AAA Tidewater - Honoring Tim Timmons
Before he retired in 1996 from AAA Tidewater, Tim Timmons held the American Automobile Association record for length of service as president of a AAA branch – 62 years. Timmons took over AAA Tidewater in 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression when the association was near financial ruin. He used his own money to keep the organization in business, got it back on track and grew it from 850 members to more than 280,000 vehicle-owning people when he retired.
Timmons grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and attended Beacon’s Business College in Delaware. He joined AAA in Delaware and worked for a Philadelphia branch before moving to Norfolk in 1934. In Hampton Roads he served on the executive board of the regional Boy Scouts of America council. From 1971 to 1996 he was treasurer of the Norfolk Sports Club.
In 2002 AAA Tidewater and its board members started a scholarship foundation in Tim’s honor after he passed away. In 2016, the scholarship was transferred to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The AAA Tidewater – J. Theron “Tim” Timmons Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are members of AAA Tidewater Virginia.