He was one of the most decorated servicemen of his time. A US military veteran and retired first sergeant, Timothy Mowry is notably known as the father of Tia and Tamera Mowry. The twin duo that thrilled viewers heart through their impactful performance in the ABC series “Sister-Sister.” They were just 15 at the time of the premiere.
Tim’s Early Background and Career
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Timothy John Mowry was into sports from an early age. He did his high schooling from Miami, Florida where he met his wife and mother of four kids, Darlene Renee Flowers. He is white and has Irish ancestry whereas his wife is of Afro-Bahamian descent.
Like many American youths, he used to take part in various sporting events including college football. The strict nature and discipline taught by his family led his interest in the Army. His journey to Army started with selection on country army team. He passed his physical and mental tests with flying colors.
While he was in the service, he held the rank of first sergeant (1SG) where he had to perform administrative duties as well as leading a battalion. 1SG is also called “father of the unit” as the prosperity and development of soldiers depend on first sergeants.
After retiring from US military, he moved to California where he worked as a custody officer in the City of Glendale Police Department. At the moment, he is enjoying the retirement life while his three kids have done great with their acting career.
Timothy John Mowry’s Family Life
Tim married Darlene just after few years of his service in Military. They have four kids together. Tia and Tamera were born on July 6, 1978. Tamera is the big sister to Tia by just 2 minutes. Their parents moved to California just to help them pursue their career in the entertainment industry. Darlene took charge of their initial careers when they were in the group Voices. Starting from Sister-Sister, the identical duo of Tia and Tamera have been in various Television series as well as films. They also had their own television series Tia & Tamera that aired on Aug 8, 2011, to September 22, 2013.
Tim and Darlene have two sons as well, Tahj(born on May 17, 1986) and Tavior Mowry. Tahj is also an American actor who has starred in TV series like Baby Daddy. However, his younger brother Tavior isn’t linked with any entertainment gigs. He is into sports like his father and plays college football at the University of California Davis.
Timothy is also grandfather to three kids, Cree, Aden, and Ariah from his two daughters.
The Mowry sisters described their family as “close-knit” and “deeply religious.” Tamera once said that she kept her virginity intact for 29 years as she was born-again Christian since 8. Tim has definitely shed his military discipline on her daughters and sons. Tamera claims that she will teach discipline to her son Aden.
Tahj in an interview went as far as to say that his dad is his strength. All the hard works and persistence is what he learned from his father. Looks like Tim is an ideal dad.
Backlash on Biracial Marriage
Back at the time, there might have been few issues about the marriage in the family but it’s unknown to the sources. Since the couple was Sergeant stationed in their respectable squadron, we doubt that if there were any racial slurs thrown to them. Also, the U.S Army policy along with court-martial rules on condemnation restricts such activities even on those days.
According to Tamera Mowry, “They were a happy family of six growing beyond the race restrictions.”
While talking to Oprah, she revealed that ’’She grew up seeing a family.”
I didn’t come out by saying,”Oh, that’s a white man.”
Tamera had to go through a plethora of negative slurs when she married Arthur Adam Housley who is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for Fox News.
She says she was heartbroken when someone commented her as “A white man’s WHORE.” And regarded Tia (her identical sister) as the real black woman because she married Cory Hardrict (Black Guy).