Barnesville schools pay tribute to late coach Agnes Timmons

BARNESVILLE — She is a Hall of Famer in every sense.

Be it as an educator, coach or community leader, Agnes Timmons always produced in grand fashion.

Now her tireless, passionate and positive life-changing efforts are being memorialized. As a tribute to her legacy, the Barnesville Area Education Foundation has established a fund for the purpose of erecting the Agnes Timmons Memorial Gazebo for the students and community to enjoy on the grounds of Barnesville High School, where she taught and coached for decades.

Timmons died June 16, 2018, in Colorado Springs with her two daughters by her side. The Scio High and Denison University graduate first came to Barnesville High in 1946 as a physical education teacher. She never left the Pumpkin community, shaping the lives of countless student-athletes in a positive fashion.

“Even though she wasn’t old enough to be a pioneer, Agnes “Coach T” Timmons was a pioneer when it came to girls’ sports at Barnesville and the Ohio Valley. She was instrumental in the creation of the female version of the OVAC. Mrs. T coached basketball, volleyball, softball, bowling, cheerleading and any sport a female could participate in,” Tim McKelvey, president of the Barnesville Area Education Foundation, said. “Back in the ’70s she took seven or eight girls from the basketball team to an away game in her own car. Coach T was a friend to all that knew her.

“The too-numerous acts of kindness she provided for birthdays, weddings, babies, anniversaries, etc., would bankrupt most people. Coach T will always be remembered for her infamous cheer, “Give Me One Big Fight,” which is painted on the Greenhouse (gym) wall,” he added. “The Barnesville Area Education Foundation, working with Barnesville schools, are raising money to build a gazebo in Coach T’s honor. It will be built at the Barnesville High School, where the school and community could use it for various events.”

Timmons coached dozens of Barnesville Shamrock girls’ volleyball, basketball, softball and track teams to winning seasons until her retirement in 1991. In addition, she co-coached Ohio University Belmont volleyball teams.

Timmons was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of her pioneering efforts to establish girls’ athletic teams and competitive sports in the region over 50 years ago.

Timmons coached volleyball and basketball even though it wasn’t until June of 1972 that Title IX was enacted, demanding equal sports opportunities for girls. She was asked by then-OVAC Executive Secretary Sam Mumley to host and serve as director of the first conference volleyball championship tournament, which was held at Barnesville High School.

The legendary Shamrock was much more than an physical education teacher and coach. Timmons was a leader in the community and a crusader to help those in need.

In addition to her professional contributions, she found time to also deliver Meals on Wheels; volunteer at Barnesville Hospital; sing in the Community Choir; teach Sunday school; and serve as a trustee, deacon and choir member at the First Presbyterian Church while also entertaining at area nursing homes and senior centers.

Contributions to the Agnes Timmons Memorial Gazebo Project can be made to the Barnesville Area Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Barnesville, OH 43713. For more information, call 740-425-3001.

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