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Thomas C. Butler of Jolly

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Thomas Calvin Butler, 99, of Jolly, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Wichita Falls.

Thomas Calvin Butler

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Christ United Presbyterian Church with Chaplain Bob Brown, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Mr. Butler was born on March 8, 1913, in Clay County to Dolphus Blanton and Anna Marguerite (Tammen) Butler. On Aug. 17, 1940, he married Modena Lee Tarter in Walters, Okla. He was a charter member of Christ United Presbyterian Church where he helped build the foundation of the church, and served as an Elder and Deacon. He was a farmer, a cowboy, worked in construction and as a groundskeeper at the State Hospital where he retired after many years. In 2008, he received the Clay County Pioneer Association’s Oldest Native Son award during Pioneer Reunion.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Modena Lee (Tarter) Butler; a daughter, Mylinda Sue Muse; eight brothers and sisters; and a granddaughter, Marci Brosch.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia Harrell and husband Carroll; a brother, Claude Butler and wife Mary; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

The family will at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

Memorials may be made to Christ United Presbyterian Church, 1801 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76306; or to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, TX 76310.

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