BURLINGTON - Charles David Butcher passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home, doing what he loved doing most - working in the yard. His first love was always his family. His kindness and generosity was known by all, family, friends, neighbors and his employees at Rapid Transit.
If a "good man" is the highest honor to bestow on someone, then he has it hands down. David was known as "Pop" by his beloved granddaughters, Reagan McGuinn and Foster Butcher. He took the name "Pop" in memory and in honor of his deceased father-in-law.
He was born in Tazewell County, Va., on Oct. 15, 1944, to the late Charlie and Freda Brearshears Butcher. He is survived by two wonderful children, Suzanne Butcher McGuinn and her husband, Steve McGuinn, and David Ryan Butcher and his wife, Stacey Councilman Butcher.
He is also survived by three sisters, Deloris Harden, of Burlington, Linda Shepanski and husband Eddie, of Galax, Va., and Tina Baity and husband Jerry, of Mebane. Special to him also was Bob and Peggy Stalling, sister-in-law and brother-in-law of Burlington. He was blessed with loving aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and special nieces and nephews. He loved them all.
David loved nature, his newspaper, "Andy Griffith" reruns, animals and his country. The kids nicknamed him "Capt'n America." He fed every stray cat that came to his house starting what we called "kitty restaurant." He liked all kinds of music, threatening to put our company's flag at half-staff in honor of George Jones' passing. His sense of humor was unsurpassed, his laughter was contagious, and his smile could brighten the darkest days. He was a hard worker his whole life and in 1981, he realized his dream of starting his own trucking company. He never gave up. He touched so many lives with his kindness, loyalty and generosity.
David loved living his life, he loved so many people, but best of all, I know how much he loved me, his wife of almost 49 years - Jean Buck Butcher, and I am so proud to have spent my life loving and living with him. Not only was he a loving husband, but also he was without a doubt, the best friend I have ever had.
Visitation will be Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Gibsonville United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Angela Marlowe.
Memorials may be made to the
, Loaves & Fishes of Burlington or a
. A simple act of kindness to seniors or children would honor his memory. Thank you.
To a devoted husband, a loving father, a doting "Pop" and a special friend, we will miss you more than any words can say. We love you!
Online condolences may be made at www.richandthompson.com