James Butler Sr.

March 2, 2013 • Obituaries


A graveside service will be held for James Butler Sr., 75, of Roswell, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at South Park Cemetery with [auth] the Rev. Robert Bowles officiating. He passed away after a long illness on Feb. 27, 2013, at Mission Arch Care Center. Military honors will be provided by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard.

James was born Nov. 17, 1937, to Elmer and Opal Butler, in Roswell.

His mother’s family lived in Dexter. After high school he was in the Army, then came home to Roswell, where he met and married Elizabeth L. Kellogg, a cousin of his boyhood friend. He and Elizabeth had three boys after a few years. He then attended college and earned a two-year degree. Then he got a job as an instructor at Tobosa School. Since then he worked hard every day for his family. Later, in their 40s, they had their little girl, with whom they were thrilled.

James was a fun-loving man, husband and father. He was artistic and for the most part he was easy going with a good sense of direction of what he wanted out of life for him and his family. He seemed to like everyone he met and tried to be helpful when and wherever possible. In the ’90s James and his older son went to South America and sailed down the Amazon River, which was always his dream. He will be sadly missed by his all family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Elizabeth Butler, of the family home; his children, James D. Butler, Robin E. Butler, John L. Butler and Bonnie R. Butler, all of Roswell; his grandson Keagan Butler; and two sisters, Mary Ann West and Ruby Stevick.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online registry book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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