Farewell: Earl Butler
On March 30, 1948, Earl K. Butler was born to the late Oralee Gales Butler and Eli Jack Butler in Jackson, La. went to be with the Lord peacefully on Thursday, September 10, 2020 with his wife of 29 years by his side. He was the fourth child and the first boy of ten children. Earl was baptized at an early age at New Charleston Baptist Church in Jackson. He later united with Capital Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge where he was a faithful member of Sunday School, The Men Ministry, Senior Ministry, and weekly Bible class. He was a meek and mild-mannered man who loved his church family. Earl attended Northwestern High School where he excelled in basketball and tennis and lead the teams to win several state championships. He was also a member of the baseball team and the school band. He earned an athletic scholarship to Loyola University and later graduated from Southern University in business marketing. He served in many organizations including the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge. He organized the golf tournaments and helped The 100 raise funds for its mission with youth. People would donate just by hearing his meek approach. His motto was, “all they can say is yes or no”; ninety-five percent were yes responses. Earl leaves to cherish his memory his wife Gloria Varner Butler; one daughter, Nyokee Kim (Michael) Crawford; two sons, Rashaan Butler and Derrell (Sandra) Allen; five sisters, Juanita (Eddie) Hills, Almena and Laura Butler, Evelyn (Reginald) Johnson; and Deborah Pursley; six grandchildren, Makayla, Mara, Jenee, Mi chael, Jr., Seth, and Miles; two Godchildren, Elisa and Naya Butler and a very special caregiver Chanda Nicholson.