Clara Butler

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LAURINBURG — Clara Montgomery Butler, 79, of Laurinburg entered her eternal rest on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Clara was a daughter of the late Irvin Plowden Montgomery and Margaret Griggs Montgomery born July 26, 1937 in Darlington County, South Carolina. She had a distinguished career as an educator retiring after 39 years of service with two states and teaching more than 6,200 students.

Her many accomplishments include serving as a president and officer for the local and district Delta Kappa Gamma and also Alpha Delta Kappa in Atlanta. She was a lifetime member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the National Association of Educators. She also served as a lifetime member of the Laurinburg Junior Service League since moving to Laurinburg in 1971. She served as an active faithful member of the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church where she was given the Lifetime Membership Award.

Clara dedicated her life to serving others and her community. She was a volunteer with the Concerned Citizens for the Rehabilitation of the Homeless, Inc., also known as Helping Hand. She loved being a puppeteer with the Brainminders Program and serving with the Alzheimer's group while as a member of the Laurinburg Pilot Club.

She formerly served as a staff member of Monroe Camp and Retreat Center, volunteered with the Cub Scouts and loved reading to students. In recognition of her service, she and her husband, Julian were awarded the Dunbar McCoy Community Service Award by the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce. Clara's greatest joy was sharing time with her family and friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie M. Sexton formerly of Greenville, S.C.

Clara leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Julian Butler, Jr., of their home; children, son, Julian "Jule" Butler, III and daughter, Mary Margaret Miller (Randy) all of Laurinburg; brother, Irvin P. Montgomery, Jr., (Denise) and sister, Mary E. Hayes both of Fort Pierce, Fla.; her grandchildren, Christopher Woessner (Savannah), Amara Kate Butler, Andrew Willis Todd and great grandchildren, Meshach Butler, Colton Osteen, Mason J. Woessner. She is also survived by host of loving family and many special friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Clara's life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. A time of visitation and birthday celebration will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial donations are requested to be given in her memory to Monroe Camp and Retreat Center, 24501 Camp Road, Laurel Hill, NC 28351.

Richard Boles Funeral Service is serving the Butler Family.

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Richard Boles Funeral Service
13640 Andrew Jackson Hwy.
Laurinburg, NC 28352
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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from July 24 to July 25, 2017