Following several months of illness, on Thursday, Jan. 14, former alderman, county commissioner and bank president Theodore B. “Tim” Sloan died.
County executive Jeff Huffman, who served alongside Sloan as a commissioner in the 1970s and 1980s, said Sloan was instrumental in much of the county’s development in the last several decades.
“He was a key player in getting the very first industrial park in Tipton County,” Huffman said. “He was president of First State Bank and the local banks lent the money that bought the park and its infrastructure. As a result of that, we are where we are today.”
Sloan was a commissioner during the days when the county closed the community schools and opened others, a feat both men said divided the community three decades ago.
Then there was education, fine arts, his civic memberships, revitalizing the court square.
“He was crazy about the Ruffin and crazy about the Dyersburg State project. He was one of five that really got that going.”
Sloan and wife Thirza were the county coordinators of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Tipton County, spending hours and hours working to put books in the hands of Tipton County’s babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
“They volunteer for that, and it takes quite a bit of time because you have address changes and such …”
Sloan was lifelong resident of Covington, growing up and serving at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church where his father, the Rev. Paul Earle Sloan, served as rector for several years prior to his death in 1949.
Sloan’s mother, Isabel, was a first grade teacher.
He attended Rhodes College, and was a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
He also served on the DSCC Foundation Board for several terms and donated a grand piano to be used in the auditorium of the Jimmy Naifeh Center, was instrumental in getting several local buildings on the National Register of Historical Places and supported the Tipton Arts Council for many years.
He held offices on the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Preservation Trust and served a term on the Tennessee State Museum Board.
A lifelong lover of history, Sloan was a 50-year member of the Sons of the American Revolution, an active member of the Simonton Wilcox Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member of the West Tennessee Historical Society.
He was also very dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of the church he held dear to his heart.
Additionally, Sloan was a Mason, belonging to Dunham Lodge in Covington, the Scottish Rite, and Al Chymia Shrine temple, and a long-time Rotarian.
“When you talk about a pillar of the community, he was a pillar. He was in the top eschelon and showed us what citizenship is all about. He was, oh gosh, Tim Sloan …We’re gonna miss him. This one’s gonna hurt.”
He leaves his wife Thirza Mobley Sloan, a son David Sloan (Debbie) of Germantown and a daughter Mary-Elizabeth Hughes (David) of Humboldt. He will be missed by four grandsons Jordan Reed (Mandi), Jackson Sloan, Josiah Hughes, and Jaeden Hughes, and two granddaughters, Brianna and Charissa Hughes.
A memorial service was held on Saturday at St. Matthew’s.
Reprinted with permission from The Leader