

Anne Merchant

October 2, 2013

I've just now discovered this obituary (during one of my Google searches checking up on Mr. Timberlake). He lived like few people know how, with a positive attitude and a great understanding for everyone he met. My time working for Mr. Timberlake was brief, but memorable. He was an inspiration, a mentor, and in many ways like a grandfather I never had. Because of this, I am very sad to know he has passed. I don't personally know a man still alive who loved his family more. I remember something his daughter once said, which I heard via Georgia Ann and will paraphrase: Dad was gone a lot, but then he was still always there for us. What a testament. This is how I remember him. I have spent the greater part of the last hour looking at the slideshow...those are wonderful pictures. Much love to the Timberlake family.

Brian Bezner

June 14, 2013

God bless and keep Lewis Timberlake in our minds and hearts. I also have know and meet with Lewis regularly since 1984. His wisdom and humor are legendary!!

April 30, 2013

Lewis touched my life in 1982 at a workshop he led in Lexington, KY. He gave me an idea that helped change the life of one of my children. I will always be grateful.
He continued to send me "Letters from Lewis" after my promotion and move to Chicago.
He made a difference in many lives. A great legacy.
Steve Monroe
Jamestown, NC

Chris Barton

April 25, 2013

I was deeply saddened to hear of Lewis' passing. As a young executive at MBNA he made a big impact on me. I still have my "Round to it" coin! I stopped by the web site today to order some copies of Born to Win and found some used on Amazon. I now run the sales force for my company and two partner companies. Amazing how the first book I want to teach is Lewis'. I was in three separate events with him, one of which my organization sponsored. I will never forget how genuine he was and what he brought to me and my people.