KEITHVILLE, LA- I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7. A fruitful life on earth has ended for Tommy Williams at the age of 82. Eternal life began April 29, 2013 in the presence of his Almighty God, his Savior, Christ Jesus, and a great cloud of witnesses.
Tommy's life on earth began in Panola, TX on September 28, 1930 when he was born to Charlie Edward and Monnie Estelle Maines Williams. Tommy and his parents were charter members of Summer Grove United Methodist Church. Active in the fellowship of the church, Tommy met his future wife, Mary McKee, at a sub-district MYF meeting at Keithville United Methodist Church in 1947. They were married in the Keithville UMC October 14, 1952 and remained faithful in their marital vows, always.
Tommy then transferred his membership to Keithville UMC and remained actively involved there until his health no longer permitted him to participate. He served the Lord there as Secretary of the Board for many years as well as on the Board of Trustees and Council on Ministries. Tommy's love of singing and worship kept him actively involved in the church choir. He especially enjoyed being the master char-broiler for the church's annual autumn chicken char-broil. Tommy and Mary reared their children in the love of the Lord in the Keithville Church.
Tommy served America during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. He then worked as a carpenter for over 50 years starting his apprenticeship under his uncle, W.A. McMichael, Jr. and continued his career with Whitaker Construction Company. Following his retirement he continued working as Building and Grounds Superintendent for AMI, Inc. for a number of years.
Tommy, along with his wife and children operated Williams Angus Farm in Keithville for many years. Their farm operation was born out of their childrens' successful involvment in 4-H Clubs in Caddo Parish and their rural agricultural backgrounds. The family assisted many livestock exhibitors in starting and continuing participation in beef breeding, dairy, swine, and poultry projects. Their farm was the site for many project seminars and clinics. Tommy, Mary, and all five of their children won numerous awards recognitions locally and in Louisiana. The entire family was awarded trips to attend 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, IL during their years of 4-H work. The children also were participants on the National 4-H level as a result of strong parental guidance, each attending Leadership and Citizenship Conferences in Washington, D.C.
Tommy's fruitfulness in life extended to his community. He served many years on the Caddo Parish Farm Bureau Board of Directors and was Past President of the Board. He also served on the Board of Caddo Fire District 4.
Tommy's love, leadership, and example remain exemplary in the memories of his wife of 60 years, Mary McKee Williams; his children, McKee Williams, Mickey and Wendy Williams, Warren and Debbie Williams, Melinda and William Schexnaider, Myron and Jean Williams; his grandchildren, Krystal and Eddie Collier, Jana and Chris Castleman, Richard Williams, Jeff Kennedy, Tommy Kennedy, Dalton Williams, Cole Williams, Amanda and Ryan Eubanks, Jaime and Roman Hanks, Mark Abbitt; his great-grandchildren, Peytan, Riley, Kayli, Romie, Carli, and Patrick; his sister-in-law Beth Henderson and husband Jerry; nieces, Tina LaVergne and husband Mike, Regina LeBlanc, and their children; host of other family members and friends.
A celebration of Tommy's life will be conducted in Rose-Neath's Southside Chapel Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12 noon. Officiating will be Dr. Theresa McConnell and Reverend Robert Rowland. Tommy will be laid to rest in Keithville Cemetery. Visitation with Tommy's family will be at Rose-Neath Southside Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Honoring Tommy as Pallbearers will be Tommy Kennedy, Richard Williams, Dalton Williams, Cole Williams, Mark Abbitt, Galen Williams, Eddie Collier, and Chris Castleman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ted Gates, Edward Williams, Robert Clifton, Matthew Greer, Billy Morgan, Sr. Alfred Muller, Winzer Andrews, and John Lowe.
Memorials in Tommy's name may be made to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, 169 Knapp Hall, 110 LSU Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 and/or Keithville United Methodist Church P.O. Box 286, Keithville, LA 71047.
The entire staff of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home, especially Wing 4, has given exceptional unconditional love to Tommy and his family. We are forever thankful and grateful to them and Dr. Flenniken. Tommy's family also expresses their sincere gratitude to Doctors Jackson, White, and Sikhand and their staffs.
"Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:8.
Published in Shreveport Times from May 2 to May 5, 2013