T.J. Williams

T.J. (Tommie Joe) Williams, Retired Virginia State Trooper of Newport News, 80, passed away on the morning of January 13, 2024, at Riverside Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loved ones, after an unexpectedly short journey with cancer. 

T.J. was a longtime resident of Newport News and had resided in Williamsburg before that. He is survived by a son, Eric (Darcy), and their children Kyle (Alex), Laney, Jack, and Callie, and a daughter, Kim (Rich), and their children Benjamin, Connor, and Sasha Ryan. T.J. was blessed when he married Debbie (Cutler) in 1992, adding a son, Travis, and later, two very special grandchildren, Taylor and Logan. After marrying Debbie, her sister Darlene (Bill) and their daughter Lora, along with a very special niece Ann (Brian) and their children Zach and Ryleigh, whom T.J. treated as if they were his grandchildren, completed his family. T.J. was immensely proud of being a father and grandfather and supported them all in any way he could. T.J. is also survived by three cousins, Brenda Hartl of Texas, Wilma Stammer of Maryland, and Paula Slagle of Chesapeake. 

T.J. served in the United States Army before becoming a Virginia State Trooper on July 16, 1968, and retired after serving 23 years. In his younger years, he was proud to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and, as an adult, he lived life to the fullest. He was passionate about hunting, fishing, and gardening, and when he wasn’t enjoying outside activities, he could be found at his computer, playing Diablo with friends near and far. T.J. and Debbie loved to travel- journeying to every corner of Canada and the United States in their R.V. and visiting every state except Hawaii. If there had been a road and a roadmap to get there with his R.V., there is no doubt that he would have gotten there, too. 

Debbie would like to thank Dr. Strange and Julie Lear for their extraordinary care and compassion and Travis, Kyle, and Logan for their unwavering support throughout the most recent difficult weeks. 

Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m., with a Funeral Service at noon on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. The graveside committal service will follow after the service at Peninsula Memorial Park. Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund at 6942 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, Virginia 23225.  

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  1. Dan & Candy Dillner

    Dear Debbie, We are so sad to hear about TJ & wanted to send you & your family our love & prayers! We have very fond memories of sitting down at the beach in Key Largo with both of you! God bless you always! Love & prayers!

  2. Dick Mumford

    TJ was a very special friend. I was shocked to hear of his passing as I was unaware that he was ill. I will truly miss him, his memory will live on in my heart and I will never forget him. To Debbie and all his family go my deepest sympathy.

  3. Pete and Debi Hargis

    Dear Debbie. I know this was a huge shock and heartbreak to you, Travis and Logan. My heart goes out to you. No one could have loved TJ more or done more for him. I am so grateful he had you and his family through you! So grateful Kyle was there for him and you also! TJ was an original and will be truly missed. Love you all!

  4. Scott Williams

    We are lifting the entire Williams family up in prayer. Please know that TJ was an outstanding law enforcement officer and friend to many. He made a difference in our community and will be missed.

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