Tommy G. McWilliams, Jr.

Nov. 11, 1918 - Feb. 17, 2018

Tommy G. McWilliams, Jr., of Waco, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., March 10, 2018, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, with visitation to follow.

Tommy was born to Tommy G. McWilliams and Jewel Buice McWilliams in McGregor, Texas, on November 11, 1918. The family moved to Waco in 1925 where Tommy attended Waco schools through his graduation from Waco High School in 1936. His greatest memory of high school was playing football for the legendary coach Paul Tyson. After graduating from high school, he attended Baylor University, where he graduated in 1940. Shortly after his graduation from Baylor, Tommy was appointed a Special Agent for the F.B.I., for which he served 28 distinguished years. After retiring from the F.B.I., he accepted a position as Chief of the McLennan County Adult Probation Dept., eventually retiring from the county in 1981. While Chief of the department he established the first halfway house for probationers in the state of Texas.

Despite having a career with the FBI that took Tommy out of town quite often, he was still active in his church and the community. He was a deacon at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for 65 years, coached at Lake Air Little League, was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, and was active in The March of Dimes, Waco Humane Society, McLennan County Council on Alcoholism and the American Red Cross.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Betty A. McWilliams.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth; sons, Lloyd R. McWilliams and wife, Nancy, Gary L. McWilliams and wife, Janice; sister, Dorothy Laux; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to especially thank Right At Home Health Care and Angie, and Providence Hospice for their loving care and assistance.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Frank Wilson Sunday School Class of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the building fund at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church or to the Baylor University Endowed Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco , Texas 76798-7050.