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Major General Carol A. Timmons

Major General Carol A. Timmons, age 62, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020, surrounded by her wife and family.

Carol was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and grew up in New Castle, Delaware. She graduated from William Penn High School, Delaware Technical Community College and Wilmington University.

Carol was a role model and mentor, not only for the younger generation, but for anyone seeking her advice and wisdom. She had a storied 42-year military career capped by serving as the first woman to lead the Delaware National Guard as The Adjutant General. Throughout her career, Carol was a passionate advocate for the Guard, recruiting whenever an opportunity was presented. She was also a commercial pilot with United Airlines.  

In her spare time, Carol loved to spend time with her wife, Lynn, and family.   She was an avid reader, loved to travel, hike and bike. Carol loved all animals, especially the family dogs. She was also passionate about healthy eating and was supportive of small organic farm operations.

Carol was preceded in death by her father, Forrest W. Timmons; and brother, Phil Timmons. She is survived by her wife, Lynn; mother, Anne B. (Benson); sister, Susan Timmons (Holly); brothers, Ken Timmons (Steve) and Jeff Timmons (Lisa); nieces, nephews, and several aunts, uncles and many cousins. 

Carol was living proof that if you dream and work hard, oneโ€™s dream can come true.  Her passion for life was a beacon of light that inspired so many.   It will shine and live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. 

Interment will be held privately at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Carolโ€™s memory to Women in Aviation International Endowment Fund, please include the notation that the donation is in memory of Major General Carol Timmons, 3647 State Route 503 S., West Alexandria, OH 45381, or Mulligan Animal Rescue, 129 Bell Avenue, Mt. Royal, NJ 08061.

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39 Condolences for Major General Carol A. Timmons

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Carol’s family.

  • I like many others was soooooooo sad to hear the news of Gen. Timmons passing. I’m sending Sincere Prayers and our Deepest Sympathies to the family and Lynn. Gen Timmons was a GREAT Soldier and a WONDERFUL person. She will not be FORGOTTEN. RIH Gen. Timmons we’ve got your ” 6 ” ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

    From: Airforce Sergeant Carol Wilmore-Holtmeyer and The Wilmore Family

  • Please accept our deepest sympathies in the passing of Carol. We will certainly keep Carol and all of you in our prayers. She was a great teammate and I consider it an honor to have served with her. Sincerely, Jim

  • We send our heartfelt condolences to Lynn and other members of the Timmons family. I am glad to have served with her. She touched all of our lives. We regret that we will be in South Carolina on August 18 and unable to attend the ceremony. Again, our heartfelt condolences for our great loss.

  • I have the chance to speak to her a few times. She was a wonderful person and a great leader. She will be miss’, prayers to the family

  • My sincere condolences on the loss of General Timmons. She inspired many, and her influence lives on in those fortunate enough to have known or worked with her.

  • Rest peacefully Major General Carol Timmons, you will forever be remembered by many for your strength, courage , determination and a amazing beautiful smile! Words cannot begin to say how much she will be missed prayers of strength for your loved ones at this very difficult time God bless you and thank you for all that you have given for your country and loved ones๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’™โœ๏ธโค๏ธ Respectfully and with love, Joyce

  • Maj Gen Timmons was truly admirable!! I remember being at her promotion to Brigadier General and hearing how she fought to fly planes when the AF wasn’t allowing it. She was an inspiration to all of us female guardswomen. She was someone to truly be inspired by, a respectable leader. I was sad to see her retire and so very sad to see her leave this world so soon but I pray that her family finds comfort in all of the memories and the legacy she leaves behind. My sincerest condolences to Lynn and Maj Gen Timmons’ entire family. ((hugs))

  • My condolences to her wife, family, Sue and Holly. Such sad news. She was a true inspiration to all. Thank you CT for your service. May you Rest In Peace you are a true legend ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ž ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  • A true leader and friend to all. Carol was always positive and full of energy, even during hard times. I owe a debt of gratitude for her mentoring and support through the years and will deeply miss her infectious laughter. The world is a better place because of her.

  • To Ms Lynn and the rest of MG Timmons Family, The Professional impact that MG Timmons made is enormous, but pales in comparison to the personal one. I will miss her compassion and huge contagious smile and laugh. The way she included you as if you were an old friend. She regarded all people the same. It was not uncommon to walk up on her talking to a private or enlisted Soldier about her path through William Penn Highschool and how anything was possible. She showed us that! I am so grateful that our paths crossed. May your memories comfort you and her legacy live on in all of us. Ernie

  • Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Lynn and the entire Timmons Family on Carol’s passing. We grieve with you. Carol was a trailblazer and visionary. She was a dynamic, humble and passionate leader who made all feel appreciated. Her legacy lives on in the countless Airmen and Soldiers she touched during her long and illustrious career. We were blessed to know her and honored to call her our dear friend. You are all in our prayers.

  • I got to know Carol when we were both tasked to help with raising funds for the WASP statue at the Wilmington Airport. She represented the Air Guard and I was there for the Army side of the house. For the next twenty plus years we would share “war” stories and reflect on our careers as a woman in the military. I was so proud of her as she represented women in the war fight, the halls of Guard Bureau and eventually to becoming Delaware’s first female Adjutant General. She will be missed as a wonderful role model and also as a kind and gracious person by her many friends.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Lynn, Sue, Holly and your entire family. We had a lot of laughs during softball so many years ago. Carol was one of a kind, I am so grateful I had the honor to know her. What an amazing legacy she has left for so many to follow in her footsteps. Rest In Peace Carol.

  • Lynn so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. You have been in my prayers my friend.

  • Heartbroken and shocked at the passing of CT. Having known her from when she left for OCS and following her throught her career, she was the most sincere and courageous person one could know. My fondest memories include the 3 days CT was my caddie at a LPGA event in Harvard Mass. Prayers to the family in this difficult time. Rest easy General you are missed by many.

  • Maj Gen Timmons was a class act and a forward thinker. She was gracious and full of life and Jane I and exited our deepest sympathies to her family and especially her wife Lynn. Our prayers and thoughts are with you! The Delaware National Guard and all with whom she graced with her presence and leadership are better because of Carol.

    Ed & Jayne Brandt

  • Maintenance personnel were always glad to learn when the mission commander was “Colonel Carol” (her moniker before she received her star.) She was skillful, personable and perhaps the best pilot in the DANG. I pray her arrival in the afterlife is just as smooth and flawless as her aircraft take-offs and landings.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Al Hanna

  • I am so saddened about the passing of my friend Carol. She was an exceptional person who is missed dearly. My sincere sympathies to Lynn and her family. Carol will always be remembered as a kind, warm and courageous person who encouraged each of us to do our best and to find joy in life. She loved her wife Lynn deeply and will be forever in our hearts.

  • To the many friends and family of Carol, please accept my heartfelt sympathies. I served with Carol in the 514 Air Mobility Wing, McGuire AFB, NJ, when she was just a Captain, flying C-141s for the Air Force. Carol was an exceptional human being and had a rare gift for making you feel comfortable and at ease from the moment you met her. She was a natural born leader and a true trail blazer, breaking barriers at every turn in her own quiet and passionate way. I will forever hold Carol in high esteem as both a fellow patriot and a friend. Rest In Peace Carol, knowing that you touched many lives and truly made a difference during your time here in this world.

  • Tears fill my eyes every time I think of Maj Gen Timmons passing. She was a wonderful woman and leader. I was fortunate to work with her for very short projects a few times in my career. I canโ€™t imagine the impact she made on the lives of people who had the good fortune of being with her on a continual basis.

    Sending love to Lynn, family, and fur babies. Wishing you nothing but the very best.

  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family. She was an inspiration and always positive. Great leader that i had the pleasure to be around during her time as TAG. The Delaware Guard has lost a great leader.

  • I am at a loss to think of someone in my career who was as kind, generous and honest as Carol Timmons. We have lost someone that was inspirational to many and respected by all. As intensely as we mourn her passing we should all applaud her success and remind her to others as an example of a good person and a great leader.
    My condolences to her family and friends.

  • Words cannot adequately convey the sense of sorrow felt over the loss of Maj Gen Timmons. She was a mentor to my early officer career and an inspiration to both my daughter and I in our general aviation pursuits. The epitome of the Air Force’s core value “Service Before Self”, Maj Gen Timmons’ indelible impact in the lives she touched is immeasurable and I find myself a better human being for having the privilege of serving with her. Our hearts go out to Lynn, the family and the Delaware Air and Army National Guard community in this time of loss.

  • So sad and unexpected news. I so much enjoyed working and flying with Carol during Operation Desert Storm in the 335 MAS at McGuire AFB. I enjoyed following her career.
    She was a special person. I know she will be missed by many. My heartfelt condolences to her family. RIP Carol.

  • She was an amazing women and leader. She will be greatly missed.

  • Christy and I express our deepest sympathies to Carolโ€™s family, friends and those in the National Guard. I had served with Carol since 1977 and was impressed by her excellence. Rest in peace.

  • My sincerest condolences to all of her loved ones. I met Carol in the Fall of 2003 when I was deployed with the 123AW to Al Udeid for Iraq and Afghanistan. She was a Lt. Col then and months later after I returned stateside she contacted me about speaking at the WAI conference in Reno. She was trying to get a female with combat flight experience and at that time there werenโ€™t many of us. Little did I know she was the catalyst for the next phase of my entire flying career. Carol was a powerhouse in a small frame and I still remember how cool I always thought she was. She has been on my mind lately as Iโ€™ve found myself reflecting. Iโ€™m so saddened to hear of her passing now without having been in contact with her. I wish I could give her a hug and thank her. I hope through her faith in me so many years ago I can continue to live up to her example. Blue Skies and Tailwinds Major General Timmons.

  • Carol and I were in a Pan Am initial class together in the late 80’s she and I were also flying C-141’s together at Mc Guire AFB and flew Desert Storm missions . She was the type of person you could count on as a friend and acquaintance. She will be missed . May She rest in Peace.

  • My sincerest condolences to the family for this great loss. Every heart that Gen Timmons has touched is broken from her passing. I called her friend, mentor and also a kicker of my butt, which i still appreciate to this day. I know how much she loved her wife and Mother so i know your heart breaks the greatest of all of us. Please know that her legacy in the DANG lives on and she will forever live in my heart with all that she has taught me in life. Much Love,
    Sue Springsten

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Such a great loss for the Guards and role model for woman.
    Joe and Margaret Leonetti

  • RIP Carol, and condolences to your entire family. Working together at UAL, Carol was very professional and enjoyable to work with in the cockpit.

  • Well done (Bravo Zulu) General. May you have following winds and clear skies. Your country is proud of you
    and only the best to your family.

  • My condolences to Carol’s family. Carol and I shared the cockpit of United flight 23 on September 11th. I will always remember the professionalism she demonstrated that day. We shared similar aviation backgrounds and I knew she would be successful both at United and the Air Force Reserves. Carol, you will be truly missed.

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  • I was so sad to learn of Carols passing. She was a wonderful person and a pleasure to fly with. My deepest condolences to her family. May she rest in honor and peace.

  • I had the privilege to meet Major General Timmons when my daughter enlisted in the Delaware National Guard it was an absolute honor and a day my daughter and I will never remember. Major General was funny and encouraging to all the young that enlisted. Thank you for your service .

  • I attended Officer Candidate School with Carol. Throughout the next 10 years, we met up on several occasions. She and Lynn came to visit me and another OCS officer, Molly Westgate, while both Molly and I were stationed in Germany on active duty. When I was transferred stateside around 1992, I spent an overnight with Carol in Coronado Island, San Diego, CA, while she was attending school. We went to the SD Zoo and had dinner together afterward. I had contact with her one more time then followed her career thereafter. She was a good-natured and kind person. I held her in the highest esteem for her many military career accomplishments. I looked up to her as many people did. What a huge loss to our nation, her family and wife Lynn, and all her knew her.

  • I am finding out about Carolโ€™s passing 2 years after the fact and wished to add my heartfelt condolences. Carol and I were buddies in Army boot camp at Ft Dix, NJ. Though we only kept in touch sporadically through the years, we did connect through social media shortly before her death. I am deeply saddened by this, she was a truly remarkable person and it has deep affected me personally.
    I pray for Lynn and her family as they learn to live without this amazing woman in their lives.
    Until Valhalla, my friend! โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ข