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Thomas Williams

August 15, 1935 — July 21, 2018

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.

Visitation


Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso
Hobbs, NM  88240
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Service


Funeral Service

Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso St.
Hobbs, NM  88240
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
10:00 am

Cemetery


Prairie Haven Memorial Park
2201 E. Stanolind
Hobbs, NM  88240

Memorial Contributions


"Cowboy Ministries" at HFA
800 West Bender
Hobbs, NM  88240
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