Thomas A. Davis Jr.

March 2, 1941September 14, 2018
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Thomas A. Davis, 77, of Austin, passed away on September 14, 2018. Tommy was born in Quitman, Mississippi on March 2, 1941.

The family moved to Houston where Tommy attended school and University of Houston. Tommy joined the Department of Public Safety where he dedicated 43 years of service to the citizens of the State of Texas. Tommy served as the Director of DPS until he proudly retired in 2008.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Sr. and Dorothy, his brother Larry, his sister Helen and his grandson Jaden.

Tommy is survived by his loving wife Claire, his sons Scott and wife Heather, Charles and wife Amanda, his daughter Sandra, and his grandchildren: Derek, Kaley, Kimberly, Alex, Nathan, Carolyn and Katherine and many extended family members.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 20 from 4:30-7:30pm at Cook Walden Funeral Home. Celebration of life services will be on Friday, September 21 beginning at 11:00am with a reception to follow at Shoreline Church. Interment will be at the Texas State Cemetery for a private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to The 100 Club of Central Texas, Texas Children’s Hospital, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

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    Friday, September 21, 2018


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john davis

September 22, 2018

Claire and Family,

Our deepest condolences for the loss of Tommy. Praying for his peaceful rest.

We all be missing him.


John and Noli Davis

Sylvia Garcia

September 22, 2018

In 1993 I left my friends and family to join Tony in Austin not knowing anybody and feeling lost. Tony introduced me to many of the people in headquarters and the way Tommy treated me and made me feel welcome is something I will always remember. His kind words and warm heart are just a few things that I will always cherish in my memory of him. Rest In Peace Colonel.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Claire and the family.

Sylvia and Tony Garcia

Sam Davis

September 21, 2018

Claire and Family, so sad to learn of Tommy's passing. There are so many memories of Tommy that I just do not know how to begin. From the days at "Glory Den", his brief attendance at Quitman School, fishing in Gordon Creek, life on the farm in Collinsville and a lot of time in Houston when I stayed with the family during Christmas. The farm in Collinsville is especially memorable due to an incident on Gin Creek-Aunt Dorothy had told us not to go swimming since the water was too high. Well we went anyway and I jumped in first and immediately got in trouble. Thankfully Tommy was a better swimmer and pulled me out. I would have been a goner then if it had not been for Tommy. They are all such good memories.

I know that you all will miss him so much. May God Bless all of you.

Debbie Ellison

September 21, 2018

Sorry for the loss of your Dad. So proud you followed in his foot steps.
Aunt Debbie

Brenda Graham

September 21, 2018

I am so sorry Scott and Heather for your loss my deepest sympathy and condolences and prayers for you and your family .

Chuck Bailey

September 21, 2018

I met Tommy while I was serving as DPS General Counsel in the early 80’s . I watched as he rose through the ranks handling each new position with skill and honor. When he became Director he displayed those same abilities. And when things became politically unpleasant, he stuck to his beliefs. I have worked for or with every director since 1978 and Tommy was as good as they come. Claire, Sharmon and I send you thoughts of grace and strength.

michael mclaughlin

September 20, 2018

In November,1964, four young men from Houston , Texas set out on what was to be a lifetime adventure with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Tommy Davis, Jim Fife , Jim Garrett and I rode together in Garrett's car , driven by his wife, not knowing what lay ahead but we knew we didn't have a ride back to Houston if something went wrong. As luck would have it, we met Gary Gray from Angleton who had a car. He agreed to be our chauffeur for the entire recruit school, which by sheer luck, all of us made it. Unfortunately Gary Gray left DPS early on. The rest of us completed a great career with many rewards except Fife , who still works in the DPS regulatory Division. To a man we all felt Tommy was a special person and a great friend. Like everyone else, we'll miss him, but our memories of a truly wonderful man and his very special friendship will live on forever. God Bless You Tommy. May You rest in Peace. All my best to Claire and the rest of Tommy's amazing family.
Mike McLaughlin Texas DPS 1964 to 1995

Mike Fincher

September 20, 2018

I first met Tommy in 1982 when he was the coach of the Houston DPS softball team. I was a young Highway Patrol trooper and he was in the Criminal Intelligence Service. I was extremely impressed by him and the other CLE personnel who were on that team, and these relationships ultimately led me to promote to the Criminal Intelligence Service in 1989. Whenever I was in Austin and went by DPS Headquarters, Tommy took the time to meet with me and talk to me about my career and family. He was always good to me, and he never forgot our "first name" relationship even when he became Director. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing, but I know that he is in a better place. My deepest condolences to Claire, Scott and the rest of the family. Rest in peace!

Stephen Dowell

September 20, 2018

Claire and Family,
We were so saddened to learn of Tommy's passing and want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Tommy was a good friend and colleague that could always be counted on whatever the situation might be. He was a professional law enforcement officer that was respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. He will truly be missed. Please take comfort in knowing that God is looking over you and your family during this time of loss. God Bless you all and may you rest in peace Tommy.
Steve and Debbie Dowell
DPS 1966-1971
US Customs RAC (Ret)

Curtis Williams

September 20, 2018

Claire and family,
Please accept our deepest condolences from Virginia and I. I know that Tommy has been a tremendous mentor and roll model to so many and will be greatly missed. We wish you all peace and God's Blessings.