Obituary: Charles Temple "Tim" Landers

Mr. Landers, of Apopka, died Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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Charles Temple “Tim” Landers, of Apopka, Florida, died Thursday, June 23, 2022. Tim was born in Anniston, Alabama, on May 28, 1958, to Joseph Temple Landers and Winifred McCarty “Wink” Landers.

Tim graduated from Anniston High School in 1976 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Agriculture in 1980, majoring in ornamental horticulture.

Tim is survived by his wife, Maureen Landers, of Apopka, Florida; his daughter, Lisa Landers of Savannah, Georgia; and his brother, Mark Landers, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

He is preceded in death by his son, Petty Officer First Class Madison Landers of Apopka, Florida; and his oldest brother, Kel Landers, of Atlanta, Georgia.

Tim also leaves behind an extensive network of beloved family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. He cared deeply for the people he surrounded himself with and never denied anyone a seat around his grand outdoor firepit.

Tim had an extensive career and spent forty years in the indoor foliage industry. He and his wife Maureen were the owners of Benchmark Foliage, Inc. in Apopka, Florida, from 1996-2010, and he most recently served as the head grower for AG 3, Inc. in Eustis, Florida. During his career, he also spent time working in landscape design and as an educator, teaching horticulture at Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama.

Tim was an active member of his community serving as the president of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2006 and president of the Action Chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association from 1997-1998. He was also an active member of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life serving on the Apopka area Hobson-Berry Team.

Many may remember enjoying Tim play music as a bass player and member of “Johnny and the Moondogs,” a local oldies band from Apopka. Tim was also a founding member of the bluegrass band “Distant Cousins” of Anniston, during the 1980s and ’90s.

One of Tim’s favorite pastimes was sitting around the bonfire watching Auburn Tigers Football. He could almost always be found wearing orange and blue and welcomed all friendly rivalries. His love and passion for the Tigers was indisputable and is shared with the Auburn Family.

Tim was an outdoorsman who spent countless hours catching fish and trolling gators. He enjoyed playing golf, taking golf cart rides around his neighborhood, and landscaping his beautifully manicured lawn and garden.

A celebration of life for Tim will be held Friday, July 1, 2022, with a visitation beginning at 3 p.m. and memorial service at 3:30 p.m. at Loomis Funeral Home in Apopka, Florida.

Those who so desire, please make memorial donations in memory of Tim to the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation in Staten Island, New York 10306; or any military charitable organization of your choosing. Flowers may be sent to Loomis Funeral Home in Apopka, Florida 32712.


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