Thomas Henry “Tom” “Coach” “Brow” Williams

Thomas Henry “Tom” “Coach” “Brow” Williams, 85, passed away on January 24, 2017.  He was born on February 4, 1931 in Paris, Texas to Alfred Gantt Williams and Carrie Leona Williams.

Tom graduated from high school in Paris, Texas and enlisted in the Army in 1952.  He graduated from Paris Junior College and then received a Bachelors and Masters degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Tx.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Anne, his sister Adean Cooley and his niece Cheryle Ellis.

He is survived by his sister Johana Henderson, nephews Robbie, Randall, and Darrell Henderson and Todd Elias; niece Dawn Elias Loverde, sister-in-law Susan Elias and brother-in-law John Hackel.

Tom and Anne came to LaMarque to teach and coach in 1959.  Tom taught and was the varsity football coach at LaMarque High School for many years and retired from the school system after 30 years.

Tom was an avid sports fan and athlete.  He especially loved baseball, football and golf.  He lettered in several sports in high school and even played semi-pro for a short time after high school.  He was an excellent golfer and enjoyed playing many years at LaMarque Country Club before its closure.

He loved family, friends, people, and above all his wife of 61 years who passed away last year.  He loved “old classic” country music and watching the old western movies on tv.  He never met a stranger and always had a story to tell.  He had a special connection to young people and kept up with many of his former students and athletes over the years.  He never forgot a name once he’d met you.  His big smile, laugh, and zest for life will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Michaels Episcopal Church, 1601 Lake Rd., LaMarque, Texas on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.


  1. RIP Coach! I know you and Leroy are playing golf together in heaven. I will miss you!
    My condolences to the family.

    Donald Carey
  2. Coach Tom was a mentor for so many of us who grew up in La Marque ISD. RIP Coach – you will be missed by all of us.

    Connie Hanks
  3. He lived in Hitchcock, coached in La Marque, but his heart was always in Paris.

    Jim Kirby
  4. Out of all the coaches I have had in my life, Coach Tom was the best, not only a good coach but a friend you could count on, He will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to be around him, RIP coach

    Ed Davis
  5. I am always amazed as to how former coaches and teachers remember their former students. Tom Williams was one of those who remembered. Coach Williams was always fair to me. I think he only wanted the best for us and only until a few years ago, did I know he had to take of his wife for a very long time. God bless him. He was a good mentor to so very many. And may God give us comfort and peace in holding on to the very good memories of this wonderful man.

    Dr. Keith & Diane Bellamy
  6. You are one of the reasons I am proud to call myself a La Marque Tiger. MThank you for your dedication to your students. You will always be an example to follow. R.I.P. Coach.

    Debra Hutto Carlisle
  7. I have always heard that you can count your close friends on one hand. I lost one finger on that hand when Coach Tom passed away. I worked for him back in the late 70’s and we have been friends ever since. I will truly miss talking to him as we did regularly. We took a trip last July and we went to Glacier National Park for a week and we had a great time! He even rode the gondola! That was a riot! He always said that when he dies he wants “Press” put on his stone. He was a great competitor and he never lost. He either ran out of holes or the lights went out, or the clock said O. I will miss him!
    Cecil Newton

    Cecil Newton
  8. Coach Tom was an incredible example to all his students throughout the years and beyond. He genuinely cared for everyone he met. His love and care for Anne was an amazing witness of God’s love.

    Joy Wilson
  9. Coach was a wonderful coach..teacher..and mentor and friend. He was always available to talk to us no matter how hectic his agenda. He helped me when I was at a crossroads and his help pointed me in a direction that has been an awesome journey. I will never forget how caring he was to all of us….God bless you coach Tom..Rest in peace

    John Priddy
  10. Coach Tom was an awesome coach,teacher,mentor,drivers ed teacher and friend.He kept in touch with me after graduation.We went to lunch several times.I miss him.I have no doubt he is with God.God bless you Coach Tom.

    David Brown

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