Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home

9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN


Patricia Ann Butler

April 16, 1932September 13, 2020

Mrs. Patsy (Pat) Williamson Butler age 88 of Brentwood died restfully in her sleep on Sunday morning September 13, 2020 at the family’s Hillview Drive Home at 7:45 a.m. Graveside services were conducted Thursday afternoon September 17th and burial followed in the Butler family lot in section two at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage with Rev. Don Morris officiating. Born Patricia Ann Williamson at the family home on April 16, 1932 in Celina in Clay County, TN, she was one of three children of Clay County native, the late William Herman (Will) Williamson who died at the age of 35 on March 26, 1935 and Cumberland County, Kentucky native, the late Mable Mackey Williamson who died at the age of 74 on January 29, 1985.

Mrs. Butler was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Herman Williamson who died July 12, 1976. In the 1940’s her family moved to Carthage from the Granville Community in Jackson County and purchased the McClellan home on North Main Street in Carthage. She was a 1950 graduate of Smith County High School where it was said of her in her annual; “I remain the Mistress of mine on self and mine on soul”. Following graduation from High School she enrolled in the Mid-State Baptist Hospital School of Nursing program at Peabody College where she graduated in 1953.

On March 27, 1954 at the Carthage United Methodist Church, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart and the love of her live, H. E. “Buddy” Butler II who was the son of Carthage Barber and Main Street Barbershop owner Huber Butler and Anna Dalton Butler. Buddy had graduate from Smith County High School in 1949 and from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (now Tennessee Technological University) in Cookeville in 1953.

Following the wedding they immediately departed for his military duty assignment at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Mrs. Butler was a Registered Nurse and kept her license active until the age of 85, although as a Paternity Nurse in Knoxville she assisted adoption agencies with the placement of children. Several years later and her last adoption placement was their son Bart, who was four months of age when Mr. and Mrs. Butler adopted him, and a few years later adopted Ed, who was five months old.

Patsy then unexpectedly gave birth to their son, Matthew Williamson Butler, who was a special needs son on May 3, 1967 and who with broken hearts, they returned to his heavenly father on October 13, 1994. Through Matthew’s life and following his death, she served as an officer in local, state and national organizations helping those with disabilities. Matthew had graduated from high school and had moved into his own apartment with support from his loving and caring family. Mrs. Butler was instrumental in forming the Middle Tennessee Supported Living program, an organization that supported persons with disabilities to live on their own terms.

Being fondly remembered as an active and engaging lady, she was an outgoing participant in any organization she was involved with. Mrs. Butler also enjoyed her bridge group, watching the Tennessee Vols play football, and entertaining her friends and family. The Butler’s were member of the Brentwood United Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband, Buddy, of over sixty six years are their two sons, W. B. “Bart” Butler of Murfreesboro, H. E. “Ed” Butler III of Nashville; brother, Bill Williamson of Murfreesboro; daughters- in- love, Lidia, Melissa, Debbie, and Kim; four grandsons, Drew, Spencer, Jozef, and Maxwell.


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Patricia Ann Butler

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holly lu conant rees

September 22, 2020

pat butler was a force of nature. i admired her, adored her, and was just the tiniest bit scared of her. she called me "mary lou" for the first stretch of our acquaintance, & i answered willingly to that name for the pleasure of her company. she had the roar of a lion when she encountered injustice, & the heart to fight until she had brought about change. she had a keen sense of humor & loved words that were arranged in their right & proper order, most particularly when it came to bylaws. the world is more dimly colored in her absence, but her legacy in advocacy, affection & sheer presence shines on.

Wanda Willis & Norm Tenenbaum

September 22, 2020

Dear Bud and family,
We are heartbroken to lose Pat, and at the same time filled with warm and happy memories of her. Both of you played major roles in our lives and careers in the disability field. You were mentors to us both, and Matthew an unforgettable influence and example of a good life. One of our favorite memories is of Pat holding our infant daughter shortly after she was born in the late 80’s - Caroline looked like she would have been happy to live her entire life in Pat’s arms.
Pat’s (and your) warm personality, easy laugh and positive outlook gave us and our entire community hope, enthusiasm for moving forward and simply provided the best role model any of us could have. We love you dearly.
Wanda & Norm

Elizabeth Gerlock

September 20, 2020

Dear Bud and family,
I am so happy that I knew Pat for many years and wish we could have had more years with her.
We were both on a Nashville ARC committee which met regularly to discuss services for people with disabilities. Pat and I often followed up the meeting with a visit to the Villager in Hillsboro Village for a beer and fun. We dreamed of starting a supported living program. That dream became a realty with the MidTn Supported Living agency. Matthew became one of the first persons in that agency with his own apartment and companion. Pat and Bud became members of the agency’s board of directors and continued through the years to work for services for people with disabilities through an annual golf tournament and participation in many events and causes. I became a member of the MidTn Board and enjoyed continuing contact with Pat and Bud. Pat was our vice-president. They were always generous contributors to our annual social events. Pat loved to cook and continued to make frozen fruit salad and many delicacies when she could no longer stand to cook. I always enjoyed my time catching up with Pat and news of their family and everybody’s activities. I will miss her greatly.
Elizabeth Gerlock

Carol Westlake

September 18, 2020

Dear Bud and Family:
Deepest sympathy to all of you. Pat was simply remarkable. She and I shared so many adventures and schemes over the years. Traveling to national disability meetings together (over 30 years ago!) was always a treat because we had lots of time to conspire on how to make the next good thing happen. And we laughed - a lot. I hold all those memories dear. I hope your gentle memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Peter Berns

September 17, 2020

Dear Bud and family,
On behalf of The Arc of the United States, we offer our most heartfelt condolences on your loss. Pat was a force for change in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the national, state and local level. We've lost a great leader and champion. We send our thoughts and prayers your way in this time of sorrow. May her memory be a blessing.
Peter Berns, CEO, The Arc

Carrie Hobbs Guiden

September 15, 2020

Dear Bud and Family,

Pat and Bud were two of the first people I met when I arrived at The Arc Tennessee. My first day on the job, they arrived at the office with a dozen roses and a box of Goo Goo Clusters. She immediately made me feel part of The Arc Tennessee family. Pat's influence is strong within The Arc Tennessee and within those of us that had the benefit of learning from her experience, wisdom and gentle (usually!) guidance. I will miss her dearly.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Elise McMillan

September 15, 2020

Dear Bud and family,

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. When I think about Pat, I think of so many times she and Bud reached out to help people with disabilities and their families. We were so lucky to meet her when Will was young, and learned so much from her.

Thinking of you,
Elise, Tom and Will McMillan


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