Tim Cribbs Obituary, Death – Tim Cribbs of Plant City, Florida has passed away. The Florida FFA and the Durant/Plant City area have both lost a very historic figure in the shape of Tim Cribbs’ death. On a personal level, I have lost a coworker, a rival, and, most significantly, a friend. It was an honor for me to write a letter supporting his application for admittance to the Florida FFA Hall of Fame. When I think of him, the words “competitive,” “determined,” “driven,” and “passionate” come to mind. I do not believe there is anyone who can compete with his record of accomplishment as an FFA advisor. He had the ability to demand and get the most out of his students, as well as to aid them in identifying and developing the gifts with which they were endowed.
He expected his children to strive for perfection, and he received their best efforts in return. Tim and I met when we were both students at the University of Florida almost forty years ago. We never ceased enjoying one other’s company and have managed to maintain our friendship throughout the years. Almost every time he drove through Sumter County, my phone would ring, and the name “Tim C.” would appear on the display screen. Because he usually referred to the other advisers in this manner, the conversation would always start with him asking, “What’s up, Coach?”
My most recent conversation with him was on how the local community had supported and cared for him and Suzanne. This is incontrovertible proof of the significant effect he has made in the lives of so many individuals. We also discussed our families and exchanged information about how our children and grandchildren were doing. Our children’s successes and how well they were doing were things that both of us found extremely pleasurable to discuss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Suzanne, Josh, and Caitlyn, as you deal with the grief of this loss. The grief is palpable, but the relief that comes from knowing where he is right now can aid in your recovery. I expect to speak with “Coach” again in the future, and I hope that we will be able to collaborate to either plant strawberries in paradise or train the Par Pro squad. I’ll see you later, big guy, even if I’m not in a hurry! We adore you!