John Michael Thrower

August 2, 1935August 14, 2014
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John Michael Thrower

Nashville, TN

Hear ye, hear ye! The Mayor of Green Hills Starbucks has enjoyed his last cup of coffee on this Earth. John. M. Thrower, age 79, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on the 14th of August 2014. He was born on the 2nd of August 1935 in Bon Aqua, TN to Michael and Maude Thrower. They and big sister Nancy have already put on a fresh pot of coffee in Heaven.

John attended Hillsboro High School, Middle Tennessee State, and Cumberland School of Law. He served in the Korean War and was a proud member of the Post 7 legion and was a Disabled American Veteran.

John was an avid golfer and hosted a Labor Day Golf Tournament at Fairfield Glade that spanned over 20 years. Since he retired, you could find him on the bench at Green Hills Mall Starbucks daily. There he met some of the most amazing people whom we will always consider friends and family.

John is survived by his loving wife Laura, daughter Lee (Bruce) Garner, son Michael, daughter Abby, daughter Sara (Adam) Maltby as well as his grandchildren Josh, Michael, Leela, Averi, Ean, Ellie, David, and Gabriel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project and Alive Hospice. Many thanks to to his nurses and doctors who provided comfort to him and the family during his short illness. And many hugs and thanks to our friends who helped us in this difficult time. Let's all raise our coffee mugs in a toast to John!

Visitation to be held today, the 15th of August from five o'clock to seven o'clock in the evening at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Saturday morning, the 16th of August 2014 at ten o'clock at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Franklin, TN.


  • Visitation Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Graveside Saturday, August 16, 2014

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August 26, 2014

Laura- even though we haven't been in touch, Oran and I have been thinking of you and the rest of your family every day since we heard of John's illness and passing. The photos and obituary are really special -- it looks like John had a remarkable life. Sara told me that he was a Korean war vet which is really amazing -- he must have been so young! We made a gift to the Wounded Warrier Project in his memory which is the least we could do, but we wanted to do something to honor his life. Please know we are thinking of you and wish you comfort and prayers at this time. Love, Shannon and Oran

Jean Willson

August 18, 2014


So very sorry for your loss.

August 16, 2014

Laura -

I was just informed this evening of John's passing. I am so sorry I did not know in time to come to the visitation. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

~Lisa Garramone
(John's favorite Starbucks district manager)

Cindi Gresham

August 15, 2014

Laura-You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
The staff of Boyle Insurance Agency, Inc.

sandra tucker

August 15, 2014

Laura and Sara
We just want you both to know we have been praying for you and anAnthony has been keeping up on facebook we love you and will continue our prayers for strength for you as you go through your next journey.

Johnny Thompson

August 15, 2014

Laura, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our prayers here at Commercial Insurance Associates. Johnny Thompson (Brentwood)

August 15, 2014

Laura - We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our caring thoughts are with you now and in the days to come.
Davis and Melissa Porch

August 15, 2014

Laura, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet Threadgill, Lexington, tn

Melody Rippons

August 15, 2014

Laura and family, I am sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dianne Cooley

August 15, 2014

Laura: I just wanted to send my condolence to you as we have just been informed of John's passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.