December 15, 1927 – December 2, 2015
John Ed Butler, 87, died Wednesday at his family home on the farm in the Poplar Ridge community near New Hope, AL. He was a successful farmer who was very active in church, civic, and farm organizations.
He was born in the same family home in which he passed away, the youngest of two children of Charles Taylor Butler and Hallie Owen Butler. After graduating from New Hope High School, he attended Auburn University graduating with a degree in Agricultural Science. After college he returned to the family farm to produce cotton, grain, and raise livestock in partnership with his father.
In 1950, John Ed married Cornelia Watson, a fellow graduate of Auburn who was teaching Home Economics at West Point High School in Cullman County. Over the years, he evolved the farm into a grain and livestock farm including a large (for the times) hog operation and a pioneer purebred Simmental cattle herd.
John Ed was a loyal and active member of the New Hope United Methodist Church. He was a member of the original board of directors of the New Hope Telephone Cooperative, an advisory director of State National Bank branch (later Community Bank) at New Hope, and a trustee of New Hope High School. John Ed spearheaded the organization of the Bethel Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund and governing board. He was a very active and dedicated member of the New Hope Lions Club.
John Ed served terms as president of the Madison County Farm Bureau and the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association. He also served in leadership roles with the Alabama Pork Producers and the Alabama Simmental Association. He served many years as a board member of the Madison County Co-op.
John Ed is survived by his son, Charles W. Butler (Donna) of New Hope, Alice Eaton (Brad) of Madison, grandsons Sam Butler of New Hope, Matt Butler (Brandi) of Owens Cross Roads and James Eaton, a student at Auburn University, step-granddaughter Christina Gimenez (Mike) of Northport, great granddaughters Sutton and Stella Butler of Owens Cross Roads, nephew John Butler (Barb) of Silver Springs, Maryland, nieces Anne Butler of Pflugerville, Texas and Beverly Butler of Mason City, Iowa. His parents, wife, and brother Rev. Charles Owen Butler preceded him in death.
Visitation will begin at 12 noon Saturday, December 5th at the New Hope United Methodist Church and funeral following at 2 P.M. also at the church with Rev. Michael Carpenter and Rev. Charles Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hope United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 420, New Hope, AL. 35760.