James Rucious Butler
James Rucious Butler
  • August 4, 1926 - November 28, 2017
  • Nashville, Tennessee

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James R. Butler passed from this life to the next November 28, 2017. He was 91 years young.
He has joined the Love of his life, Elizabeth Ann (Strong) Butler, who preceded him 3 years ago, after 64 years of marriage.
He was also preceded by his parents, Thomas William and Alice Virginia (Giles) Butler, his sister Juanita Walden (Wesley) and Brother Billy Butler. James is survived by his sisters Doris Walden (Nashville) and Yvonne Ellis (Ashland City).

James is also survived by his three children; Judy (Jim) Cline (Greenbrier), Dennis (Springfield), and Danny (Lynn) (Nashville).

Judy and Jim have two sons, Wes (Molly) Cline (children: Lincoln, Audrey, Katie, and Gus) (Watertown) and Andy (Sara Beth) Cline (children: Anne Clare, Ella, and Judah) (Nashville).
Dennis gave his dad three grandchildren, Brittany Elliot (children: Dalton, Brandon and Hank), Amanda Chojnacki (children: David and Ellie) and Kaitlynn Thornhill (daughter Scarlett).
Danny and Lynn have a daughter and a son, Bridgett and Zach, both currently residing in New York.

In addition, James is survived by his sisters-in-law, Jewel Butler and Shirley Strong (on Elizabeth's side), Uncle James also loved dearly each and every one of his nieces and nephews and their children

James was born in Nashville on August 4, 1926 at 1309 Division Street before the family moved to 921 Shelby Avenue. He attended Warner School and East High School. After WWII he enrolled in Peabody College for Teachers but was recalled to Active Duty in the Navy before he could graduate.
He joined the Navy in 1943 and served in the Asiatic Pacific during WWII on the following ships: USS Richard M. Rowell, USS Ingraham and the USS Tucson, receiving various medals including American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.
Discharged in the fall of 1947 James returned home and joined Lockeland Baptist church where he remained a faithful member until his passing, 70 years.
It was there he saw the beautiful Elizabeth Strong on the back row one Sunday and fell in love. Married in 1950, James was soon recalled to active duty and served on the U.S. Naval Station, Kodiak, Alaska during the Korean Conflict.
After serving our Country for two more years active, he returned and remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring from all military duty in 1986.
James followed in his father's footsteps as a letter carrier for the USPS, delivering mail from the Arcade Station to many downtown offices. It was there he garnered the nickname from his postal customers, "Fine Day Jim" because no matter the day or the weather, he greeted everyone he met with "It's a Fine Day". He retired from the Post Office after 34 years of service.
James devoted his life to serving others, often sacrificing his own pleasure or freedom to help those in need.
Besides his family, he was most proud of his Church, Lockeland Baptist Church, aka "The Church at Lockeland Springs." He was deacon, record keeper (again following in his father's footsteps), facilities committee, coach, scout master, cook, dishwasher and any other job that needed to be done when no one else would do it. He was also the sound engineer for nearly 30 years, a job he kept well past the days he had become hard of hearing.
James always had a joke, a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Please join us as we celebrate his life and give away his favorite gift - one size fits all and returnable - a hug.
Friday, December 22, 2017 from 10am - noon
Memorial Service at noon with Interment to follow
Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1150 Dickerson Rd, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent in James Butler's memory to Nashville Rescue Mission or The Church at Lockeland Springs.