Thomas (Tom) Andrew Williams passed from this life to his heavenly home on July 21, 2018 in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Tom was born in LeFlore County, Oklahoma on August 15, 1935 to Robert Steve and Ollie Virginia (Sinclair) Williams. He spent most of his childhood in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Tom had 4 sisters and 3 brothers who all preceded him in death.
At a young age, he volunteered for the US Marine Corp and served in the Korean War.
Tom visited Hobbs for the first time in 1956 to see his niece Bootsie who had married his best friend Buck Jones who was working in Hobbs. After a brief visit, Buck talked Tom into moving to Hobbs to work in the oilfield long enough to buy a new car.
Tom eventually bought the new car, but he never left Hobbs. Tom worked for most of his career as the regional salesman for Regal Tool International along with several ventures in businesses related to the oilfield and even once owned a Fina Service Station in town.
Tom’s passion was horses. He was one of the few true cowboys who could work a horse with a special touch. He started a venture of Quarter Horse Racing in 1972 and received his first win with “Rojo’s Rooster” on March 31, 1972 at Sunland Park. In 1976 he started a partnership of Quarter Horse ownership with Trent Stradley. All total Tom had 176 first place wins with his most successful horse “NameHimAStreaker” which won 28 races from 1996 to 2003. Among his favorite horses was “Amanda’s Nice Boy” which won 9 first place finishes. Tom’s last win was here in Zia Park in 2016 with “Naevussquail.”
Tom married Frankye Ann Davenport on January 15, 1974. Together they loved and enjoyed 5 boys: Bruce (Barbara) Williams of Willow Park, Texas; Randy (Durcilla) Williams of Andrews, Texas; Stanley (Becky) Williams of Hobbs, New Mexico; Craig (Sharon) Williams of Aztec, New Mexico and Shelby (Christopher) Williams of Dallas, Texas.
They have 5 grandchildren: Kari Payne, Stancle (Jordin) Williams, Charner (Katie) Williams, Patricia Williams and Randi Williams. The 5 great-grandchildren are Emma and Georgie Payne-Hargrove and Braylen, Emory, & Landon Williams.
He is survived by his spouse and children, three sisters-in-law, Virgilee Williams and Pat Williams of Anadarko along with Betty Jean Roberts of Oklahoma City; several nieces and nephews especially his beloved Bootsie’s children Marty and DeLynn Jones and Bootsie’s brother Wilford McClemore.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the many people at GoodLife Assisted Living and Star Hospice who helped us transition from this life to the next. Even though the circumstances were tough, the employees met our needs of love and concern even more than expected.
Pall Bearers: Charner Williams, Stancle Williams, Marty Jones, DeLynn Jones, Walker Stradley, and Bobby Cox
Honorary Pall Bearers: James Cecil, Frank Collins, Wilford McClemore, Trent Stradley and V.J. Callaway
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to “Cowboy Ministries” at HFA, 800 West Bender, Hobbs, NM 88240.
What a great man.
Belinda ErwinHobbd, NM
Tom was a dear family friend. My grandpa (VJ Callaway), and all their friends spent hours in our store talking about just about everything. He always greeted me with a hug and a smile. When I would walk by he would just grin and smile. I really loved the friendship they all enoughed at the Callaway coffee bar. I feel honored to have been able to be a part of Tom’s life.
Kimberly DavisFort Worth, TX
I met Tom when he had the gas station on E. Broadway, he was aways nice, I would buy gas there, we had the 7to 11 store across the street from his station
Travis BrownPoolville, TX
With deepest sympathies for the entire Williams family. Our friend, Co-worker, and Patriot - Craig is a great man and an example of great parenting from his father that I heard him many times so fondly remember.
Greg SwindleArlington, TX
Goodbye my friend....
Linda (Cates) ParkerOdessa, TX
Brother Craig and family. Our condolences and prayers to the family of Mr. Tom Williams. May Our Lord embrace his soul and give him eternal peace. God's blessings to all and know that Our Father is always with you during your extreme pain and difficult period of grief. R.I.P. OLD DAD TOM.
Andy & Mine ArambulaZapata, Texas, TX
So very sorry for your loss. Our hearts hurt with you. We are praying for your family & friends. May you all feel God's loving arms around you during this time of loss & grief. May He fill you with peace & wonderful memories.
Kathy Mahood McPherson & SueOdessa, TX
I met Tom working at Bootsies. He was always so sweet and kind every single time he came into the store, which was very often! I’ll never forget him telling us to “just call him Uncle Tom.” I’m glad to have known you! RIP, 🖤
Cassi WisneskiHobbs, NM