Robert “Rusty” Dudley Timmons entered into eternal rest on April 18, 2023, at his home in Marthaville. He was born on November 3, 1975, in Shreveport to Herman and Earlene Timmons of Mansfield.
A visitation to celebrate his life will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Bethel Congregational Methodist Church, 1511 Union Grove Road, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Funeral services will be held at the same location on Monday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m.
After graduating from Bethel Christian Academy, Rusty furthered his education and began nursing school. He graduated in 1999 as an LPN and began his 24-year nursing career by caring for children through home health services. In 2005, Rusty transferred to the Willis-Knighton Health System where he served in several capacities, some including 6 tower, 8 tower, PICU and most recently, Quick Care.
It can be said, without hesitation, that God made Rusty to be a nurse. He extended the love of God to so many through the years with his loving, caring spirit and sense of humor while meeting the physical needs of others. He had a heart for people and loved serving them, especially children. Rusty was given the strength by
the Lord to hold children and even the hands of adults as they took their last breath on this side of eternity. He was even known to go in on his day off to say goodbye to a special patient who wasn’t expected to make it to his next shift. Rusty was gifted a little red tricycle by a coworker in honor of a patient they took care of often. Rusty often reminded this patient of the little red tricycle the Lord had waiting on him in Heaven when he finally received his legs. A true testament of his tremendous love he displayed for each patient he cared for.
Rusty’s heart for nursing was also used for teaching families how to take care of their precious child when returning home from the hospital. He always wanted to be the nurse who treated his patients as if it were his own child and he certainly accomplished this. His patients became like family, even after leaving the hospital. He not only worked hard for his patients, he worked equally hard for his employers and co-workers. As a result of his excellent work, Rusty was nominated for and was named nurse of the year four times.
Being a husband and a father was the only thing that trumped nursing in Rusty’s life. He and Kiley were so thankful for the children given to them by God and Oklahoma. He loved Kiley, Miya, and Levi deeply and told them countless times every day that he loved them. He worked hard to provide for their every need and want. He was so proud of his children and loved watching them grow, while at the same time wishing time would not go so fast. He loved spending time with them and cherished every moment.
Rusty had an infectious smile and a heart of gold and always wanted to make people laugh, even if it were a serious situation. His sarcasm and sense of humor was second to none and his quick come backs would have you laughing until your head hurt. His “asthma laugh”, would just deepen the hilariousness of any situation. He could make you smile even if you felt your world was crumbling. So, live your life like Rusty who was able to love, share a smile and a hug and even hang a little red tricycle on his bedroom wall as a reminder that God makes all things new.
Left to cherish Rusty’s memory are his wife of 20 years, Kiley Timmons, a daughter, Miya Timmons, a son, Levi Timmons all of Marthaville, LA. His mother, Earlene Timmons, of Mansfield, LA. Two brothers, Jason Timmons (Melissa) of Stanley, LA and David Timmons (Alicia) of Knobnoster, MO, along with many special nieces, nephews, family, friends and coworkers.