Betty Ruth (Lannom) Butler, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, passed peacefully on June 29, 2023. She was born at home to the late Eldridge and Medie Lannom on July 30, 1934, in the Gladeville / Vesta community.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charlie Butler who passed on May 25, 2023; son, Stanley Butler; granddaughter, Haden Butler; brothers, Grafton and Wayne Lannom; and sisters, Helen Hughey and Martha Henslee. These losses were keenly felt, yet Betty’s strength and faith carried her through. Betty chose life, love, and family every day.
She was a lifelong resident of Wilson County where she had a fulfilling life as a homemaker and was a faithful member of Vine Church of Christ. She was the fourth child of eight children and was raised on a large farm in south Wilson County. She always spoke highly of her growing up years with a big family and how happy they were. She even talked about her childhood two days prior to her passing. They lived through the Great Depression but hardly knew it because they were self sustaining. Betty enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, sewing, cross stitching, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed reading and studying her Bible every night. Charlie and Betty were happily married for 72 plus years. They loved to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Gulf Coast. She was the pillar of her family, the beacon of light guiding them through life. Betty’s loving nature was the essence of her being, and she showered her family with an abundance of love that was felt by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Barbi) Butler and Michelle (Tim) Lawrence; her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Butler; her grandchildren, Marshall Butler, Brett (Amanda) Butler, Zachary (Autumn) Butler, Ethan Butler of Oklahoma, and Addie (Johnnie) Burlingame; her great-grandchildren, J.C. Butler, Gunner Butler, Henley Butler, Emery Butler, and Saylor Burlingame; and her siblings, Jewell (Orien) Dickerson, Patsy (Claude) Maynard, and Phillip (Roxie) Lannom; nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2023 at Christian Life Chapel, 105 Holloway Dr. from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 4 p.m. Bro. Randy Ward will officiate and congregational singing will be led by Tommy Smith. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Marshall Butler, Brett Butler, Zachary Butler, Ethan Butler, J.C. Butler, and Gunner Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip Lannom, Roy Denney, David Denney, Orien Dickerson and Claude Maynard.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Thomas West, Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, Vanderbilt Wilson County , Vanderbilt Nashville, Murfreesboro Alive Hospice, Dr. Richard Martin and his nurse, Jenny.
PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL in care of arrangements. 615-444-7007 www.partlowchapel.com