Thomas B. Buffington

  • Born: January 3, 1945
  • Died: January 8, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas B. Buffington, Founder and Chairman of Buffington Homebuilding Group, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

After serving as President of NPC Austin - Central Texas in the early 80's, Tom started his own homebuilding company, Buffington Homes, in 1987. In 1996, Tom joined three national homebuilders forming The Fortress Group, a publicly traded holding company that acquired and consolidated local and regional homebuilding companies. Tom served as the Chief Operating Officer and on the Board of Directors until his retirement in 1999. Tom mastered many things in his lifetime, but retirement was not one of them. In 2001, Tom co-founded Buffington Capital Holdings for the purpose of acquiring and developing property for master-planned communities in central Texas. In 2007, he re-entered homebuilding in Austin by restarting Buffington Homes and in 2010 he started Buffington Homes of Arkansas along with partners, Mike Lamberth and Clay Carlton. He served on the board of two banks and on the board of KLRU and was also a member of Austin Country Club.

Tom was born in Newport, Arkansas to Nora and Dewey Buffington on January 3rd, 1945. He was a graduate of Sewanee Military Academy and studied real estate and insurance at The University of Arkansas. He loved and devoted himself to his family and many friends. He stood out among them as a man of great integrity and a leader. He was a mentor to many teaching valuable lessons during his lifetime. Tom was married to his childhood sweetheart, Delia "Dee" Dowell Buffington. They met playing a game of kick the can in the 4th grade. They reconnected and married in 1990. Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their combined family of 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Tom loved being surrounded by his grandchildren and they adored their Gdaddy. He loved hunting in South Texas and fishing on the Texas coast. As an avid Razorback sports fan, Tom attended many University of Arkansas football games with his brothers.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Dee, son Blake Buffington and spouse Lea of Austin, daughter Kimberly Buffington Quaid of Los Angeles, son Dow Wright and spouse Jennifer of Austin, and daughter Robin Banister of Austin. He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Zoe and Garrett Buffington, Thomas and Zoe Quaid, Madeline Banister, and Katy Clare and Hayes Wright as well as his brothers James Gray Buffington, DDS and his wife Martha Ann, Michael Lane Buffington, MD and his wife Dottie Lou and Dewey Lee Buffington Jr. along with faithful family friend, Kelly Cooper, many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents Dewey Lee Buffington and Nora Armstrong Buffington and his son-in-law Bret Banister.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Tom's life on Saturday, January 12th from 4pm-6pm at Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive, 78746.

The family would like to thank the Austin Heart Hospital, Dr. Kunjan Bahtt, Laura Calais, CNS, and Dr. Brynna Connor.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Heart Association on behalf of the Heart Hospital of Austin, Hospice Austin or the organization of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal


I just found out news of Tom's passing through a mutual friend. I owe many of my business acumen and leadership skills from Tom. There's so many lessons that he had taught me that I can't recount them all. One thing that will always remind me of Tom is as tough as he is in business...he's a teddy bear when it comes to his friends and family. I know that he loves you so very much because his demeanor always softens whenever he sees you. May you find peace and happiness whenever you think of Tom.

Van Nguyen

Posted by A friend   November 26, 2019

We just found out last night. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Tom Starting in the 70's at NPC. What a standup guy, a leader, a great soul. Once during the early 90's I was working on a wish for a Make a Wish child, a Hobbit Play House and asked Tom for some help. His immediate reply was "What do you need" Once I asked Tom how he became successful and without hesitation said, " I surround myself with good people" An honor to know, work with and call you my friend. Rest in Peace Tom and sincere prayers for the family. Lynn and Judi Taylor

Posted by Lynn Taylor - Austin, TX - Friend   April 12, 2019

I was a member of Tom's sales team at NPC in Austin during the late 70's. Tom came up with F-Troop as a name for us. We sold a lot of real estate. There was plenty of competition and camaraderie. Good times!

Posted by Jack Maguire - San Antonio - Coworker   March 31, 2019

How sad to hear of Tom's passing, he was the ultimate entrepreneur, a man who put 150% into everything he did. He was a mentor to many as he inspired others to succeed not just in business, but in life. We all know what a good business man Tom was, but the most impressive thing about him to me is the love he had for his family. Sincere condolences to Dee and the family.

Posted by Dennis Sheedy - Spring, TX - Friend   January 20, 2019

Dear Dee and Family,
So sorry about your loss of Tommy. He was much loved by his schoolmates at New Port Public Schools. He was a lot of fun and we will always remember him.
Jim and Nita Kaye Vanhook Lindsey

Posted by Jim & Nita Kaye Lindsey - Fayetteville, AR   January 14, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you the strength to endure. During this sad time in your life. BH

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2019

Tom was a great man, and I am proud to have had the pleasure of knowing him. I looked up to him as an example and mentor, and believe he was a true man of integrity in a business where that is hard to find. His knowledge, character, and wisdom in life and in business will be greatly missed. My prayers to Dee and the family.

Posted by Tanner Bassett - Fayetteville, AR - Friend   January 13, 2019

Dear Dee,
Am sending heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

All Saints' love,
Gail Rosborough Furrh

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2019

Tom will leave a huge void in the lives of many. My heart aches for you all. Sending healing prayers and hugs!

Posted by Ann Rosso Rosso - Fayetteville, AR - Friend   January 12, 2019

So sad to hear of Tom's passing. I had the good fortune of working with Tom from the early 1970s through the early 1990s as a coworker and later as a business partner in the early 1990s. He was a mentor to me in many ways. The memory I have of Tom is that he was always focused and very goal oriented. But most of all he was a good friend.

Posted by Ed Keller - AUSTIN, TX - Friend   January 12, 2019

Thank you for the kind deeds of housing Austin. Hebrews 6:9,10

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2019

Sending my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Candice Sinclair - Mission Viejo, CA - Coworker   January 11, 2019

It was a pleasure knowing you Tom. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Posted by Jacqueline Curry - Fayetteville, AR - Coworker   January 11, 2019

I worked with the Buffington Company for many years. I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Buffington on a few occasions. The memory I have was that even though I was a very small part of this organization, he made me feel like I was very important to the business. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Mimi Klemm - Pflugerville, TX - Coworker   January 11, 2019

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Posted by American Heart Association    January 11, 2019

Tom, You will always be remembered as a great leader by all the people you worked with.
It was such a privilege to work with you and learn from you. I hope you have relief and comfort in the heaven.
God bless you and your family.

Posted by Juheon Song - Fayetteville, AR - Coworker   January 11, 2019

Dee, we are so sorry for your loss. Tom was very well respected and will be missed greatly.

Posted by Jason Cook - Huntsville, AR - Coworker   January 11, 2019

This is certainly unwelcome news. I had occasion to do business with Tom in real estate in the 1980s and found him to be an upright and pleasant man. My sincere condolences to his family.

Gary Todd

Posted by Gary Todd - Austn, TX - Friend   January 11, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss our loving God promises to give you the strength to cope with the pain of your loss. He also promises to hold your hand every step of the way. Please take comfort that he does care at Isaiah 63:9 and Jeremiah 29:11,12.

Posted by A friend   January 11, 2019

Dee, I am heart broken to learn of the passing of Tom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the peace of the Lord be with you at this difficult time.
Love, Vickie Roan

Posted by Vickie Roan - Austin, TX - Friend   January 10, 2019

Dee and family, I am sooo sorry to hear this tragic news of Tommy's loss. God bless you all!! Tommy is with his dear mother also my friend!! Love you!!

Posted by Camille Murray - Little Rock (formerly of New, AR - Friend   January 10, 2019

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