A country boy born and raised on a farm in the Kempville Community left home, traveled to Detroit and learned the real-estate business and returned to Nashville and applied what he had learned and began what would be one of the most successful real-estate, land acquisition and home building companies in Rutherford County, Jerry Butler Builders.
Mr. Jerry Butler, age 77, of LaVergne, died peacefully and went to be with his Lord and Savior at 3:04 p.m. Thursday afternoon September 10, 2020 surrounded by his family at the Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center in Nashville where he was being treated for a brain and spinal illness.
Memorial services were conducted at 6 p.m. Monday evening September 14th from the Woodfin Chapel in Smyrna. He will be memorialized near his parents in section five at the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens in the Defeated Creek Community.
Mr. Butler was the middle of three children and was born Jerry Dale Butler in the Kempville Community on February 11, 1943 the son of the late Elton Burnest “Red” Butler who died at the age of 79 on October 3, 1996 and Mildred Martha Cornwell Butler who died at the age of 89 on March 18, 2011.
He was a 1961 graduate of Smith County High School where he majored in mathematics, was a member of the Latin Club, Futures Farmers of America and a freshman class officer, played basketball and was a member of the “C” Club his last three years.
With a keen wit it was said of him in his annual; “The sun has a right to “set” where it wants to, and so, I may add, so has a hen.”
After graduation from high school he was drafted into the armed forces and after receiving a medical discharge he was encouraged by his uncle Henry Ed Butler, who was with the Chrysler Corporation, to come to Detroit. There because of friendships formed with people in the real-estate business while employed at Chrysler he learned the art of the craft of land development.
He returned home to Nashville where his career began and it is said, that was the beginning of the rest of the story of his success.
Mr. Butler considered a man’s work not a punishment but a reward, his strength and his pleasure.
The patriarch of the Rutherford County Butler family, he led his family with love, wisdom and kindness.
During his younger years he built figuratively, metaphorically, and by example the foundation for the Butler family to be a success and quickly paved the way for the accomplishments of future homebuilding generations in Rutherford County.
He took great pride in his work, but his true motivation was driven by his family and those near and dear to his heart.
He encouraged others to laugh often and his jovial demeanor was contagious. His presence in a room was an inspiration to all who knew and was associated with him and his works.
He was an active member of the Miracle Baptist Church in LaVergne.
Mr. Butler was a caring, generous, thoughtful, selfless and passionate individual who wanted to see others succeed as had he.
With a true kindred spirit, he had the uncanny ability to find the best in others and to overlook any short comings that they might possess.
He was a man of great wisdom, a leader and role model for others around him.
Left behind are so many to carry on his hard work ethic and dedication. He instilled strong values in his family and all those he encountered through his many business endeavors.
His infectious smile, his humor and his ability to teach life lessons through small everyday moments is what he will be best remembered by.
Surviving are his two sons, Scott Butler and wife Sharri, Dennis Butler and wife Lisa all of
LaVergne, three grandchildren, Justin Butler and wife Jennifer, Summer and husband John, Chelsea and husband T.J.; six great-grandchildren, Jayce, Jude, River, Blakley, Jaxon and Griff; sister, Sadie Jane Butler of the Kempville Community, brother, Ronnie Butler and wife Sandra Hackett Butler of Murfreesboro, nieces and nephews.
This obit provided as a courtesy to the Butler Family.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE