Antonio Alberto "Bud" Romero, Jr

antonio  romero, jr
Antonio Alberto “Bud” Romero, Jr, 63, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2023. Bud was born on April 12, 1959 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After graduating from Las Cruces High School, where he was a State Champion All District football player, he went on to continue his football and educational career at New Mexico State University, where he was a four year letterman. Bud then embarked on a successful career in sales. Bud later obtained his Master’s Degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University. In 1998, Bud met his soulmate, Mary Jo, and it was love at first sight. A wonderful and devoted father to his children, Jessica, Matt, Nick, and Trey, along with his adoring grandson, Caden, Bud would tell you himself his life was completely fulfilled. Although his family was the most important thing to him, his reach extended far beyond those blessed enough to share a home with him. Throughout the many years of coaching youth sports, teaching junior achievement, or simply helping strangers at every chance he had, Bud’s love and guidance made an immeasurable impact on everyone that came into his life. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, his four children, Jessica, Matthew, Nickolas, and Trey, and the light of his life, his grandson, Caden. A celebration of life service will be held at Western Hills Church, 7565 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Visitation will be from 10-12, with the service following from 12-1. Services conducted by Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104, Nashville, TN 37209. (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be locally owned and operated.

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  1. One of my favorite childhood memories is of him taking me to the CAT yard here in Knoxville. I was able to ride around in some of the big equipment and it has always stayed with me. Uncle Bud was one of the most genuinely amazing men I ever had the honor of knowing.

  2. Tony, Lila and Bud were our neighbors on Calle de Suenos. We all grew up as Bellamah neighborhood kids during the 60’s where u could play outside all day, ride your bikes safely and lived a pretty carefree life. Glad to hear he had a great life and was loved by many. Patricia Grimes Zediak

  3. Q: What was Antonio really good at? A: Bud was really good at protecting, comforting, providing for, helping and loving his family. He was the best grandfather and father figure Caden could ask for. Caden adored his papaw and loved being his sidekick to boat shows, going camping or just helping in the back yard. He never hesitated to help people and had a way of making you know everything was going to be ok. Without him here to tell us that, our family is lost.

  4. Bud helped recruit me when I went to New Mexico State. He was a very good defensive tackle and and great friend . Rest easy Bud. Someday we will be back in the huddle again.

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