Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek

9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX


Thomas "T.J." James Avery

November 13, 1974February 9, 2020

Thomas James “T.J.” Avery passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the age of 45 after battling Pancreatic Cancer. He bravely faced the grim prognosis of the disease with determination, grace, and humor. He was born on November 13, 1974 in Corpus Christi, TX and grew up in Mathis, TX. He graduated from Mathis High School in 1993 and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX where we would meet his future wife, Tanya. He graduated Texas A&M in May 1998 with a degree in Ocean Engineering. T.J. and Tanya were married in Del Rio, TX on September 5, 1998 and enjoyed 21 years of marriage before his passing. T.J. was employed with INTECSEA for almost 20 years as a structural engineer and most recently as a subsea structural engineering discipline manager.

T.J.’s passions were his sons, Henry and Michael, tinkering in the garage, building one-of-a-kind Lego creations, and nature photography. For the past 9 years, T.J. taught workshops on nature and night photography in the Big Bend region of Texas, inspiring many photographers and capturing the beauty of the land. TJ was a founding member of the TexLUG group- a Texas Lego users group. His love of Lego spanned over forty years and he never ceased building and creating.

He is survived by his wife, Tanya; sons, Henry (14) and Michael (11); mother and step-father, Margaret and Roy Sugarek; biological father and step-mother, David and Hera Logan; grandmothers, Elizabeth Falk and Carolyn Rittgers; grandfather, Millard Logan; sisters, Sarah (Tim) Palombo, Lacy (Larry) Olson, Alex Logan, and brother Adam Logan; mother-in-law, Dorothy Birkhead; father-in-law, Al Birkhead; brother-in-law, Clint (Michelle) Birkhead; sister-in-law, Kristine Birkhead; nieces, Kathryn Palombo and Charlotte Birkhead; nephews, David Birkhead, Levi Olson, Justice Trainer, and Isaac Palombo. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that loved him.

He is preceded in death by his father, James E. Avery; grandparents, Adele and Henry Lyle; and biological mother, Nancy Logan.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church, 17020 West Rd. Houston, TX 77095. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Big Bend Conversancy: bigbendfriends.org or PANCAN- Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: pancan.org

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at HCA Hospital in North Cypress and Kingwood for their amazing compassion and support of the family during this difficult time.

We are all blessed to have known such a wonderful, generous, humorous, intelligent, and creative man and our worlds will not be the same without him. As we look to the night sky, we know that he is now among the celestial stars that he photographed so brilliantly.


14 March

Memorial Service

11:00 am

St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church

17020 West Rd.
Houston, TX 77095


Thomas "T.J." James Avery

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Chris DuPond

February 15, 2020

I will miss TJ Dearly. We co-chaired Brickfiesta 2012 in Houston. One of my the best times in my life. He was fun to work with, play with, talk to. Smart, funny, kind.
Below is one of his famous super-cranes with my castle in the background.
He will not be forgotten and I look forward to seeing him again...
Love and peace to you Tanya, Henry and Michael.

Linda O’Connell

February 15, 2020

I am so proud of T J’s life accomplishments. He was the best and as a young child I knew he would be successful in life, which he was! Henry and Michael you can be so proud of your dad and follow in his footprints and make him proud!
T.J. will always hold a special place in my heart, as I loved him so much!

James Thomas

February 14, 2020

As a parent for the baseball team that TJs son played on he provided us with a lifetime of memories through his photography that we will always remember him by. God speed sir!

Adriana Santos

February 14, 2020

I worked with TJ for almost twenty years and what memories I have is laughter. Your memory will always be a happy one and I am proud to call you my friend.

Mary Batlan

February 13, 2020

with sympathy and prayers from Westlake United Methodist Church, friends of Darlene & Becky.

Sharron Reed Gavin

February 13, 2020

I loved TJ's art - he had a show here in Terlingua last year and I am so glad we have his art in our home. My heart breaks for his beautiful family. I knew he was diagnosed with cancer and I knew from a photo last week he wasn't doing well but had no idea it had progressed this far.

What an incredible human being; what an incredible family. He shared his gifts with all of us in the Big Bend - teaching nighttime photography classes and more.


James Simpson

February 13, 2020

I loved drinking beer (and talking about it) with T.J. Before I gave it up, the last beer I ever drank was a Belgian (my favorite kind) with T.J., sitting in his backyard. That, friends, is how you drop the mic and walk offstage.

Elina M. Long

February 13, 2020

Tanya and family, my sincerest condolences to all, I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.

Ruben Topete

February 13, 2020

Dalia and I were heartbroken when we found out about TJs passing. Our most sincere condolences go out to all who were part of his life. For all of you just realize that you never lose a loved one, you only start learning how to live without him on this earth. Through you he will live on!

Traci Zimmerhanzel

February 13, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of TJ's passing. I have vivid memories as a young child, of visiting the family home at the state park...TJ would always chase Sarah and I around playing tag, or push us on the swingset. He always made me laugh. I know he will surely be missed...