TDCJ correctional officer passes away after being hospitalized with COVID-19

Posted at 4:15 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 17:15:38-05

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee who was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.

Correctional Officer V Timothy Beggs, 61, had nearly 13 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to Hospital Galveston in Galveston.

He tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to a Galveston hospital on November 24, 2020, according to TDCJ.

"His condition deteriorated quickly this week and he passed away in the morning hours of December 9, 2020," the Department said in a Facebook post.

Officer Beggs leaves behind his wife of 14 years Angela, four children and two grandchildren.

“Timothy Beggs came to TDCJ after serving in the US Army and knew exactly the meaning of service and family,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He was dedicated to his agency and was known for always lending a helping hand. The thoughts and prayers of the entire TDCJ family are with the Beggs during this difficult time.”

“He was known as a team player who was dedicated to his work and his co-workers,” said Correctional Institutions Division Director Bobby Lumpkin. “Timothy Beggs lived with a positive outlook and was known for his smile and sense of humor even in trying times. Officer Beggs was held in high regard by the Hospital Galveston team and he will be terribly missed.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had twenty-six employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.