Thomas Williams, Jr.

Thomas Williams, Jr., was born to the late Deacon Thomas Williams, Sr., and the late Mrs. Missie Lewis Williams of Alberta, Virginia, on July 27, 1931. He passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Envoy of Lawrenceville. He is preceded in death by four sisters, Marie Myers, Barbara Stokes, Etta McCoy, and Anna Williams; and two brothers, Alfred and Elmer. Thomas accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and was baptized at Oak Grove Baptist Church in the early 1940s. He was very active in church activities until his health started to fail a few years ago. He attended Sunday school and regular church services weekly as a youth, worked as a junior usher, and later in the adult Ushers Ministry. In addition, he was active in the junior choir before leaving the area and entering into the U. S. Army in the early 1950s. Upon his return to Virginia, he immediately resumed his work at the church as an usher and later with the Trustee Ministry. He retired from this ministry in 2013 due to his inability to attend church regularly. Thomas never forgot his Christian responsibilities to support his church, however; he continued to send his tithes to the church regularly. He also took pride in sharing in the responsibility for taking care of the church van and other things needing repairs around the church. He was a dutiful Trustee who took this title seriously. In May 2015, the church awarded him the honor of naming him Trustee Emeritus.

While serving in the army, Thomas was assigned to the tank division and traveled first to Kentucky and as far away as Japan for his military tours. He enjoyed telling his army experiences of his tour to Japan and his return to the states. He even learned many phrases of the Japanese language which he enjoyed speaking from time to time. After being honorably discharged and returning home from service, he chose to stay at home and help his father on the farm for a while. Thomas loved the country life and never wanted to live in the city. He loved to garden and just be able to enjoy all the blessings of country living. He went to New Jersey once after returning home to join his sister Marie and brother Elmer, but he returned home almost immediately to continue living in Brunswick County. He often said that he was not a city man nor a house man—he loved being outside working or just enjoying the fresh air and open space in the country.

Thomas attended Brooks Elementary School in Alberta for grade school and later St. Paul’s Normal and Industrial High School in the late 1940s. The high school classes at that time were held in the old Webster Hall Building on the campus which has since been torn down. There he learned the skill of brick masonry which allowed him to use this skill as his chief career/occupation for many years and serving once as a foreman in the business. He married Lorene Coleman in the mid-1950s and to this union, one son, Tony, and two daughters were born, Ocie and Delphine. He built his all-brick three-bedroom split-level home and even though divorced, his family lives in this house to this day. He later used his skills as an auto mechanic for his livelihood from which he retired in 1996. He was known far and near in Brunswick County and adjoining areas for his kind and patience work ethics as he repaired automobiles and operated the wrecker services. He loved riding motorcycles, driving tractors, and other motored vehicles and was just fascinated as to how things worked. He traveled all the way to New Jersey on his motorcycle once or twice for a visit and just for fun.

His motto in life was, ‘Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man’. His many friends, neighbors, and relatives certainly enjoyed this positive and hospitable attitude of Thomas and often checked on him regularly while he was living at the homeplace—some bringing him garden vegetables/fruits, fresh fish, meals, and drinks for him to enjoy. When his inability to drive became evident because of his failing eyesight, faithful friends would stop by, take him for rides, and shopping. He enjoyed sitting down with visitors and just talking about the past. In December 2018, he lost his ability to live alone and became a resident of Envoy of Lawrenceville.

He will always be remembered and loved by his friends and relatives. He is survived one sister Glorine Gholson (Howard) of Triangle, Virginia, his three children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his many loyal friends. As one of the oldest current leaders/members of the church and his family, he leaves his legacy of hard work, living a Christian life, and being a friend to man. —Rest in Peace, Thomas. You were a kind and gentle man who loved life. ~Your Family

Funeral arrangements were held on May 22,2021 from the Brown’s Memorial Chapel Lawrenceville, Virginia with interment in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Lawrenceville, Virginia.