Thomas Lyle Williams III

    May 21, 1956  -  October 30, 2009

Life Legacy

Thomas Lyle Williams III

A memorial service for Thomas Lyle Williams III, 53 of Thomasville will be held on Monday, November 2, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Thomasville. The family will receive visitors at home on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tommy died peacefully at home on Friday, October 30, 2009 following a long battle with cancer. He was a general partner in Williams and Parker LLC. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Thomas Lyle Williams, Jr. and Marguerite Neel Williams. Tommy moved to Thomasville when he was 12 years old and was proud of his family roots that made him an eighth generation Thomas County resident. He graduated from Thomasville High School, and attended Florida State University.

A life long philanthropist, he lived out his passion for Christ, youth and conservation by not only supporting his interests financially, but also through giving of his time and leadership. His impact on this world has been profound. He dedicated the early part of his life to supporting conservation efforts in the United States. He was a tireless volunteer leader for Ducks Unlimited. Tommy served as Georgia State Chairman, Regional Vice President for the South Atlantic Flyway and Senior Vice President of the Ducks Unlimited board of directors. Tommy was honored in the State of Georgia with the Chip Allen Conservationist of the year award for his significant contributions to preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat and and waterfowl. Tommy's commitment to preserve God's creation and the hunting heritage went beyond his work with waterfowl. He was a supporter of all wing shooting and was instrumental in maintaining wild quail and their habitat in South Georgia.

Tommy was appointed to the first Thomas County/Thomasville Recreation Advisory Board in 1993. Under his leadership as Chairman, recreational opportunities for youth to participate in sports were expanded county wide. He was instrumental in the development of the Remington Avenue Recreational Complex and the construction/improvement of recreational facilities in all small towns of Thomas County.

Tommy dedicated the later part of his life to serving Christ. He did this in many ways. His vision to introduce others, particularly youth, to Christ through music is being lived out through his founding Inside Out Music Fest in Thomas County. He also founded One Heartbeat Ministries, to promote Christian based initiatives in South Georgia. As a member of First Baptist Church, he shared his testimony with the youth many times. Often on Wednesday night, he would worship with the youth rather than with the adults. He was also involved with the FBC Men's ministry. He had a heart for missions and although his health prevented him from going on mission trips, his prayer and financial support helped spread the gospel to many different people in many places. Tommy shared his personal testimony of recovery and redemption with churches, groups and individuals at every opportunity. He dedicated his life to actively participate in the path of recovery of others and helping to bring hope to those willing to seek recovery. His heart's desire was to serve others but more importantly serve the Lord.

He served as President and Trustee of the Williams Family Foundation of Georgia, a philanthropic Foundation he established with his sister and mother. He also served as a National Chairman of the Seminoles Boosters Board, President of the Brookwood Booster Board, a board member of the Thomasville Y.M.C.A., was a partner in Atlanta Fest, and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Thomasville.

Survivors include his wife, Sabrina Summers Williams; children, Thomas Lyle Williams IV, Ashlyn Elizabeth Williams, Joseph Neel Williams; step-children, Lindsey Jane Ledbetter, Tyler Ross Ledbetter; Sister, Diane Williams Parker, Nieces and Nephews; Tom and Hayley Parker of Atlanta, Stephen and Kathy Parker of Aiken, South Carolina, Alston and Philip Watt of Thomasville; grand-nieces and nephews, Katherine Page Parker, Thomas Williams Parker, Jr, Justin Harris Parker, Katlyn Ann Parker, Elijah John Kimball Parker, Christopher Cargill Watt and Parker Vance Watt.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to One Heartbeat Fund of the Community Foundation, 135 N. Broad Street, Thomasville, GA 31799; The Archbold Foundation for the new Oncology Center, 910 S. Broad Street, Thomasville, GA 31792; and the Williams Family Fund for Innovative Oncology, under the direction of Dr. Mary Jo Lechowicz, to support her efforts and work in the lymphoma at Emory Winship Cancer Institute, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Mail Code 0970-001-9AA, Atlanta, GA 30322.

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Born: May 21, 1956

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL USA

Death: October 30, 2009

Place of Death: Thomasville, GA USA

Occupation: Williams Family Foundation of Georgia

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This memorial provided by:
Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home
Thomasville, GA