Doris Butler(1949 - 2014)

Doris Butler

Virginia Beach - On Monday, March 31, 2014, with her family by her side, The LORD relieved her of the pain and suffering brought on by the cancer that had consumed the last two years of her life. Throughout the length of the disease, she faced every challenge head-on, never giving up or giving in. She was always a strong, valiant fighter whose life served as an amazing example to all those who knew her. HER LIFE WAS HER FAMILY AND HER FAMILY WAS HER LIFE. The joy she felt from her family and friends was felt 100-fold by all those around her.

Doris was born on December 22, 1949, to Irvin and Lillian Williams in Winchester, Virginia. She grew up there and attended James Wood High School where, in her sophomore typing class, she met Roger. She would always say that this was when her fairy tale began. They graduated in 1968 and were married April 12, 1969. Roger was sent to Italy for his service in the United States Army and, without hesitation, Doris went off on a solo adventure to meet him there. Her journey to get to him was an exciting first step in their lives together and the pictures, memories and stories they shared have been enjoyed by their family ever since. She and Roger returned to Winchester at the end of his service with a new addition their daughter in 1971. They began their life together in the beautiful home they built along the road that ended at the apple orchard. In 1975 they welcomed their son, Rhett, and for them their perfect family was complete. Though the street name and address actually had many different names, from Route 5 to Route 8 and finally to Fair Lane, they lived in the home they had built together. Many happy memories and a lot of joy came from that residence and those stories, too, are still shared with and enjoyed by family and friends old and new.

Doris and Roger were both baptized during their membership at Stephens City United Methodist Church where they were later married. Later their family of four joined Welltown United Methodist Church where they remained members for over twenty years. True, close friendships were developed, including that of Reverend Tom Berlin and his wife Karen. After moving to Virginia Beach, Doris transferred her membership to Community United Methodist Church where she remained a member until her death.

Doris was able to stay at home with her children for much of their younger years, but also enjoyed being employed by The Insurance Center of Winchester and F&M Bank from holding a teller position at the branch in Stephens City as her first job, to working in the Feltner Building in Winchester. When F&M was purchased by BB&T, she joined Virginia National Bank, also in Winchester, until she moved to Blackstone, Virginia soon after the death of her husband. This was a stepping-stone that led her to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she continued to work for VNB until it, too, was dissolved. She then began working at Lillian Vernon's new company Celebrations, until it no longer existed. Soon after she began her employment with the City of Virginia Beach as the Assistant to the Director of Public Libraries, with whom she remained employed until her death. Though there were many moves and, with them, many trials, Doris never wavered and met every challenge and new adventure with a smile. With every move Doris gained more and more friends. She never met a stranger, and the friendships she made along her journey lasted her entire lifetime.

Her life was happiest when she was with her high school sweetheart and soul-mate, Roger, who we are sure welcomed her to Heaven with open arms so they could enjoy their Forever Together. She was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin Isaac and Lillian Amelia Williams, with whom she was looking forward to reuniting. She was also preceded in death by her sweet granddaughter Virginia Caroline Butler, with whom she was anticipating seeing and playing with in Heaven.

She is survived by: her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Ray Pearce, of Chesapeake, Va.; her brother Jeff Williams, of Stephens City, Va.; her daughter Valerie B. Comstock and her husband Bruce, their son Isaac Clifford and their daughter Sarah Emily, of Virginia Beach, Va; and her son Rhett Butler and his wife Gina, and their daughters Barrett Elizabeth and Addison Amelia, of Bristow, Va.

Services and burial are being handled by Jones Funeral Home in Winchester, Va.

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Jones Funeral Home, Inc.
228 S. Pleasant Valley Road Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-2523

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 3, 2014