January 10, 1950 – March 29, 2019
Reth Tim, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, entered fully into the presence of the Lord on the morning of Friday, March 29, 2019, at the age of 69 in Conroe, Texas.
Reth was born on January 10, 1950 in Phnom Penh, Kandal Province, Cambodia. He attended school in Cambodia where he received a Master’s Degree equivalent. He reached the ranks of First Lieutenant in the Cambodian Army assisting the US Military during the Khmer Rouge regime. However, just as countless of other Cambodians, in 1975 he was taken into Khmer Rouge labor camps where he was forced to cut wood and plant rice. As the Khmer Rouge were being ousted, he fled into the Thai/Cambodian borders with his then pregnant wife, Sameth. 10 days after they were brought into Khao I Dang refugee camp, their son Dara was born. They were then re-settled in Houston, Texas in 1981. He quickly learned English and obtained a GED. On May 1, 1990 he proudly gained his United States citizenship. He worked at Conroe I.S.D for over 30 years and have been a member of First Baptist Church in Conroe for over 26 years.
Reth is remembered as being a warrior, a fierce fighter, with war wounds that were embedded in his skull all his adult life. Yet, he defied odds as proved by his four-year battle with stage four lung cancer. It helped that he maintained a no-nonsense attitude with a knack for delivering corny jokes that mainly his children appreciate. Widely considered a jewel in the Rivershire neighborhood, he would walk his dogs and cat (who he treated and loved like his children) every day for over 10 years until their passing. All animals loved him especially his fur baby grandchildren. He was known to always help someone in need but would do it quietly or disappear right after offering his assistance since he was very humble and didn’t want the thanks. He just wanted to ensure the people around him were taken care of, instilling a legacy of pay it forward acts of kindness in the neighborhood. He got along with everyone and cherished sharing the message of love from Jesus Christ. His love and kindness were always unconditional. He always liked to be in company with other people, but never the center of attention. He was considerate and remembered everyone’s birthday and/or milestone events. He was very forgiving, aware and accepting to his own mistakes but looked forward to live the rest of his life for the Lord. Everyone knew him wherever he went in Conroe (pharmacy, bank, grocery stores, etc.). At home, he was an amazing cook, loved to grill steak and chicken wings, and made beef jerky by drying them on the roof. On Saturday mornings you could hear him singing to Khmer music and watching Khmer karaoke videos. By evening, you’ll find him glued to boxing matches or major professional sports. He thrived on the presence of his loving family during his last days on earth. Even the regular Facetime sessions with his grandchildren gave him strength to endure the worst of chemotherapy.
Reth is survived by his son Dara Tim and his wife Lundi of San Antonio, TX; son Monorom Tim of Dallas, TX; daughter Mary Tim and her husband Craig Vollert of Houston, TX; daughter Sakhoan Khuon of Oak Ridge North, TX; granddaughter Madona Khuon of The Woodlands, TX; twin granddaughters Kylie and Arabella Tim of San Antonio, TX; loving ex-wife Sameth Tim of Houston, TX; devoted nephew Serey Rith of Conroe, TX; niece Sophea Cardona of San Angelo, TX; and niece Savoeun Thompson of Piedmont, OK. He is preceded in death by his parents Kok and Duong Tim of Neak Loeung, Cambodia.
A celebration of life service for Reth Tim will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church Conroe, 600 N Main St, Conroe, Texas.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Tim family by signing the guest book.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, April 6, 2019
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April 3, 2019
Dearest Sameth, Dara, Mary and Monoram,
John, Jeff and I were deeply saddened to hear the news about Reth. He was an extraordinary man with obviously many accomplishments, yet so humble. Knowing you all, being your next door neighbors for awhile in Rivershire, was one of the highlights of the four years we lived there.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your great loss.
April 2, 2019
May God give you and your family the peace and comfort you need during this difficult time. It was a honor knowing and working with your dad. My deepest condolences.
April 2, 2019
Dear Dara and family,
I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
There are so many memories I have of your father and your family at FBC and am thankful to have known him and you!
Please accept my condolences.
April 2, 2019
With Sincere Sympathy,
It was always my pleasure when I would see Reth at the OakRidge Bus Barn. We would alway visit. Such a nice warm and true spirit he had. To Sam and his children and grandchildren, I will be praying for comfort in your loss.
Abel and Pattie Garcia
April 2, 2019
Reth was a very special,kind gentle man! It is amazing what he survived during the war,yet he never seemed bitter.We met him at First Baptist and he was always friendly,with a great smile.We always looked forward to seeing him on Sundays.May God bring peace and comfort to all the family.
April 2, 2019
My sincere condolences to your family. Although I have never met your dad, I remember your childhood stories. My prayers go out to you and your family for strength during this difficult time.
April 1, 2019
When my daughter ,Sophea came into our family , she always spoke so highly and with such respect and love for her Uncle. Although I never met him, I admired him through the stories and love Sophea shared with us he will be missed ❤️