Veterinarian worked in father’s machine shop
by Margaret Anderson
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Dr. Tim Lusk, Tatum Spears and Joci Spears. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Dr. Tim Lusk, Tatum Spears and Joci Spears. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Dr. Tim Lusk was born and reared on a farm in Vigo, just outside Piedmont. 

At that time, the small community wasn‘t very populated.. His father had horses, cattle and hunting dogs and yard dogs.

“I hunted the whole time I was young,” he said. “We used to take our dogs out and rabbit hunt. I just enjoyed being out in the woods.”

As a youngster, when he wasn’t in school or hunting, he was working with his father in his machine shop.

Growing up with animals all around him sparked something in the young man. He respected his father for helping support his family with a machine shop, but he knew that wasn’t what he wanted to do. He always felt like he would be happy doing something that involved animals.

“I guess everybody has plans,” said Dr. Lusk. “When I was in school, I was thinking about what I wanted to do. I wanted to find something I would enjoy. I had on my mind that I’d be happy if I could be successful enough to have a small farm, raise a family, and try to be somewhat out of debt and successful by the time my kids got ready to go on with their lives.”

He decided veterinary medicine was the right career for him. After graduating from Auburn University in 1988, he opened a veterinary clinic in Piedmont near the Industrial Park in 1989. His late grandfather, Ted Grogan, was his receptionist that first year.

“When I started out, I had 65 or 70 large animals,” said Dr. Lusk. “My grandfather would line me some things up, and I’d go out on calls. We had some good times together. He helped me out tremendously, and so have my parents. My father used to go on farm calls with me. On a call one day, he was almost killed by a horse. After that he said to me, ‘Son, that’s my last trip.’ Every once in a while, he’ll go on a cow call with me.”

His parents are Tony and Betty Lusk. Father and son have a cattle farm with 150-200 cows. His maternal grandmother is the late Agnes Grogan. His paternal grandparents are the late Raymond and Willie Lusk of the Hollingsworth community. His sister and her husband, Scarlett and Vernon Young, live in Piedmont. His younger sister and her husband, Lisa and Mike Hayes live between Piedmont and Hokes Bluff.

Dr. Lusk graduated from Piedmont High in 1981. He and his family are members of First United Methodist Church.

He and his wife, the formerly Beverly Williams, attended Piedmont High together. They’ve been married 24 years. Their children, Rachel, 14, Kathryn, 15, and Tyler, 17, attend Piedmont schools.

When the Lusk children were younger, the family enjoyed annual snow skiing trips. As they got into sports and school activities, those trips had to end.

Now, every summer, they spend a week at the Beaches Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“It’s mainly a time just for the family,” said Dr. Lusk. “It’s an all inclusive resort where when you get there you don’t need a car. You wake up and go to the beach where you can sail, scuba dive and snorkel. There’s also plenty of entertainment. They have great dancers.”

The Lusks are avid Auburn fans.

“My family goes down on Saturday in my dad’s mobile home, and sometimes I go when I get off work,” he said. “I work six days a week, and I don’t normally go to all of the games. When I do go, I sit outside the motor home, watch it on TV, relax and wait for them to get back. It’s kind of like camping out. We have a good time.”

Dr. Lusk has fond memories of growing up in Piedmont.

“Piedmont was different then,” he said. “There was a lot less social media, and more people were out doing things. We had a skating rink at one time. I worked for my father in his machine shop, but I still had a lot of free time, so I played sports. Everybody played sports. We hunted, fished, and camped and everybody met uptown. We’d sit around and talk. It was a great time.”

Today, Dr. Lusk has clients from all over the county as well as some parts of Georgia.

“The people of Piedmont have always been good to me,” he said. “I’ve always tried to treat people like I’d want to be treated. I always make sure I do a good job, and it’s always worked out for me.”

Dr. Lusk said that his hunting and fishing days are over. He has no time for that now.

“My relaxation is basically being on the farm, relaxing and watching my kids play athletics,” he said. “I still exercise, enjoy ball games and play some basketball with kids on Wednesday and Sunday nights at church.”

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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