Robert Omega Thrower was born January 21, 1938 in Franklin County, North Carolina to Mattie Belle Harvey Thrower and Alfred L. Thrower, Sr.. Robert was called home on April 25, 2018 at home where he was surrounded by his wife, Mary, together over thirty-seven years, his children and grandchildren. He was God’s faithful servant and a devout Christian.
Robert was quick to entertain with stories of growing up in Franklinton with his father, mother, five siblings, family and friends. He was known for joking around and don’t dare him to do something. After graduating high school, he took his antics up to New York then joined the United States Air Force. He served most of his twenty-three years in telecommunications and continued to serve his country another thirteen years as a USAF spouse, Base Custom Inspector, Youth Sports Director, President of PTA and much more. He traveled the world living in the Philippines, Wyoming, Japan, Texas, Thailand, Taiwan, Louisiana, Italy, and Germany. Then in 1995 he retired from military life and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2006, he completed the circle, bringing his family back to his roots on the homeland in Franklinton. In his travels around the world he touched many people with his love of life.
Robert was a sports enthusiast. He played basketball, softball, baseball but his passion was for bowling. He won many awards and trophies. When on his last tour in Italy, he traveled on the USAF in Europe bowling team. In Germany he started a youth bowling league. Coaching was another of his passions. He coached basketball and baseball, both base recreation teams and his children’s youth teams. Another passion for Robert was music. He loved singing and dancing and he had a voice of an angel. Robert also had a sense of humor that was so infectious that it showed through his singing, dancing, and everyday life.
Robert demonstrated good stewardship mentoring and teaching others. While on his walk in North Carolina and military tours, he taught Sunday school, served as an usher, trustee and choir member. In the community he volunteered with meals on wheels, visited the elderly, taught the youth, mentored the young and did fundraising for various organizations.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, Alfred L. Thrower, Sr., mother, Mattie Belle Thrower and sisters, Catherine Althea Thrower, Beatrice Wilder and Wilhelmina T. McAllister. His life is a testimony of beautiful memories that will always be treasured and remembered by all that loved and knew him.
Robert is survived by: his wife, Mary Thrower of thirty-seven years; his children, son, Paul Ross, daughter, Rosalon Williams, daughter Pamela and her husband, Scott Kelly, daughter, Desi and her husband, Bryan Steffen, son, Eric and his wife, Ashley Thrower, daughter Catherine and her husband, Gerald Cobb; grandchildren, Rashaad Richardson, Richey Richardson, Caeleb Steffen, Belle Cobb and Edmund Cobb, and soon to be baby Thrower; siblings, Alfred L. Thrower, Jr., Martha Kearney and Dexter Thrower (Brenda) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.