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HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Edward Julius “Ted” Timberlake III, 63, died January 9, 2000, at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics of cancer.
He was born in San Antonio and attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia, to prepare for the United States Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in1958, following in the tradition of his grandfather, father and three uncles.
He served in the Air Force for 26 years. He flew troop carrier missions from Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina and from 1962 to 1968 chalked up a lot of time flying C-123s and C-130s in Vietnam. During a break in the action he earned a master's degree in engineering from Syracuse University.
After Vietnam, he became a research anddevelopment officer, working to develop the Minuteman III and MX ICBM and in advance development for anti-ballistic missiles systems. His active duty culminated with six years in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1983. He then accepted engineering management positions within the aerospace industry, where for 10 years he was closely associated with President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.
SURVIVORS: his wife, Sarah Elgin Timberlake of Hilton Head Island; two sons, Edward J. Timberlake IV and Christopher E. Timberlake; two daughters-in-law, Mary Gael Daugherty Timberlake and Roxanne Trombley Timberlake; and four grandchildren, Emily Gael, Jena Elizabeth, Edward Julius V and Elias Joshua.
FUNERAL: 10:45 a.m. Jan. 25 at Fort Meyer Chapel, burial in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
REMEMBRANCES: Air Force Aid Society, 1745 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 202, Arlington, VA 22202.
Timberlake, Edward Julius III
Born 6 September 1936
Died: 9 January 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force,
Res: Hilton Head Island, SC
Section 66, Grave 214
Buried 2 February 2000
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