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Lucy Butler

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BUTLER, Lucy LUCY CARDEN BUTLER (April 4, 1921-October 15, 2008) Mrs. Lucy Carden Butler, age 87, of Atlanta, GA & formerly of Cedartown, GA, passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 following an extended illness. Mrs. Butler was born on April 4, 1921 in Polk County to the late S.M. Carden, Sr. & Annie F. Whitehead Carden. She was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Butler was a retired School Administrator for Area III for the City of Atlanta School System. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Butler as well as two brothers, David Carden and S.M. Carden, Jr. Lucy Butler spent her adult life lifting others up in unexpected ways. Shortly after her marriage, she joined the war effort in the 24 hour production of goods for the World War II troops. Continually engendering frustration in her offspring, she carted away anything from home that was not actively being used, to another family who "needed it more", whether it was new Christmas toys, Easter candy or a prized winter coat. When she missed teaching her class while she was ill, several devoted pupils gathered at her home and shed tears as she lay in her bed with a cold. In recent years, students from her days as a teacher at Grady High still called on her. Her generosity was apparent as she arranged to have the family of her housekeeper, who commuted from Greensboro, GA, moved to Atlanta and provided an interest-free lifetime mortgage for her house and cars. Remembering that her parents had done the same for tenant farmers, she carried on the generous tradition with her children, grandchildren & friends. One of many real friendships was exemplified by the dare-devil story of her trip through the window of the home where her friend's husband resided with his parents. She recovered Christmas toys for the children of the friend and later, went with the friend to have a conversation with a young lady with whom the husband had been seen. A member of an informal feminist group that included a judge, other women in law and teaching, she was active in women's issues. Double dating with friends, Lucy Carden married Charles Butler on a dare and began a marriage of fifty-three years. She was a force that formed their lives and the lives of their children as they moved from Rockmart, where Charles served as a city councilman, to Atlanta, then to Macon and to Augusta, Georgia. With each move, she taught and collected degrees in education, leading eventually to a position of Supervisor in Area III of the Atlanta Public School System and later to Special Education Administration. Her fervor for education influenced her children, Florence Butler Dawson, Charles David Butler, both of Atlanta and Sara Ann Butler Wester of Dalton to pursue graduate degrees when it was less common. Lucy spent many years with her family as members of the Peachtree Road Methodist Church where her oldest daughter was married in 1963 and her husband was buried in 1992. She grew up in Collard Valley near Cedartown, where Joseph Lumpkin, founder of the UGA law school and brother of Wilson Lumpkin, is buried. She is a descendant of two governors, Wilson Lumpkin and Stephen Heard. Mrs. Lucy Carden Butler is survived by her children, Charles David Butler, Florence Butler Dawson and Sara Ann Butler Wester. Ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a number of other relatives and friends also survive. A memorial service for Lucy Carden Butler will be conducted on Saturday morning, October 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. from the Peachtree Road Methodist Church in Atlanta, with her granddaughter, Rev. Jennifer S. Butler officiating. Graveside and interment services will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. in the Family Lot of the Greenwood Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. The Family will receive Friends on Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral hour at the Litesey Funeral Home. In Lieu of Flowers, the Family has respectfully requested that memorial contributions be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. We invite you to visit our memorial web site at www.liteseyfh.com to extend your personal condolences to the Family and to sign the on line guest book. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Lucy Carden Butler.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 17, 2008
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