Valerie Jo (Tyson) Timmons, 37, of Bono, walked through Heaven’s gate. There she was handed her baby boy Oliver Andrew Timmons, eight weeks. On Aug. 23, 2020, a horrible auto accident claimed Oliver’s life, and on Aug. 28, 2020, Valerie succumbed to the injuries she received on that night.

Valerie was born Nov. 26, 1982, in Clinton, Okla., the daughter of Johnny and Tammy Whitley Tyson. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. Valerie was united in marriage to Paul Timmons on May 28, 2016. She earned her degree in early childhood education from Arkansas State University in 2007 and began her calling in teaching preschool at Walnut Ridge School from 2007 to 2020. Her imprint will be forever made on so many of her students and co-workers.

Oliver was born July 8, 2020, in Jonesboro. His time here with us was cut short. Very few got to see him, hold him and love on him. His memory will always be in our hearts and minds. He is forever with his mother now.

Survivors include (husband and father) Paul Timmons of the home; (daughter and sisters) Carlie Jo Priest of the home, and Elizabeth Timmons of Texas; (parents and maternal grandparents) Johnny and Tammy Tyson of Bono; (sister and aunt) Vanessa (Brock) Kendall of Jonesboro; (nephew and cousin) Ezra Kendall; (paternal grandmother and paternal great-grandmother) Armilda Tyson of Powhatan; a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends.

A celebration of their lives was held Saturday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Walnut Ridge High School Gymnasium with Brock Kendall and Aaron Dodson officiating. Interment was in Powhatan Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her former students, Mason Andrews, Parker Brand, Korwin Johnson, Ty Flippo, Logan Sain and Walker Ward. Honorary pallbearers were all her former students.

Visitation was Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mrs. Valerie and Baby Oliver, New Beginnings Scholarship at First National Bank of Lawrence County.

An online guestbook is available at

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