He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters.
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Hearts were saddened when Mrs. Patty R. Butts, 63, of 14204 Pole Run Road, Disputanta, answered the Master's call and went home to her heavenly rest on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Riverview on the Appomattox, Hopewell.
Mrs. Patty R. Butts was born June 22, 1950, to the late Mr. John and Mrs. Lucille Royal. She was a native of Prince George County. She confessed Christ at an early age. She was baptized and became a lifelong member of Lebanon Baptist Church, Disputanta. She was a member of The Tribe of Issachar and during her healthier years she was blessed to enjoy being a Sunday School teacher, usher, Usher Board secretary and church financial secretary.
Her career started in her teen years working as an office assistant after school and during the summer at J.E.J. Moore High School. She graduated from Prince George High School in June 1968. After completing high school, she was a substitute bus driver for Prince George County. In 1971, she began employment at Defense General Supply Center as a data entry operator. After being employed at Fort Lee briefly, she missed her friends and returned back to DGSC in 1974, acquiring the position as computer operator in the communications center.
Patty attended various classes and received many awards for outstanding performance. She was later promoted to supervisor of Computer Operations at DGSC, serving in that position until her health declined, forcing her to retire in 1999, but not before receiving her insignia pin for 25 years of dedicated service as a civil servant.
She was preceded in death by sister, Alice M. Harris; four brothers, David, Edward, Joe and James Harris; three uncles, William "Bill," Paul and Henry Jones; and one aunt, Amelia Faulkner.
She is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 45 years, James W. Butts; two loving and devoted daughters, Paulette Butts of Disputanta and Cheryl Butts-Golightly (Maurice G. Wells); two grandchildren she adorned and spoiled, Caitlyn Butts and Tayla Golightly of Hopewell; sisters, Dorothy Stith (Elder Walter), one deovoted, Lillie Jones of Surry; and devoted brother, Willie Harris Sr. (Bernice) of Hopewell; sisters-in-law, devoted, Barbara Shaw (Charles) of Spring Grove, Martha Wurah (Frank) of Maryland, Bettie Saunderes, Joyce Harris (Edward), brothers-in-law, Ray Butts (Barbara), all of Disputanta, Morris Harris (Nancy) of Waverly; one aunt, Deacon Ellen Jones of Disputanta; host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, to include one devoted niece, Deacon Janie Harris, devoted nephew, Fred Harris (Felecia), loving faithful honorary sisters, Charlotte Jones (Deacon Ronnie) of Prince George, Geraldine Ribbon, Valarie Harris, Winette Mitchell, Donna Jackson (James) and Dorsenia Thompson, all of Richmond.
Funeral services for Mrs. Patty R. Butts will be held noon Friday, June 20, 2014, at Lebanon Baptist Church, Disputanta; pastor, the Rev, Dr. James L. Barnes, eulogizing. Interment will follow at church cemetery. The family will receive friends at 14204 Pole Run Road, Disputanta, or calling 804-541-4856 and 804-452-3177.
Professional services have been entrusted to the staff of Turner-Bland Funeral Home, 1500 Arlington Road, Hopewell, 804-458-5357. For more information or to leave a condolence, visit blandenterprisesinc.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from June 17 to June 20, 2014