Thaddeus Williams

Thaddeus Williams

Served in the
Air Force
Thaddeus Thomas 'Thad'? Williams husband father grandfather great-grandfather soldier builder entrepreneur painter songwriter potter and practical joker-passed away on Tuesday May 29 2007 at his home in Suffolk VA. He was a renaissance man and devout Christian a lifetime member of Bethlehem Christian Church a deacon emeritus who served on the church's board of finance and was a member of the Taylor-Brittle Sunday School Class. Thad fought in World War Two in the 78th Lightening Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge
and the Remagen Bridge Battle serving a combined 41 years in the Army and as a First Sergeant in the 111th ADA Air Defense Artillery
Brigade in the Virginia National Guard. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #30 Suffolk Elks Lodge #685 " Kings Fork Ruritan Club and life member of the Son's of the Confederacy.

He was preceded in death by his parents" Hatcher and Ima S. Williams; sister Isabel; brothers Joel Watson Wendell Furman and Bernard.

He is survived by two sisters Polly Jones
Anne Pierce and brother Charles F. Williams of Suffolk.

Thad is also survived by his loving wife of 56 years Nancy W. Williams and his four daughters Ruth W. Kiley and Ned of Bainbridge Island WA; Jean W. Reilly and Michael of Norfolk VA; Debbie W. Chappell and Russell of Suffolk; Betty W. Manzi and John of Longmeadow MA; thirteen grandchildren seven great-grandchildren and many nieces nephews cousins and friends who will remember him as a man who led by example-his native intelligence unparalleled humor and deep humane warmth are a continuing gift to all who knew him.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Christian Church by the Rev. Jonathan Palmer with burial in Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Christian Church Building Fund 1549 Holland Road Suffolk VA 23434 or to the National Emphysema/COPD Association 2425 Ridgecrest Dr. SE Albuquerque NM 87108-5127. Condolences may be registered at


To Nancy and all of the Williams famiy our prayers and thoughts are with you. Blessings to you T.A. Powell Lynchburg Va.

T.A. Powell

Aunt Nancy girls & grandchildren: I will miss Uncle Thad's many stories. The true ones and the not so true ones. All of you are in my prayers. Stacy Harrell Barbousville VA

Stacy Harrell

Nancy Debbie Rusty and Family I was deeply saddened when I heard about Thad's passing. I also know that he is in a better place as well as teaching and playing practical jokes on all of his friends that preceeded him. My service with him in "ALPHA" Battery has alwasy been cherrished in this retired officer's memory and heart. I always looked forward to hearing his gruff voice as well as receiving his enthusiastic knowledge in multiple areas. He will surely be missed by your family and the multitudes of lives he touched. Thanx for the memories 1SG. LTC Ret Lennie Carr

Lennie Carr

The members of the Veterans of the 3D 111th lost a Dear Friend. The years spent in the military and retirement with Thad Williams has enriched all with his unique talents. Cicero said it best. Friends improves happiness and abate misery by doubling our joys and dividing our grief. That sure sounds like Thad to me. He will surely be missed. Wayne Windley

Wayne Windley

Ruth and all the Williams Family I read in the Virginian-Pilot that your Dad passed away May 29th. Please know that you and all members of the Williams Family are in my thoughts and prayers. He meant so much to so many. He will be missed. Love Mary Charlotte Pearce Boyette

Mary Charlotte Pearce Boyette

Betty John Katie Jenn Christina Laura Angelo Thinking about you back home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Williams Family. Love Mark And Angela

Mark and Angela

A father-in-law & a friend has departed from our midst. His shadow and memory will not quickly fad. Even now I clearly hear his voice when I walk into the Williams' home. It was an honor to have known him and for him to be apart of my life. You will be missed.

Michael Reilly

Ruth Jean and all the Williams Family So sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of your dad and the neighborhood. It certainly sounds like if anyone lived a complete life he did. WIsh I could make the service today but I am thinking of you all. Cling tightly to all the wonderful memories you have. That always brings a smile when I think of my Mom & Dad. Tommy & Sandra

Thomas Dunn

Nancy We were so sorry to learn of Thad's passing. We will never forget all the fun socials we had in sorority with our husbands - we could always count on Thad for a good story and lots of laughs! We will cherish those memories. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. Claudia and Irvin

Claudia Salmon

To John Betty and Family Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time. Having lost my dad not so long ago please know that as time passes the tears become less and the memories become more. God Bless.....Starla

Starla George

To the Williams Family Bobby and I wanted to express our deepest sympathies to each one of you and to let you know how very much impressed we both were at the beautiful outpouring of love shown to Thad last night and today. We were especially impressed with the e-mail Thad sent to Mike!!!!! What a blessing to know he is with our Lord...the same Lord who gives us grace and peace in difficult times like this. God bless you are in our prayers.

Bobby & Sue Maroulis

One of the best things in my life has been knowing Thad. I'm going to have a hard time finding a new " Working Partner."


While I did not know Mr. Williams he was the organizer of our North-South Skirmish Association Team - The Nansemond Guards Co. E 6th Virginia Infantry. I thought it would be appropriate at this time of your deep sorrow to include some notes on his Great Grandfather Thaddeus Granshaw Williams - a man I would be proud to call my ancester: Initial Formation of the 6th Virginia Infantry Company E 1st ' CPT John Myers' Company or 'Company R'? was raised in Portsmouth and the Gosport Navy Yard right after the burning of that same yard. CPT Myers was a U.S. Marine Corps ordnance SGT. Assigned to duty at the Entrenched Camp many of the members found the CPT's Marine Corps ways beyond their tolerance and the unit was disbanded on 1 September 1861. They were assigned to the 6th VA Inf under the command of CPT Thaddeus G. Williams on 1 October 1861. Company E 2nd ' This company the 'Nansemond Guard'? enlisted at Bethlehem Church Nansemond County on 6 August 1861 for one year and mustered on 14 September 1861. Under command of CPT Thaddeus G. Williams They were assigned to the 6th VA Inf on 1 October 1861. Following the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862 In early February the 6th VA with Mahone's Brigade moved to a new camp west of Fredericksburg at United States Ford on the Rappahannock River. Rotating with other regiments in the Brigade the 6th pulled guard duty at the ford with Union pickets watching them from across the river. Meanwhile Lee had been busy improving the condition and morale of his army. Cutting unfit officers and starting a system of furloughs improved discipline and the appearance of his soldiers. A total of 4 men in the 6th VA Inf who underwent courts marital for desertion were sentenced to death during that winter of 1862-1863. All were sent to Castle Thunder Prison in Richmond and all had their sentences suspended. PVT George W. Browder of Company I was pardoned by President Davis; he volunteered for the Winder Legion in Richmond. Browder survived the war. PVT Aaron Floyd Jones of Company A was pardoned by GEN Lee and was released in time to participate in the Battle of the Crater on 30 July 64 in which he was killed. PVT Francis Morris of Company D had his sentence suspended and returned to his company. He surrendered at Appomattox. PVT Allen Matthews of Company E had his sentence suspended on the appeal of his company commander CPT Thaddeus G. Williams and survived the war. Death of CPT Thaddeus Granshaw Williams at the Battle of Wilcox's Farm During the Siege of Petersburg 22 June 1864 CPT Thaddeus Granshaw Williams commanding Company E was leading his men in a charge during this action near Wilcox Farm when he was shot in the head and killed instantly. According to Reverend William B. Wellons who had visited with the CPT just the previous day: 'A Minnie sic ball passed through his head above the right eye and he died immediately. We found him after 9:00 o'clock at night and brought him into town.'? Then with the body safely retrieved 'over the remains we all wept because a brave and good man had fallen.'? '?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?'?' Thaddeus G. Williams Service Summary Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 8/6/1861 at Nansemond County VA as a Captain. On 8/6/1861 he mustered into 'E'? Co. VA 6th Infantry He was killed on 6/22/1864 at Wilcox's Farm Petersburg" VA Shot in the head He was listed as: 'Sick 9/18/1862 Petersburg"" VA 'Returned 12/20/1862 place not stated Other Information: 'Born in 1822 in Nansemond County"" VA '12/12/64 claim made by Mary J." Widow" 3 children. 'Son of Moses & Mary"" 'Worth: Real Estate $3000" Personal$18 500 I am sure Mr. Williams is with his Great Grandfather enjoying the fruits of their Christian lives in the Eternal. I sincerely hope that the connection between these find

Edward C. Engle

To Betty and your whole family It sounds like your Dad taught you all a lot of things about life and about people that you and your children will carry foward. Thinking of you at this difficult time. MichaelJeannieJames and Jackie

The Filomeno Family

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