'It was unreal’: Children of Myrtle Beach Pelicans bus driver talk about his battle with COVID-19

Published: May. 5, 2020 at 9:27 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A GoFundMe account to benefit the family of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ bus driver who lost his fight with COVID-19 has exceeded its goal in less than 24 hours.

“The response to this has been overwhelming,” the Pelicans tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Members of the Pelicans organization sought to raise $5,000 to help the family of team bus driver Terrance Timmons with funeral expenses and groceries for two months.

Before 11 a.m. Tuesday, they had raised approximately $5,341.

“Terrance took great care of our ‘family’ for 4 years; we wish to take care of his. Your generosity will make a difference in their lives, thank you,” the team tweeted.

The Pelicans announced on Monday that Timmons died on Friday after his fight with the novel coronavirus.

Timmons leaves behind three children and a stepdaughter.

Two of his children, Tylan and Tiana, said he got sick around two weeks ago.

“He was just wheezing a lot and coughing, and his breathing was short, so he was having shortness of breath," Tiana Timmons said.

Timmons had asthma, which didn’t make things any better. On Friday, after being sick for around two weeks, Timmons lost his battle with COVID-19.

“It was unreal," Tiana said. "It processed, but it didn’t make sense.”

Manager Steve Lerud spent a lot of time with Timmons since his seat on the bus was right next to his. He said the players loved him, and he loved the players.

“He’d give them crap about the game if somebody messed something up," Lerud said. "He was just very supportive of them. I know he did, he cared about each and every one of them.”

Timmons was a diehard Clemson fan. He loved the singer Prince. His favorite color was purple. His kids said he was very goofy, and he loved traveling too, which is why he enjoyed his job as a bus driver so much.

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