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OBIT: Mr. Mike Butler, age 59, Of The Defeated Creek Community


Mr. Mike Butler

Mr. Mike Butler of the Defeated Creek Community was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tennova Health Care in Lebanon on shortly after noon on Saturday March 25, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. after suffering a fatal heart attack while visiting a truck mechanic friend in Lebanon. He was 59.

Bro. Jackie Dillehay officiated at the 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon March 28th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Garden of the Cross at Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

One of six siblings, he was born Michael Anthony Butler in Carthage on October 25, 1958 and was the son of Jessie Willard Martin Butler of the Defeated Creek Community and the late James Henry Butler who died May 25, 2002 at the age of 72.

Two brothers preceded him in death, James Douglas “Jimmy” Butler who died at the age of 56 on October 6, 2005 and Tony Wilson Butler who also died at the age of 59 on April 22, 2014.

Mr. Butler was united in marriage to Defeated Creek Community native the former Shelia Elaine Sutton on May 21, 1977 at her parent’s home by the late Eld. Gordon Wheeler.

His father-in-law, Harry Neal Sutton, died April 29, 2012 at the age of 78.

Mr. Butler was a non-denominational Christian and was a 1977 graduate of Smith County High School.

He and his son did house construction and remodeling and Mr. Butler was an accomplished electrician and plumber having worked for the former Moss Service and Supply Co. in Carthage for over thirteen years.

Surviving in addition to his wife of almost forty one years and his mother is a daughter, Kim Butler; son Andrew Butler both of the Defeated Creek Community; sister, Brenda Givens and husband Charles of the Buffalo Community; two brothers, David Butler of the Defeated Creek Community, Roger Butler and wife Melanie of the Graveltown Community; three grandchildren, Mackenzie Evelane Wright, Jackson Wayne Wright, Hadley Cate Butler; mother-in-law, Bobbie Jean Shores Sutton of the Defeated Creek Community.