Thomas Henry Williams Jr., beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, was born June 9, 1934, at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C., to Thomas Henry Williams Sr. and Roberta Smith Williams. He went to his eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
Thomas, sometimes known as "Bobby," of King George, and his wife, Loretta, were married for more than 47 years. They were married in Goochland, at the home of her deceased grandmother.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta; four children, Lorinda T. Jeter of King George, Anthony T. Williams and wife Linda of King George, Nathan H. Williams and wife Monica of Henrico, and Sharon Y. Hayden and husband Paul of Spotsylvania County; three sisters, Peggyanne Whitley of Camp Spring, Md., Ro-Burma Ware of Randallstown, Md., and Janice Wallace of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Miguel Williams of Suitland, Md.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Thomas attended Central High School in Washington, D.C. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Of the many places he was stationed, his favorite location was Greenland, where he especially enjoyed mountain climbing. He attended the National Art Academy and had an apprenticeship with the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., where one of his more interesting duties was working with Congressional Records. He was also on the Metropolitan Police Force in Washington, D.C., and he worked at the Library of Congress for several years, where he met his wife, Loretta. He also worked at White Packing Plant in King George and Printpack in Fredericksburg.
Thomas had several hobbies: hunting, fishing, photography and traveling. He especially enjoyed family histories, which is why he spent so much of his time working with genealogy.
A viewing will be held Friday, March 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the funeral home, with viewing one hour before the service. Elder Lindsay O. Green will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Heart Association.