Paul “Tim” Epperson passed from this world and was welcomed into glory on the morning of January 30, 2024 surrounded by his loving family.
Tim was born on March 13, 1951, in Gibson County, TN to the late Raymond and Mary Lorene (Morgan) Epperson. Medina, TN would be his home for the entirety of life. He is one of the few remaining “Old” Medina folks who knew Medina in the simpler times.
Tim loved the simple things of life and was most at peace when outside walking under a blue sky. His early days were filled with lots of family and learning the value of hard work. He began his career in sales early by trading a shotgun and three-wheeler for his first car at 14 years old. He operated a gas station his senior year of high school and graduated Medina High in 1970 through the generosity of his principal and with the help of some fellow students. One of those students was Sherry McDonald, who he would fall in love with and marry in 1972. Through thick and thin and good times and bad they persevered. Their union of over 51 years would produce three children whom he would work tirelessly to provide for with his whole heart.
Working several jobs early on he would eventually make his first career at Porter-Cable and make many friends in so doing. He would then move on to his true calling as a provider by starting his sales business in tractors and heavy equipment, Epperson and Epperson Equipment Sales. He was gifted as a salesman and dealt with integrity with his customers gaining a reputation for fairness that exists even today through the continuation of his business through his son, Lance.
The arrival of grandchildren was a source of joy to him and he talked of them often. Though not a man of many words, though he grew in this area, he showed his love and care through his generosity. Having worked hard and lived within his means he was able to bless his family, friends, and even strangers. His generosity reflected his convictions of helping those who were in need just as Christ had commanded.
Tim was a follower of Jesus Christ and worshipped at the Medina church of Christ. He instilled in his children a strong sense of dedication to Christ, morality, and their families. He was a believer in the old ways…coffee at the local diner or gas station, telling stories (lies) to the amusement of small children and some adults, truck rides in the country, eating bologna and viennie sausages, and anything else that had to do with farming or cows. He did not enjoy getting older and pain was a constant companion. We can only imagine the relief he feels now that he has been released from these mortal bonds! For, we do not grieve as those without hope, trusting in the promises and power of the Resurrection.
Tim leaves a huge hole in our hearts that will remain until we meet again.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jimmy, Jerry, Lynn, Randall, and Victor Epperson, AnnieBell Epperson Toone; niece, Holly White; nephew, Josh Epperson.
Tim is survived by his wife, Sherry Epperson; children, Lance Epperson and wife Jenny, Russell Epperson and wife Allison, Lesley Brewer and husband Ashley; siblings, Johnnie Higdon, Connie Bland and husband William, Virginia Gilley and husband Bruce, Ronda Stewart and husband Chuck; Sister-in-Laws Donna Epperson, Rita Epperson, Billie Epperson; grandchildren, Ellie, Eli, Essie, Caden, Brynlee, Tessa, Lisbeth, Lorelei, Lillian.
Funeral services for Mr. Paul Timothy Epperson will be held Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 2:00 pm, in the chapel of Replogle-Lawrence Funeral Home with Ben Holt, Chris Smith, and Russell Epperson officiating. Burial will follow in Centerville Cemetery. Visitation with the Epperson family will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again on Sunday from 1 p.m. until service time.
Pallbearers: Chuck Stewart, Bryan Roe, Mark Bland, Mark McDonald, Jake Heglar, Brad Autry, Chris Patterson, Dylan Eason.
Honorary Pallbearers: Jerry Graves, Johnny Cearley, Elwood Sellers, Jeff Watt, William Bland, Travis Smith, Daniel Graves.