Thaddeus “Thad” Richard Busby
Jul 15, 1941 – Dec 5, 2015
Thaddeus Richard Busby, Sr
July 15, 1941 – December 5, 2015
RALEIGH, NC—Thaddeus Richard Busby, Sr., 74, died Saturday, December 5, 2015. Born on July 15, 1941, in Anderson, SC, to Sara Louise Dobbins Busby and Thaddeus Richard Busby, both now deceased. A resident of Raleigh, he is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Charlotte Roche Busby.
He is also survived by his son Thaddeus Richard Busby, Jr. and grandchildren Olivia Childs Busby and Colin Patrick Busby of Raleigh and his daughter Virginia Roche Busby, PhD and her husband John T. Eddins, PhD and grandchildren Sarah MacAuley Busby Eddins, Ana Ilaria Busby Eddins, and Virginia Geneviève Busby Eddins of Reston, Virginia; sister Sara Beverly Busby Rabon of Lexington, SC and her children, nieces Laura B. Langston and Sara De Anna L. Cox; his wife’s siblings Thomas G. Roche, Sr. and wife Jackie; Richard L. Roche; and Craig and Hattie Roche Rickert and nieces and nephews Anna Roche Rogers, T. Geddings Roche, Jr.; Richard L. Roche, Jr. and Edward Norton Roche; and Caroline Rickert Cardenas, Sarah Rickert Laning, and Charlotte Rickert.
Mr. Busby received a BS in ceramic engineering from Clemson University in 1963, was a member of the American Ceramic Society, and was a significant contributor to glass manufacturing worldwide having designed, built, trouble-shot and managed glass furnaces and glass production for companies including PPG in Shelby, NC; Toledo Engineering in Toledo, Ohio; and Certainteed in Wichita Falls, Texas. His comprehensive knowledge and skills in understanding the needs of glass manufacturing and the importance of working with all people involved in the manufacturing process enabled his success as a consultant and in glass services’ sales across North America, Europe, and Asia.
A consummate college sports supporter, he loved his Clemson Tigers and adopted his children’s college teams Davidson and Texas A&M. His love of baseball as a young player, as a devoted Yankees fan, as the coach of his son’s little league baseball team, and as his grandson’s fan was unexcelled.
As a true Renaissance man, Mr. Busby loved and quoted poetry (especially Coleridge and the Psalms); was a serious student of history, and pursued genealogy as a way to honor his heritage and family. He loved the world that the Lord gave him with a grateful heart reflected in his dedication to searching and following the scriptures, as a deacon of Shelby Presbyterian Church, in his love of animals and nature, in his love of music especially R&B, in the way he valued all people and did his best to lift them up, and in his love of his family.
He spent Thanksgiving sharing his love with his wife, children, grandchildren and niece and remembering his mother emphasizing the priorities of family and serving the Lord.
Services will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh preceded by visitation at 2:00 PM.
A reception at his son’s home at 3212 Merriman Avenue, Raleigh, NC will follow at 5:30 PM.
In keeping with his dedication to his childrens’ education, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thad Busby Memorial Grandchildrens’ Scholarship Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.