Mrs. Butler was a homemaker and member of Stinchcomb United Methodist Church. She loved reading, playing piano, gospel music, visiting the beach, her church and spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 2nd at 3:00 p. m. in Stinchcomb United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mr. John Sexton and the Rev. Mr. Wayne Butler officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Mike Moak, Phillip Partain, Travis Moak, Marcus Eason, Tommy Collins and Ray Howell will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends in the church on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p. m. just prior to the service.
Survivors include son and daughter in law, Wayne and June Butler, of Bishop; granddaughters, Jodi Eason and her husband, Marcus and Crystal Ingle; one great granddaughter and one great grandson; and one sister, Kathleen Partain, of Dewey Rose.
[Editor's Comment; It was my joy to meet Mary Butler some years ago. You see, her son, Wayne Butler and his family were members of our church in Athens when I was the senior pastor of Tarkenton Memorial Church (now renamed Christian Life Worship Center). I asked Wayne to join my pastoral staff and he served with honor and distinction as my associate pastor until he was called to be the pastor of Friendship Pentecostal Holiness Church. He is not only a gifted preacher, but a wonderful singer. In fact, Wayne sang a solo, "Thank You for Giving to the Lord," at Stephanie's Memorial Service on Tuesday, August 7. 2012.
Wayne and June Butler used to sing duets when I was the pastor of Tarkenton Memorial Church. Their daughter, Jodi, is married to Marcus Eason, and they have a two-year old daughter, Maddie Morgan Eason, named after our Stephanie. During those years of my pastorate in Athens Stephanie and Jodi were very close friends, Stephanie was like an older sister. Because of their close relationship and Jodi's high regard for Stephanie as a Christian and an educator of children, she asked Stephanie if God gave her a baby girl could she name her Morgan after Stephanie. So, Maddie Morgan Eason is like an adopted granddaughter to Melvine and me. We see her often when Jodi brings Maddie Morgan to our home for a visit, or we travel to Bishop to Jodi and Marcus Eason's home.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wayne and June Butler and their family during their time of grief. Losing one's mother is one of the toughest assignments we can ever experience. Wayne and June honored his mother and took excellent care of her until her death.]