Thomas Anthony Williams

Thomas Anthony “Tank” Williams was born on Wednesday October 1, 1958 in Monticello NY to the late Thomas "Spot" Williams and Willie Mae Strong. God called him home on his birthday, Thursday October 1, 2020 in Troy NY. He was 62 years old.


Tank was the youngest of seven children. He gave his deep-rooted love and exhilarating smile to them all. Tank loved nature. He enjoyed fishing and had a passionate love for music. Writing, singing and playing in a hometown band were some of his favorite pastimes. To his children he was a ray of hope, courage, and strength. Through his understanding and wisdom, he was the foundation that kept his family together. He taught them to respect everyone, to love one another, and most of all to love God. He engaged people in conversations and created smiles everywhere he went. He is remembered by many for being one who offered joy and wise counsel to those who he encountered. 


Tank is survived by his three sons Thomas Anthony Williams III (TJ) of Albany NY, Troy Williams of Baytown Texas, and Tawan Williams of Troy NY; one grandson Zacharius Williams; a host of stepchildren; two brothers Mathew Strong of Hamilton NJ, and Eddie (Lance) Strong of the Netherlands; a sister Lela Houston of Highland NY; his favorite aunt Anne Strong of Philadelphia PA; his devoted girlfriend Shawn Duncan of Albany NY; and a  host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Tank was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Freddie Lee “Fox” Strong, Joseph Strong; a sister Lola Armstead; nephews James, Herman & Wayne Armstead; anda niece Crissey Anne Armstead.


Tank, you wil be greatly missed.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 12:00 noon at the Bethlehem Temple Church, 93 Fairground Road in Monticello.  Viewing will be from 11am until the time of the service.  Burial will follow at Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.  Due to the current health crisis, social distancing guidelines must be met - a limited number of people at one time will be allowed in the church, and facemasks are required. 


Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello NY; for additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit