Police aren’t talking

The house was all decorated for Christmas. Tim and Tina Eubanks had a good life. The couple had been married for 9 years. Tim was the director of radiology at a medical center, Tina was a mother and homemaker. They had moved to the area in 2005, and had already made many friends. By all accounts the couple got on well, friends and relatives say they didn’t see anything amiss. The Tina Eubanks was the mother of 5 children, ranging in age from 7 to 16.

The two older children went to school on Wednesday, the three younger children were getting ready to go. Tim Eubanks allegedly called a family friend, and told the friend that Tina Eubanks was dead. Then he reportedly said he was going to kill himself. The friend called police. Tim Eubanks left the home.

When police arrived they reportedly found the door to the couple’s bedroom locked, with Tina dead inside. They say there was no signs of a struggle. They are not releasing the cause of death. They are not calling the death a homicide, but they are treating it like a homicide. They are not calling Tim Eubanks a suspect. But they are calling him a person of interest.

Tina’s parents had been with their favorite daughter for Thanksgiving. They planned on spending Christmas with their favorite son. Because they only had the two children, “Tina was their favorite daughter, and I was their favorite son.” her brother said. They were a close family, who talked regularly.

Now instead of Christmas preparations, they are gathering at Tina Eubank’s, making preparation for a funeral and preparing to take the children home with them. Instead of sharing love and laughter, they are sharing tears and memories. Comforting the children as best they can. And waiting on the results of an autopsy.

The family and the friends all thinking the same thing…. how could this have happened? Was there something there I didn’t see? Tina is described as a loving wife and mother, very devout with a caring smile. Of the couple, they are described as “They seemed like your picture perfect American family.” “They were friends of ours. We had them in our home. They’ve eaten with us. We played games. Tina was the best wife and mom. She loved her husband and she loved her children.”

Police were looking for Tim Eubanks. They tracked his cell phone signal and located him. He was taken to the hospital and admitted as it appeared that he had taken a large amount of drugs. He was arrested and is under 24 hour police guard.

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It is often said that no one but the family knows what happens when the doors to the family home close. And that is true. But two children got up and went to school as usual that morning. It was their home and they didn’t know what happened, or that their world had irrevocably changed.

No one knows what goes through another persons mind, their thoughts are hidden away from the world. Unless they choose to speak, then many times their thoughts and motivations are hidden from the world. And some people are very good at hiding their thoughts, preventing the world from getting hints through their attitudes and actions.

Five children on a day like any other. They know they have lost their mother, now they have fears about their stepfather. And no matter how their stepfather is found, when Christmas time comes around, this is the Christmas they will think of, the Christmas they will remember.

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According to a police report someone in the home had been raped and held against their will. The report said that two adults and 3 juveniles were present at the time, but police are not discussing who had been raped and/or restrained.

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The arrest warrant has been released. The rape that allegedly occurred was one of the children. Additional charges are being considered.

The theree children in the home were allegedly tied up and duct taped before Eubanks left the home. Eubanks was not the father to the children, he was the stepfather. Cause of death may have been strangulation.

Eubanks has been released from the hospital and taken to the jail.

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The autopsy indicates that Tina Eubanks died of asphyxia due to strangulation/suffocation. Tim Eubanks is being held in jail without bail, the case is expected to go before the Grand Jury. The investigation is continuing. No charges on the sexual abuse allegations have been filed as yet.

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A hearing was held on Friday in which the defendent Tim Eubanks pleaded guilty to a charge of killing his wife Tina. Charges of indecency with a child and child abandonment were dropped. Tim Eubanks was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The District Attorney’s explanation for the plea was that this was done so the children wouldn’t have to testify.

Family has objected to the plea deal and says they were packing up to go to the trial. The older children wanted to testify against Eubanks and and the younger children were also prepared to testify. They say they were not aware a plea deal was being negotiated.  They were unable to be at the hearing in which the plea was announced.

According to the family there was long standing sexual molestation of one daughter and physical abuse of the other children. According to the family, Tina Eubanks was preparing to leave Tim Eubanks and get help for her daughter. Yet those charges for the children were dropped.

Because Tim Eubanks adopted Tina Eubank’s children from a previous relationship, he is now considered the surviving parent of those children as well as the children he had with Tina. As the surviving parent, he retains parental rights. The children are staying with their grandparents and the grandparents will have to go to court to obtain custody of the children.

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32 Comments

  1. Becky J said,

    December 15, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    And yet another horrible example that domestic violence can happen to ANYONE by ANYONE regardless of how “normal” they seem. Im so sorry for the children. God Bless them.

  2. Josephine said,

    December 19, 2006 at 3:01 am

    This happened where I live, and it is stunning, considering that I am a teacher and through that have seen a lot come through in just three short years. What I have thought, however, is truly how normal were they? They have only lived in Nacogdoches a year…is that truly long enough to know what a person or family is like? Of course, one can never really know what people are like…or what will cause them to snap. I pray for these children.

  3. Todd Howard said,

    December 20, 2006 at 2:15 am

    The child molestation charge appears to be the root cause of the murder. I wonder if Tim was steeped in pornography. It seems now days that evil always seems to follow those that choose to view pornographic material.

  4. Michael Lovell said,

    April 20, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Nice. I google Tina and Tim’s names to see if there has been any other news on when his court hearing will start and I see people making ignorant comments like” How normal were they?”
    I would use an expletive but I feel that it wouldn’t begin to show the level of disgust for that comment or the sentiment behind it.
    Tina’s family was very active in church activities. Wednesdays , Sunday’s any other time through the week that something was going on at the church, they were there.
    Tina had close friends here and always had families over for game nights and dinner.
    Yes, a year is long enough to get to know someone.
    The question insinuates that Tina(and the family in general) were some how freaks. And, being a friend to her and her children, I can attest that they were more normal than most of the people I’ve met in my life.
    Tim, is in jail. He has the courts and God to worry about. Whatever it was that he did , he’ll be held accountable for it. The saddest part is that the children may have to relive everything when his trial does come around.

    Keep your insinuations and comments to yourself.

  5. April 20, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Michael Lovell, in this blog we see a lot of ‘normal’ families, yet they end up here with some type of crime in their home. Probably ‘average’ would be a better term than ‘normal’. So the term normal, is often used here more in the sense of a family just like any other. Yet those families that show up here turned out to have a secret- and that is common to the ones who end up here.
    The comments were not meant to be derogatory to the family, but instead meant to point out that from the outside you cannot always tell what is happening inside the home. No one believes in any way that Tina or her family were freaks. They were a normal/average happy family, indeed may even have been outstanding in some areas. And they in no way deserved what happened.
    I agree the trial is going to be extremely hard on the kids. I know they will have support from family and friends, and hopefully from counselors but it will still be difficult for them. I wish there were some magic words I could say to make that better for them but there is not. Unfortunately that is tied up in the package of losing their mother. A package they did not want, did not deserve, but one that was visited on them.

  6. Mike said,

    June 4, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    The trial is scheduled to start August 22, 2007

  7. Dianne said,

    March 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    It has taken me a while to post this but I would like to say that Tina nor her children were freaks as you stated.. you may wonder how I know , well because I am the step mother to 4 of Tinas amazing children .. I would like to point out that Tim Eubanks is not the father of the 4 older children , We lost contact with them back in 2000 my Husband signed over rights so that the children would have good insurance and under the idea that we would maintain the right to call , write and visit them when we wanted and could. We never did get that chance the children were moved and never recived a letter we sent Though they did keep in touch with my mother in law .. that was until Dec 2006 . we were never told of tinas death until a yr later when i found my step son. I am sadend that such a horrible thing happend to such an outstanding and amazing woman Tina was strong in her faith unlike me who has a hard time with faith knowing that these things happen . I do pray that Tim Eubanks never sees the light of day again .. I know the details and he deserves what ever fate can be put on him.

    As for the kids they are amazing each of them strong and holding on to what their mother and their faith and family know that they will be together again one day .

    The Trail is set to begin April 12th keep these Kids in your thoughts and please keep spreading the word that these things do happen and sometimes … most times to those you least suspect.

  8. ambre holloway said,

    March 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I just want to make a comment about the comment above about being normal. I lived right beside them and I worked with him. He by all means was not normal. He would never wave at you when he would pass by you in the neiborhood no matter how hard you would wave. I would speak to him at work and he would just look at you like you was crazy. He would not let the kids play outside if any other kids was playing. He would make them go back in. I just feel for those kids. I hope he pays for everything he did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Laura said,

    April 1, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I would also like to post a comment… I really need to finally vent and let the world know what I believe has occurred here. I am sorry, as it will be lengthy, but I must get this off of my chest.

    As to a person being “normal” as we are referring to it here.. Tim Eubanks was not NORMAL. Tim had severe problems. I am Tina’s Aunt, (her father is my brother), so everyone here can know that I know of where I speak. When Tina first married Tim, and I met him and spent some time with them, I noticed a quiet anger about him. He was always so distant from everyone. He was not friendly and would not even engage in conversation much (and this was with family!!). Tina’s 4 children (from her prior marriage) were acting also immediately VERY different from how they had before. They were always very vibrant and happy children.. UNTIL TIM came into the picture. They then acted like little soldiers. They were scared to DEATH of him and you could see it in their eyes. They wouldn’t even go get a glass of water or go to the bathroom in their own home without his permission. One time the littlest child (at that time was Lydia), got a glass of water (the poor little 3 year old forgot to ask permission), and Tim took her down the hall, and we all heard him whipping her fiercely and repeatedly! She screamed and cried, and Tina sat there and did nothing. She said, when I stared at her in horror, “They have to learn discipline.” I was so horrified, I left the house! I cried and prayed all the way home. After awhile, I tried to talk to Tina many times about Tim and ask her (as gently as I could) if everything was alright, and if anyone in her house had continued to be physically hurt in any way, or if she needed help from the church or the police. She always denied it. I KNEW something was wrong, as I later saw some bruises on her oldest son at church once, and she told me “He fell down the stairs”. How common is that excuse?!! I regret never having called the authorities, now, but I guess I felt that my brother and other family would resent me for it, as they didn’t feel the same as I did about Tim. In the early part of their marriage, my brother and his wife were not worried about Tim Eubanks. They felt that Tim had job pressures and that, basically, they felt Tim was a “good man” who did not abuse Tina or those children.

    They soon left the Douglasville, GA area. They first moved to Tennessee and then ended up in Nacogdoches where this tragic ending occurred. I still live in Douglasville, GA, where Tina and Tim once did. I lost all contact with Tina very shortly after their first move. I tried to call a few times, but if Tim was ever home, he’d ALWAYS answer the phone.. she never could. When he did answer, he would always reply, “Tina is occupied right now. I’ll have her call you later.” The return call from her never came. So, I finally quit trying to call. Talking to Tim would get you nowhere. He never wanted anyone in that family having contact with others. Isn’t that strange?

    I know they had a computer, but I didn’t get any emails back when I sent the first few, so I am assuming Tim was intervening there, too.

    On that fateful day of Dec 13, 2006, and my brother called me to say, “Tina has been killed”, my first response was, “Rick, did Tim do it?” He responded, “Laura, I don’t know.” I replied, “I do. He did it, Rick. He killed her.”

    What I didn’t know and am now horrified to discover is that Tim Eubanks was sexually molesting Tina’s oldest daughter and then he was trying it with the second oldest daughter, and the morning Tina was strangled, he was trying it with that daughter!! MY GOD!!

    The oldest daughter had confided in her mother that Tim had done this and had been for some time. Tina fought with him and made him go to the church and confess and repent! THIS IS WHERE I GET ANGRY!! I don’t care WHAT he confesses. I don’t care how “sorry he is” or appears. In my world, HE’S DONE. You don’t do that to one of my children and I give you a second chance. Perhaps Tina felt like she couldn’t confide in anyone or leave him. Maybe she always felt he’d kill her.

    But I can’t help but grieve some, be angry at times, and a myriad of emotions emerge, but all along I think, “TINA.. if you had just reached out. Tina, if you had left him.. or if you had gone to the authorities privately…. you would have saved your daughters more of this abuse, and you would have saved your own life!!”

    How tragic, how tragic, how tragic.

    I know those children are being well raised now by my brother and his wife. But, they will always miss their mother.

    Please excuse me this long post.. but I hope it helps some to gain insight as to what happened here.

  10. April 1, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Laura, thank you for your comment. What has happened in your family has been horrific, both the loss of Tina and what happened to the children and I am very sorry for your loss.

    Many times when women are being abused, they will deny it and try to hide it from their family. Sometimes it is because of fear of the abuser, sometimes it is because of fear for the rest of the family. Other times it is because of other reasons. So Tina was not alone in that. Both Tim and Tina would have tried harder to hide what was happening in front of her parents, because if they knew what was happening to her or the kids they would have been more likely to try to get her out. So when they were around, Tim was probably much nicer to her and the kids.

    Had she been given time, she very well may have left because of the abuse of her children if not herself. Many times women will mistakenly believe that if the spouse abuses their children they can make them quit harming the children if not themselves. Just as she probably thought when she made him go to the church and confess and repent. But when it happened again, then it is possible that she would have accepted that she could not make him quit and may have intended to leave at that point. And the threat of her leaving is sometimes what sets certain ones off. I agree this is not how it should have happened, she should have recognized the danger to her children at the time, got out, got help for the kids and only told him she was leaving after she was out and safe. But again, Tina is not the only one who has tried to give a second chance or made the mistake of telling that she was leaving. Women who are abused or are trying to protect children who are abused still sometimes feel they have to “be fair” by explaining why they are leaving or give second chances. But some behaviors don’t change. And there is really no need to be “fair” to someone who was harmful to others.

    I hope the children are recovering and are still getting the help they need. Your brother and his wife were very wise to get them help as early as possible.

    Do not worry about the “long post.” You are more than welcome to come here and post memories, vent or whatever if you feel the need to. I do appreciate the additional insight into what led up to Tina’s death.

  11. Trey said,

    April 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    “Many times when women are being abused, they will deny it and try to hide it from their family.”

    Actually, many times when people are abuse, they will deny it and try to hide it from their family.

    Trey

  12. Dianne said,

    April 9, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Laura , Please feel free to email me , In reading your post I was horrified , no doubt i have heard things from the kids but I dont ask to much but you mentioned what he did to Lydia and oddly like you said I KNEW something wasnt right I told Ryan that i didnt like him , I remember one day (when we were still allowed to see the kids) we went to pick them up and Little Lydi was in the chair she wanted to run to her daddy and tim would not let her ! she cried for her daddy but TIm insisted she was in Time out and could NOT have her daddy , I felt sick it was enough that so much was changing for them , With Ryan and Tinas Divorce and TIm in the Picture and then me in the Picture I never forgot how cruel it was all that baby wanted was her daddy , When they stopped allowing us to make contact (Phone calls / visits) i knew it was Tims Doing and I even commented to Ryan before i ever leard what happened in Dec 06 .. , Decemeber was when the contact with Ryans parents stopped from the kids and Ryan commented on that it was the only way hed seen his kids grow and it had stopped .. He commented maybe Tina had left Tim and was park with her parents . I said im sorry but i think if she tried he would kill her .. he had those eyes ..as a survivor of child abuse i seen it , i knew it but i swear I didnt know at that time it had actually happened. Tim was far from Normal . he was evil and it makes me sick. WHy no one around him seen it i dont know why move so much why hide the family away . Ryans not perfect by any means but he loved those kids and he is just happy they are safe with nana and paw-paw now !. If you ever want to reach me Im not sure if i can leave my email here but i will try , its sultry_whispers@yahoo.com

    You mentioned a change in the kids when Tim came into the picture , you know Ryan and I seen that in their behavior to , there was one point that i think It was grant who got upset and hit or something one of the littler girls Ryan was blown away the hed reacted so violently …

  13. Source said,

    April 14, 2008 at 2:27 am

    I want to thank everyone for there comments on behalf of the Kirby family. I can understand that many have read this blog and are just browsing, shocked because of the person murdered or just venting because of deeper pain they feel. I want to comment on those topics breifly:

    Browsing- If you are a browsing person, feel free to continue to follow this story. dailysentinel.com is one way you can do that. Also Yahoo and Google the name Eubanks to find additional information.

    Shocked because of the person murdered- We that really knew her were all shocked that this event happened. Thank you for sharing your continued love for her by remebering her through conversation.

    Venting because of deeper pain they feel- You know who you are. I have pain in my heart for you. I wish you well. More importantly, I wish you health, happiness and that you recieve help.

    There are only 8 that can speak on this event with a knowledge of all. I am one. The trial is set for April 21st, 2008. Nacogdoches, Texas. Unless a deal is struck within the next week, then the trial will start. I ask all that know her or feel this story to be searching for updates everyday. Call your local radio and TV stations and ask them for updates. Drum up attention on this story so that it, if it can, assist someone out there with the ability to learn from it and seek help. To get out. By all means. I will ask that you remeber her dash ( Decmebr 29th, 1970 – December 13th, 2006 ) The dash was what she gave you and everyone else.

    Thank you for your time,

    Source

  14. TERRI said,

    April 15, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ABOUT THE LAST NIGHT I SAW TINA EUBANKS. IT WAS AT A CHURCH MEETING FOR THE WOMEN AND IT WAS A WONDERFUL NIGHT. TINA TALKED TO MANY OF US ABOUT TIM THAT NIGHT. THAT HE WAS HER KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR. SHE WAS IN A HURRY BECAUSE SHE WAS GOING TO TAKE HIM DINNER TO HIS PLACE OF WORK THAT NIGHT. SHE REALLY DID LOVE HIM AND I AMOUNG OTHERS THAT KNEW HER NEVER KNEW THAT HER KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR WOULD TAKE HER LIFE THAT NEXT MORNING. I KNOW THAT SHE GAVE HER LIFE THAT MORNING FOR HER CHILDREN. SHE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL MOTHER, FRIEND, DAUGHTER, SISTER AND A DAUGHTER OF GOD. SHE HID HER TRUE FEELINGS WELL AND I WISH I HAD CAUGHT ON TO HER SECRETS BEFORE IT WAS TO LATE. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER TINA IN A WARM AND LOVING WAY. THIS TRAGEDY HIT SO HARD THE PEOPLE THAT KNEW AND LOVED THE FAMILY. MAY JUSTICE BE SERVED WITH THIS TRIAL. IN MY OPINION IF TIM WAS A TRUE MAN WHO LOVED HIS CHILDREN THIS TRIAL WOULD NOT EVEN TAKE PLACE. HE WOULD PLEAD GUILTY TO THIS HORRIFIC CRIME AND LET THEM CARRY ON WITH THEIR LIVES WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS WHO TRULY LOVE THEM. HE WILL BE IN GOD’S HANDS NOW AND IF JUSTICE IS NOT SERVED HERE IT WILL BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS LIFE…..GOD BLESS THE EUBANKS CHILDREN AND THE KIRBY FAMILY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THEM AT THIS TIME AND ALWAYS. I MISS YOU TINA…..

  15. Dianne said,

    April 16, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I wanted to thank “the source” For your comment .. all of you really I wish I could say I knew Tina more deeply but I cam into her life as a new wife to her ex and someone new in Her childrens lives , I know that alone can be hard But you just didnt have to know Tina that deeply to see what an amazing person she was she had a light about her that would light up any room she was in , I remember seeing old videos of her and she was always in a good mood it seemed I dont think I can recall any footage or any picture where she wasnt lit with a smile or laughter. I use to have a memorial site but was asked to take it down I would love to put it back up but if it is the families wish I wouldnt do that I am not sure but I do think that her story should be told its already touched those who know me and continues to touch them . I think what was said “the dash is what she gave all of you” is amazing to say as she did seem to give everyone she came into contact with something , I know i can only hope to be as good a mother as she was she always seemed to have it all so together and she never faultered in her faith and strength in her heavenly father. Mrs Kirby was very polite when I met her and she didnt know me at all but she was very gentel and welcoming and I know that all the children are in the best place possible for them and I think having them is a huge help for Mr and Mrs Kirbys hearts and souls.

  16. Laura said,

    April 21, 2008 at 4:00 am

    I also want to thank “the source” for his/her comments. However, if those “venting” comments and suggestions were to me, I have every right to vent, as I am passionate and very upset about the murder of my niece, and I will appreciate your thoughts, I truly don’t need help. I loved Tina very much, yet was still at enough distance to perhaps be most objective about what I saw in Tim Eubanks. The family (or the 8 you speak of who “know all”) were not as objective, and naturally, probably could not be. Obviously, Tina kept enough hidden where no one knew “all” that was going on. This is tragic, and hopefully here we are all on the same side.. that of stopping domestic abuse and on the side in this story of Tina and her children.

    I believe the children need to move on with life… remember their mother with the greatest of love (as I know they will), but be allowed to heal now and move on. Continuing to have to relive this horror in not in their best interest. I hope the grandparents can gain full custody, and it is tragic they have not been allowed or facilitated in doing so to this date.

    More than anything, may God bring those children peace and comfort.

    I know that is what Tina would want.

    Thanks to Dianne also for your wonderful sentiments.. .. and yes, I will be happy to email you.

  17. amber said,

    April 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    He should have gotten more than 35 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. April 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    While I understand that it is hard on children having to testify against a parental figure, even if they want to- I too have a feeling of incompleteness about this case. A trial is difficult, but during a trial family often gets their questions about what happened and why resolved. There is also a formal resolution to the anger they feel. By giving a plea deal, the District Attorney prevented that.

    Personally, I am not a proponent of plea deals, but I do believe that if they are necessary that the surviving victims and families should be given the opportunity to give victim impact statements and have any questions answered. That the defendant should have to be prepared to recite what happened and take responsibility for all of it. And that all plea deals should have the family’s input. Unfortunately our system doesn’t require that.

    My sympathies to the family and friends, and somehow I hope that you will be able to go past this and on to making a life free of bitterness for the children. Though I know that will take time.

  19. Laura said,

    April 21, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Well said, HomeSweetHome. Very well said.

    I agree with your wishes for the children. Like I said in my former post, I believe the children need to move on with life… remembering always their mother with the greatest of love (as I know they will), but be allowed to heal now and move on. Continuing to have to relive this horror or have a continued hatred or vendetta toward Tim Eubanks, that dwells in their heart (and may consume their lives for the foreseeable future or forever) is not in their best interest.

    So, more than anything, I hope those children can now have peace, comfort and happiness. I hope they can find some closure.

    I know that is what Tina would want.

  20. April 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Please don’t misunderstand me Laura. Testifying in court is hard for any person, even adults and especially for children. But all kids are different, for some children it can be helpful. Once it is over they can have a sense of pride that they had some part in obtaining justice for their parent, they feel they have honored their parent in their testimony. And in testifying it can also give them a chance to expend some of the anger they feel over what occurred. But these children have been denied that outlet. That can contribute to feelings of helplessness, anger and bitterness. Teaching a child of any age to pick up and go on without anger and bitterness, after the loss of a parent is a very difficult job. Sometimes you have to encourage them to move on, but sometimes you have to acknowlege that anger and allow them to get the anger out constructively.

  21. Laura said,

    April 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I don’t think I misunderstood you. It was a very good post, and I do agree. 🙂

  22. Emily said,

    May 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Weird. These bill collectors keep calling my house, asking for Tim and Tina Eubanks, so I get pissed thinking it’s some college kids avoiding bills by giving out a “fake” number, and giving out mine. I google it to see if I can find their real number, and find this page. I kind of freaked out a little bit, I wonder if it’s the same people…

  23. Lynn said,

    August 22, 2008 at 6:12 am

    How will the children ever find closure when this creature will be let out in what 16 years on probation. When he will be able to see sunlight again, when he deserves to rot in jail until his dying day where he will have to face the lord. How can the da rest at night knowing that this man may someday have the chance to be “free” again. Of course, I use the word free loosely, because how free can ones mind be, knowing they have destroyed so many lives. How could this deal be accepted when the family wasn’t only willing to come, they wanted to. I know, I talked to a couple of the children before the trial, they wanted to come, to make sure he would be confined to the torture of jail every single day until his heart stops beating. Even if it would be hard for the younger ones to re-live this, it would put a close on this. They would be able to rest at night, knowing that this monster will rot forever. Yeah, so he’ll be out in about 16 years parole or not. Yes, he will have to face God and the eternal punishment for this sin, but this family is still alive, on this earth. They will have to live knowing that our “system” has let them down, has let this animal roam free once more. When he should be behind bars until the day he dies. Even Rich, the oldest son, said that he wanted “wanted him to rot in jail the rest of his life and he wont rest until that happens.” What kind of closure will the family get because this is HOW THEY FEEL. They didn’t want a deal, they wanted him to pay for what he did. How can our system sit and let him go like that because what is really the possibility he’ll die before parole, it’s not likely. He was a creature, a monster, an animal, a savage, and he should be treated like it.

  24. Dianne said,

    November 9, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I assure you That The Kirby’s will make sure he never walks free again they will make sure he spends his life behind bars one way or the other , I had a long talk with Mrs. Kirby at my last visit and that is their goal. And you are right the children didnt want a “Deal” they wanted to testify they knew if they could do that it was the best chance of Tim Eubanks getting Life or even possibly death which in my eye’s is exactly what he deserve’s as far as closure I dont know how anyone whos lived this ever attains that because no matter if Tim dies there in prison or not , They will never have their mother back and that is a hole you can never close until they are together again.

  25. unknownperson said,

    December 4, 2008 at 2:18 am

    i am goin to be straight forward with all of you. No matter how much you argue about how normal someone is or how long they should rot in prison …the situation is not gonna change. 6 childrens lifes were changed. I say six because he had another child. A mother is dead and a father is in jail. He was not a bad father. He had flaws like every human being does. I know him and the family more than anyone except god and her parents.I am not defending him but i think yall should realize that what is done is done and its not gonna change. And for lynn yea rich probably said that but i know that tim was there as a father figure for almost 10 years. I would say some harsh things and i dont think they will ever talk but i think he knows that he loved him. Anyways…i think all of this should be done and over with because it will be 2 years on december 13…R.I.P Tina Eubanks

  26. Lynn said,

    December 15, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Harsh words are spread across because of anger. Two years ago yesterday a horrible thing happened. And through every feeling i have, anger is surprisingly for once not crossing me. We are commanded to forgive each other, and though i’m not quite sure i’m to the point of “forgiveness” i’ve reached within somehow and let the anger run out of me. Maybe it was through all the tears, all the pain, but somewhere i found that Sister Tina wouldn’t of liked the anger that was building within me and letting it go is the first step to forgiveness. or the closest i may be able to get to it. There’s still a hole in our lives here, but i know that she is watching over me and she is my angel forever and always.

  27. unknownperson said,

    December 25, 2008 at 2:15 am

    yea i may seem like i put anger in it but there is reason behind all of it..The stuff that he did was horrible. And i dont think anyone knows why it happened…and we probably wont. But i wont forgive him because its a hard thing to let go.

  28. Lana said,

    January 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hello to all and especially to Tina’s family. I was one of Tina’s church teachers and knew her when she was in high school. She played in the band with my twin daughters and they had loads of fun on those bus trips. She was always a congenial, pleasant person with a smile for everyone. She tried to live what she learned and was an honest and virutous young woman. Once she married and had children, she was a wonderful mother who managed to care for her children and keep house like a professional. She was always ready and willing to help others in need whether it be baby sitting, taking in food, or doing some other activity.

    We will always remember and love Tina. She will continue to watch over and love her family from Heaven. She’s just that kind of person! And you can be assured she will be blessed as only God can bless and heal.

    As far as Tim Eubanks, I knew him somewhat from high school, but moreso after he married Tina; I think the rest of his life will be difficult and yes, he probably deserved what he got and more; but I am sure God will deliver justice and vengence as needed and in His own appointed time.

    By the way, prison inmates don’t like child molesters. He will likely get some rough treatment while in prison unless he’s kept isolated. Hopefully, for his parent’s and family’s sake, he will get some mental health therapy. As for being the surviving parent, I hope Rick and Charlene can get that resolved legally and themselves become the adopted parents of the children. But even if they can’t adopt, hopefully they will have full custody until the children are grown and can make their own decisions and know how to protect themselves physically and emotionally.

    Bye for now, Tina and all; see you in Heaven (hopefully) one of these days.

    Loving memories to Tina and her family; the children likely won’t remember me, but I worked at the health department and gave some of their physical exams and immunizations.

    Lana from Douglasville, GA days; now relocated to Alabama

  29. Lola said,

    February 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I know this man. I worked for him when he was director of radiology in Tullahoma tn. we were all a little freaked out by him. even when we were all turning in our complaints about him, several of us mentioned how creepy he was. then this happened. I got a call from one of the other employees at that hospital couple days after it happened. Hate to say it, but it didn’t surprise us at all.

    i do think he did not get near what he deserved, especially with the child molestation charges dropped. Eligible for parole in 17 years? You gota be freaking kidding me!

    I hope he is having a very miserable time in prision!

    I hope the kids are doing ok.

  30. Blake Randall said,

    May 19, 2010 at 12:13 am

    i just found out today and im devastated… she was like a second mother to me and i was always hanging with the kids… i miss you alot tina.

  31. Blake Randall said,

    May 19, 2010 at 12:14 am

    i just found out today and im devastated… she was like a second mother to me and i was always hanging with the kids… i miss you alot tina.

  32. Sandra Osborne said,

    January 22, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I am so sad and crying when I read the messages left here. I happened upon this website after watching 20/20 about women who have died because of a spouse or lover. I decided to google it. She was a good church friend to me. I have pictures of her at my bridal shower, and I can remember she brought to my house a basket of baby stuff when my daughter was born. I really did love her as a sister. I have known her family members pretty well. I have known about her death since Dec. 2006 but am no less devastated today. I am a survivor of abuse by my husband who I thought at the time was a knight in shining armour. I was in love at first but soon found myself dependent, afraid, hurt and embarrassed. I never deserved it but I had both my eyes blacked and nose bloody on more than one occassion by a man who appeared to members of our church family as worthy and faithful. It does happen unfortunately. It was so hard to admit to anyone, church friends, bishop, family that I was being abused I think because of manipulation by him to stay, fear, dependency and my self esteem was at stake. I was humiliated. And yes, the children were affected. It’s hard to understand even to myself why I couldn’t tell my truth, even though I tried on more than one occasion to separate from him. Pray for the abused women who cant escape, and earn her trust. She is under more stress than you can fathom. At the same time, I am a survivor and I cry because she did not survive. God Bless all her family and children.


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