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     SFC Thomas Glen McWilliams, age 44, of Lamar, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2012 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

     Thomas was born November 14, 1967, at Lamar and graduated from Lamar High School in 1986.  He enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard February 6, 1987, was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and was awarded a Bronze Star. Thomas was currently a full-time  Operation NCO at Camp Crowder as well as working as a self-employed carpenter.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed deer and turkey hunting and fishing, especially if it included sharing the experience with his children.  His greatest love was his family and he was looking forward to the birth of his first grandson, Eli Thomas McWilliams, in March.

     On June 1, 1990, at Lamar, Thomas married Mary Elizabeth Grayson and she survives of the home.  Also surviving are his son, Michael Thomas McWilliams of the home; daughters, Libby of Lamar & her husband Rusty Mulvaney currently serving in Afghanistan; and Rachel Noel McWilliams of the home; his parents, Don & Pearl McMurray, Lamar; a brother, Tim McWilliams, Lamar; two sisters, Moritta & her husband Michael Matlock, Springdale, Arkansas and Milinda & her husband Todd Brittain, Webb City; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Franz & Loretta Penner, Lamar; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doug & Tina Penner, Lamar and Bob & Cheryl Raines, Nevada;  Kathy Penner, Lamar, and Robin & Rick Spencer, Cheyenne, Wyoming; and a large extended family.  Tom was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Verl and Troy Burchell.

      The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11th at Daniel Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12th at the funeral home.  Full military honors will be conducted at the grave site.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to a scholarship fund for the McWilliams children in care of Daniel Funeral Home.






#20 Fernandina Beach, FLJohn Campbell 2012-01-27 09:48
To the McWilliams family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. He and I "grew up" (so to speak) in the Missouri National Guard, signing up within months after graduation from high school, and becoming promoted to SGT at about the same time in '92. I will always remember his unflappable attitude toward all of our missions and assignements. He had a great way of keeping things in perspective. He was fun to be around. He will be missed. Please accept our condolences.
#19 Pella, IAJohn Butler 2012-01-25 17:14
Mary, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Tom. He and I grew up and graduated together. I have a lot of good memories of Tom when we were growing up. God bless you and your family.
#18 Lamar, MODenzil Divine 2012-01-16 07:15
Mary so sorry about the loss of Tommy. It is so sad. He and you went to school with our sons, and they were totally shocked about his death, So you and your family are in our prayers for strength and comfort.
#17 EL Dorado Springs , MissouriDarrell Martin , Cory Martin 2012-01-14 07:18
My condolences to Mary and the family. I was shocked to hear of this tragic loss ! Keep strong and never forget the memories that you had together.
#16 Neosho MOCharles Haase 2012-01-12 18:39
Tom was a great friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed. From all the soldiers of Delta CO 1-138th IN REGT, I want to express our sincerest condolences to your family.
#15 Teresa DemingsShelton 2012-01-12 12:45
Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. I've known Tom since we were kids and went to school together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.
#14 Nevada, MOLinda Switlik 2012-01-12 12:12
Mary, Jim and I are so very sorry to hear the news of Tom's illness and passing. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I can only echo the words of others in saying what kind of man and soldier he was-one of the best.
#13 Ozark, Mo.Bill Chambers 2012-01-12 07:55
I did not know Tom, but my Son thought a lot of him, (Staff Sgt. Dennis Chambers). My prayers to a Soldier's Family, may there be many good memories. Thank you for his service to our Country.
#12 GWA, Green Cove Springs, FLCliff Weise 2012-01-12 06:44
All of us at GWA and the ARNG Readiness Center in Arlington, VA were sad to receive the news of Tom's passing. Tom was admired by all as a fine soldier and a great friend. A memorium has been sent to American Cancer Society in his memory.
#11 Ft Leonard WoodMarcus Spartan 2012-01-11 06:46
We here at the FLW Site are very sorry to learn of Tom's passing, and send our most heartfelt condolences to his Family. We are keeping you all in our prayers. God Bless.

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