Thomas Flint Williams, Jr. died on Wednesday, the 4th of July 2013, in Houston, at the age of 88.|
Born in Waycross, Georgia, on the 10th January 1925, to Thomas Flint Williams, Sr. and Mattie Thigpen Williams, Tom graduated from Waycross High School in June 1942. He joined the US Army in 1943 as a member of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) and deployed to Europe with the 94th Infantry Division, where he saw action in France and Germany and, later, with the 2nd Battalion where he served in Germany and Occupied Czechoslovakia. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in battle and a Bronze Star for outstanding leadership in combat. He was discharged by the Army on December 29, 1945; he remained in the Army ROTC and attained a rank of Commissioned 2nd Lt. before discharge on August 5, 1953. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a M.A. in Mechanical Engineering in June 1950; at Georgia Tech, Tom was active in Theta Chi Fraternity. At college, he met his first wife, Agnes Davis and they married on September 8, 1951. They moved to Houston where they began a family and he started Williams Engineering in 1961, followed by Williams Machine on Valentine's Day 1966. He was a member of The National Society of Engineers, a registered engineer in Texas and has served on several advisory committees of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Tom was active in The Presbyterian Church and was instrumental in beginning many churches in the South and East Texas area, especially St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, and was pleased to be of service to The Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Agnes and is survived by his second wife, Mary Ruth Cotton Murray Williams, whom he married on the 17th of May 1997, and with whom he shared many wonderful adventures. He leaves behind his children and their families, Ruth Simms and husband Tom, Rachel Grimmett and husband Eric, Sara W. Hopkins, Thomas F. Williams, III, and step-son and his family, Brian Murray and wife Ninette, and their children Max and Isabella. He is also survived by his grandchildren, each of whom brought him great joy, Erica Custer and husband John, George E. Hopkins, John T. Grimmett, and John D. Simms. He leaves all too soon his great granddaughter, Lily Custer.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 8th of July, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A memorial service is to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 9th of July, at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe Street in Houston, where Dr. John Wurster, Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent gathering area.
Later in the day, the family is to gather for a private entombment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Tom's name be directed to the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest, c/o Rev. James Currie, 4647 Preston Avenue, Pasadena, TX, 77505 (or online at www.phssw.org); M.D. Anderson Breast Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77212-4486 (or online at www.MDANDERSON.ORG/gifts); or to the
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 7, 2013