W. Hayden Timmons

October 19, 1926June 4, 2020

Hayden Timmons, age 93, passed away on June 4th, 2020 at his home in La Grange, Kentucky. He was a native of Slaughters, Kentucky and the son of Houston and Opal Timmons.

Hayden served in the U.S. Army during WWII, earning a degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky at the completion of his military service. After college, he served in Kentucky state government in the division of Soil and Water. His education and experience in Kentucky agriculture led him into farm broadcasting at WHAS radio alongside Barney Arnold, and later as Farm Director at WLEX television in Lexington, Kentucky.

Following his time in broadcasting, Hayden returned to state government and served as the Director of the Governor’s Commission on Agriculture under Governor Edward T. Breathitt. His career continued with stints at the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives as VP of Communication Services and later at Big Rivers Electric Corporation as Vice General Manager of Public Relations and Environmental Affairs.

Hayden continued to use his broadcasting skills by serving as emcee and announcer for many events across the state of Kentucky. He proudly served as the ring announcer for the North American International Livestock Exposition for over 30 years.

Hayden’s passion and determination for success spanned his professional and personal life and were inspiring to all who knew him. His legacy lives strong through those he mentored professionally and those lucky enough to be part of his family. No one can ever fill his boots.

Hayden is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Catlett Timmons of La Grange; his four children Valerie Timmons-Ellis (Graham), Vanessa Jones (Larry), Laurie Buchanan, and Brian Hayden (Miguel); his five grandchildren Kathleen (Beau), Nicholas (Catherine), Lucas Hayden, Lucy, and Stephanie; and his great grandson Sawyer Hayden.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Hayden’s memory to Hosparus of Louisville, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research, or Honor Flight of the Bluegrass.

A celebration of Hayden’s life will be held at a later date.


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W. Hayden Timmons

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June 9, 2020

Well, this is the last of the "Timmons cousins." Hayden and I had held that title for some time. Although we didn't see each other often enough during that time, it was surely comforting to hear his voice on the phone and reminding us that we were still surviving. Our love for him, as well as for all our current cousins will always be sweet memories for me.

Hilda Hamilton Bowles

June 7, 2020

Our sympathy, love and prayers to Nancy and family - your loss is a loss to all who knew Hayden - he has gained his eternal rest. Blessings to you all. Hilda and Bobby Bowles

Mike Marshall

June 5, 2020

My good friend and neighbor with the cleanest garage I have ever seen. Loved every visit with you. Smooth sailing with the Lord and eternal happiness. Sure will miss you.

Lou Ann Clayton

June 5, 2020

Laurie and Family,
Please know that I am sending much love your way during this sad time.

Jimmy Mounts

June 5, 2020

Thanks Cousin Hayden for always being special, and making me feel special.
Some of my memories:
1944, you graduated from Slaughters School, I started first grade.
Jan 1945, I remember the family tears, when you went to serve
during W W 2.
1950, You gave Mother, Dad and I a personal tour of The Ky St Capitol
1954, You welcomed myself, and some fellow F F A students to the WHAS studios. We saw our first color TV !

Martha Bean

June 4, 2020

We are saddened by the passing of my cousin, Hayden. He was blessed with a long life and loving family. Our prayers are now for the family.

Milton Jerry Mounts, Jr.

June 4, 2020

Valerie -

So sorry for your loss.

Was glad to see that our cousin, Hayden, was honored by the Kentucky Honor Flights Organization. And it is obvious that he, like our brother, Don Richardson, was also a HUGE Wildcat fan.

Thinking of you and the family and praying for comfort and peace.

Jerry + Kris Mounts
N Ft Myers, FL