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OBIT: Mrs. Clellie Mundy Butler, Age 103, Of Carthage

Mrs. Clellie Mundy Butler

A Carthage centenarian, Mrs. Clellie Butler, died at the age of 103 years, 9 months and 7 days at the Arbors of Willow Springs in Spring Hill, Tennessee at 11:52 a.m. Saturday morning May 26, 2018 following a period of declining health.

Her pastor, Monica Mowdy, officiated at the 3 p.m. Monday afternoon May 28th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside her husband in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Born Clellie Gray Mundy in the Kempville Community on August 19, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Benton Mundy Sr. who died May 30, 1972 at the age of 89 and Cora Lee Kent Mundy who died October 26, 1940 at the age of 55. Mrs. Butler’s step-mother, Ethel Clara Givens Mundy died at the age of 98 on January 20, 1988.

A son, Curtis Lee Butler also preceded her in death at the age of 70 on June 22, 2003

A sister, Ina Mundy Sircy preceded Mrs. Clellie in death at the age of 95 on February 28, 2018 and a special needs brother, Oliver Benton (Bent) Mundy Jr. died at the age of 71 on April 3, 1997. She was also preceded in death by two other brothers, William Mundy and Ernest Mundy.

Also preceding her in death were three infant siblings, Floy M. Mundy who died October 9, 2011 at the age of 4, Edgar L. Mundy who died in July of 1912 at the age of 10 months and Thomas J. Mundy who died August 30, 1918 at the age of 8 months and 4 days.

She was united in marriage on February 6, 1931 to Kempville Community native the late Ernest Hautry Butler who preceded her in death on March 26, 1997 at the age of 85.

Mrs. Butler was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church and before failing health was a devoted member and was active in the United Methodist Women and a member of the Ladies Adult Bible Class.

Mrs. Clellie was also a member of the Carthage Family and Community Education (F.C.E.) club.

For forty two years she was a well-known Main Street Carthage store clerk and for twenty five years was employed by the late Frank Hire at his Hire and Jent Department Store and after Billy and Ella Lee Piper purchased the business she worked for them for seventeen years, a career that spanned from 1948 until her retirement at the age of 76 in 1990 with forty two years of devoted employment to the two businesses.

Surviving Mrs. Butler is her daughter, Ernestine Butler Berkau and Husband Gene Berkau of Brentwood; nine grandchildren, Cathy Leach and husband Dan, Christy Keyser and husband Glen, Curtis Lee Butler Jr. Cindy Smith and husband Norman, Michael Butler and wife Darlene, C. Alan Butler, Susan Milovich, Stephen Berkau, Julieanne Hutchinson and husband David; sixteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The Butler family requests memorials to the Carthage United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.