Buford Cathey Throneberry

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

On December 27, 2016, at age 91, Mr. Buford Throneberry passed away peacefully in his home.

"The Good Lord Made Me a Carpenter"

Buford Cathey Throneberry was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Cornersville, Tenn. He was a Son, Faithful Husband, Father, "Grandaddy," Friend, member of The Church of Christ and perhaps most memorably a builder. Mary Margaret Beckham and Buford Cathey Throneberry were married June 19, 1948. After many moves and business ventures, they settled and raised their five children in Franklin, Tenn., where Buford developed and constructed multiple single-family homes. It was when their eldest son Johnny enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University in the fall of 1969 he reported to his father that there was a shortage of places to rent in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In that moment Mr. Throneberry fully realized the opportunity he had before him. The Throneberry's packed everything they owned on a 1959 GMC flatbed truck and made the move to Murfreesboro. That same year, Mr. and Mrs. Throneberry secured the very first multifamily building permit issued in Rutherford County. Faced with innumerable obstacles, setbacks and closed doors, Mr. Throneberry's tenacious will to succeed set the tone for what would follow. "Watch Me," were words heard often from the fearless pioneer as he went on to carve his place into Rutherford County's history, one unit at a time. Mr. Throneberry and his family went on to construct, own and operate over Fourteen Hundred multifamily rental units. Today, many of these properties are still owned and operated by his children and grandchildren.

When not tirelessly working, he was well known for being a storyteller extraordinaire, mentor to many, traveler, gardener and he loved to think of himself of a big time cattle rancher and cowboy. He proudly supported Middle Tennessee Christian School. To Buford, his ultimate goal and greatest accomplishment was implementing the first football program at MTCS.

Come along with me, the best is yet to be, and we believe we have yet to see the lasting impact of Buford Throneberry's legacy.

He is preceded in death by his parents Flora Riley Throneberry and John William Throneberry, wife Mary Margaret Beckham Throneberry, son John "Johnny" Beckham Throneberry and daughter Dr. Mary Beth Throneberry.

He is survived by three children, Cathy Throneberry Hudson (Mike), James "Jimmy" Duncan Throneberry Sr., and Thomas "Tommy" Ross Throneberry (Beth), all of Murfreesboro, TN.

One brother in law, Ross Beckham of Lewisburg, Tenn.

Grandsons, Chase Sinquefield (Greta), Dr. Jess Sinquefield (Stacey), Jim Throneberry, Jr. (Brett), Paul Hudson, Frank Throneberry, (Maribeth), Luke Throneberry (Ellen), John Throneberry, II., Buford Cathey Throneberry, II.

Granddaughters, Susan Riley Throneberry Burton, Olivia Throneberry, Lacy Sinquefield Gregory (Ryan), Kelly Malak (Cody), Sarah Throneberry, Dana Throneberry (Kyle), Victoria Throneberry Barnes (Tyler) and Cathey Buford Throneberry.

Great Grandsons, Eli Burton, J. Paul Sinquefield, II., Ryder Throneberry, Beckham Gregory, Davis Gregory, Henry Seals, Jackson Throneberry, Bowen Throneberry and Jack Bailey Barnes.

Great Granddaughters, Ella Burton, Jewel Sinquefield, Lila Belle Sinquefield, Maryanna Seals, Amelia Throneberry and Piper Throneberry.

Dear friends and caregivers, The Savage Family.

Visitation with the family was Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, 4-7p.m. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at London Funeral Home, Lewisburg, Tenn., with Bro Tony Holt officiating. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg. Grandsons were Pallbearers. The Honorary Pallbearers were the MTCS Football Team and Alumni. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middle Tennessee Christian School on behalf of The Dr. Mary Beth Throneberry Scholarship Fund or The Athletic Booster Club.