Sunday, April 7, 2013 — Thomas Berry Thrower, 68, of Oakboro, N.C., peacefully departed this life in the early morning hours of April 5, 2013.
Born April 16, 1944, he was the son of the late Frances T. Harrelson. He was educated at Asheboro High School and Randolph Industrial Education Center and was a retired traffic engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
He is survived by his wife, Frances P. Thrower. Other survivors include son, Thomas Jeffrey Thrower (Danielle) of Pfafftown, N.C.; daughter, Lauren Thrower Calfas (Duke) of Charlotte, N.C.; and son, Ryan Michael Thrower (Makayla) of Concord, N.C. Grandsons, Tyler Thrower and Marshall Calfas also survive him.
Many of Tom’s dearest friendships were made during his 40 year career with the Department of Transportation. One of the highlights of his career was leading the traffic control efforts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the height of the speedway’s growth. He was honored during his career to receive the Buford Smith Award for Excellence in Engineering, and upon retirement, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from then Governor Easley.
Tom’s active walk with God was reflected in all aspects of his life and continues to be an influence in the lives of those he touched.
The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral Home in Albemarle, N.C. from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.
A memorial service in Tom’s honor will be held on Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at Concord First Assembly, Suite 15 in The Village, 280 Concord Parkway, Concord, N.C. Pastor Phil Bennett will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001.
Condolences may be shared at www.StanlyFuneralHome.com.