OBITUARY

Curtis H Butterfield

December 17, 1939July 5, 2018
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Curtis Howard Butterfield, a long-time resident of Parkers Chapel, died July 4, 2018 at the age of 78. He was born on December 17, 1939 in Smackover, Arkansas.

He was a graduate of Smackover High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University. Curtis was a member of Three Creeks Baptist Church. He served as the Union County Coroner from January 2003 to present, and served as Deputy Coroner prior to being elected. Curtis served his county for many years as a previous member of the Parkers Chapel School Board, Union County Highway Supervisor, Union County Quorum Court member and El Dorado News Times Sports Writer and Editor. His priorities were God, family and being a Public Servant.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Merry Alice Millican Butterfield; and grandson, Joshua, who went to be with the Lord at birth.

Curtis is survived by his loving family including his son Jimmie of El Dorado; son Matthew, wife Andrea and grandson Ethan, of Prosper, Texas. Since Ethan’s birth in January of 2015, he was the light of his life and the reason he woke up each morning.

He is also survived by his sister, Janice Brewer and her husband Jerry of Junction City, and his many cousins, nieces and nephews all of which he loved dearly.

The service will be held at Three Creeks Baptist Church on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM. It will be officiated by Pastor Bubba Gurley and Pastor Tracy Roden. The burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens immediately following the service.

Visitation will be held at Young’s Funeral Home on Saturday, July 7th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The pallbearers will be Bruce Wayne Woolsey, Craig Calvery, Jeff Powers, Craig Jones, Mike Loftin, and Ricky Roberts. Honorary pall bearers will be Jerrell Millican, Wayne Rainwater, Jerry Bohnen, Jerry Brewer and all Union County First Responders.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that you please make a donation to Life Touch Hospice. This will allow more people in need to be able to experience the love and caring that the facility provides. In our families’ opinion, this is one of the finest facilities in the nation.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 8, 2018
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deborah sindle

July 16, 2018

Curtis was a wonderful human being. We met many times during my nursing career. He showed great compassion when he pronounced my husband's death back in December 2016. He knew exactly how I was feeling. We usually met under dire circumstances. I talked with him once about becoming a coroner, and his advice to me was to stay in the nursing field. The community at large has lost a warm and loving human being. Condolences to his family. He is celebrating his new life with his loved ones, as he used to say to me, "Death is not the end, death is a new beginning". RIP, my dear friend....

Melanie Diffie Odom

July 11, 2018

Mr Curtis was the sweetest man that I have known. My sister, Marsha Diffie, & I worked with Curtis at the El Dorado News-Times until he left. When we would see him out, he always remembered us as the Diffie sisters. He was a wonderful person & I know he is having a celebration in Heaven. May God comfort your family in this sad time. He will be missed by so many people.

Tammy McMurrian

July 9, 2018

Mr. Butterfield such a wonderful man that I met as an Office Manager for Sims Mortuary! He, Pete Sims , Sammy Sims and Darryl Coleman could go on and on about the deceased! I would listen and learn! Always so nice! He would go out of his way to help families! He was truly a blessing and will be dearly missed! As he would call and say Tammy this is Curtis, I'm on my way! That will remain in my mind always! Today he is on his way to a greater place! Take your rest Coroner! Our sincere condolence! God Bless!

O L & Ann Pearson

July 9, 2018

Praying for peace for Curtis family at this time. I had Curtis as a student when he was in Jr. High school at Smackover, and also was his coach in Jr. High when he came out for football. I was always real proud to have Curtis as my friend.

Mike Dumas

July 8, 2018

While I served in the County Judge's office, Curtis was my right arm. When I announced I would seek the office of County Judge, Curtis came to me and said I would really like to work for you in some position. I am ready to leave the newspaper and serve the public. Serve the public he did. He received the greatest pleasurer when he was able to help someone with a problem. For 10 years he served as the County's Road Supervisor and a super job he did. I will never forget the major role he played in our time in the Courthouse. When the bridge fell in with Curtis and a peace of equipment on the All-Gulf road north of Norphlet, the crew thought he had drowned, but Curtis broke his own leg to free himself from being pinned beneath the equipment. We wanted to change the name of that creek to Butterfield Creek! The people of Union County will never realize the dedication that Curtis had for public service. We just don't make them like that anymore. We are all blessed because Curtis Butterfield served this County.

Mack Ballard

July 7, 2018

I had the great honor of knowing Curtis from the days he worked at the News Times as a reporter. Many years later I moved to the Parkers Chapel community from Urbana and Curtis welcomed me and my family to "his town". Curtis was a good friend and a dedicated servant to the area of Union County, El Dorado and especially Parkers Chapel. Curtis was a founding member of the Parkers Chapel Volunteer Fire Department and some time after I had become a member of the PCVFD Curtis and I were both on the stage at the PC High School graduation. Curtis as a school board member and I presenting a scholarship to a graduating senior when our fire department pagers went off. I had finished the scholarship presentation so Curtis and I both left the stage and the gym as quietly and quickly as possible to respond to a structure fire. Curtis drove one of the fire trucks and I was suited in turn out gear to fight fire. Both of us were still wearing the suits we had on at the graduation.
The one thing I can say about Curtis- When his community, neighbors, church or whatever/whoever needed help, Curtis was in response mode to help do whatever was necessary. He is going to be missed by many and is a great loss to the local area and county as a whole. My prayers to the family for comfort at this time. My regrets that I am out of the state this weekend and will miss the farewell to a great man.

Dennis Byrd

July 6, 2018

I was fortunate enough to work with Curtis Butterfield twice and in three different situations. In high school, I was night police reporter, general assignment reporter and occasional sportswriter. That meant on Sunday nights, Curtis was my boss. The rest of the week, if I remember correctly, he was a dispatcher at the Union County Sheriff’s Office, but he ran the news desk (or, as we called it, he put out the Monday paper) on Sunday nights. He taught me a lot about being a newspaperman, including finding the right people and asking the right questions. Even back then, it seemed he knew everybody. When I was named managing editor of the News-Times in 1976, I was pleased to find out Curtis was on the reporting staff. If he wasn’t covering the story, he was helping young and inexperienced reporters do a better job. When I left the newsroom three years later to learn the advertising side of the business, I recommended Curtis as editor. I remember telling him as I moved to the other side of the building, that the most difficult task he would have as editor would be to replace himself. He made my job as editor easier by being a great reporter; he would need to find a great reporter if he were to be successful, I told him. It was a difficult transition because all of his sources continued to give him the stories. I left a year later to return to an editor’s role in a bigger city and Curtis and I sort of lost touch.
I was fortunate last month to run into him at the Spudnut Shop as I was headed out of town following an overnight stay. We didn't get to really visit, but I’m so happy we got to reconnect briefly,
Prayers for his family.
RIP, my friend!

Bill Sutley

July 6, 2018

One of the most practical lessons I learned from Curtis Butterfield was how to load film into a camera clutched between your legs while driving 60-plus mph on a 30-mph road to get to breaking news. Or at least it was back in 1977, when I arrived at the El Dorado News-Times as weekend news editor -- a far less hallowed role than the title indicates. We all did everything back then.

I remember Curtis Butterfield being one of the most hard-working, magnanimous individuals I ever shared a newsroom with, in 30-plus years of newsrooms. He was always willing to take the time to show a young reporter a shortcut or tell you a story; my goodness, the sun shines a little less brightly with the loss of Curtis' storytelling. More than anything else, Curtis was a man of integrity who earned his sterling reputation for "doing people right" one person at a time.

There's not much call for my skills at loading a camera with Tri-X at 70 mph these days, but the lessons Curtis taught me about building relationships are still relevant. Today, the overpaid MBAs running newspapers call this kind of effort "networking." I think that would get a laugh from Curtis. R.I.P, friend.

Bill Sutley
Arkadelphia, Ark.

Charlie Bever

July 6, 2018

I am deeply saddened to hear about Curtis, but know he is truly in a better place today. We worked together in the mid 70s, when I was editor of the El Dorado Daily News and El Dorado Times. He was a heck of a reporter and could have moved on to bigger and better newspaper markets, but chose to remain a "hometown boy". I have many fond memories of the two of us reporting on tornadoes in South Arkansas numerous times. The biggest news story we ever covered together was in 1975, when Curtis and I climbed into my little bitty red Volkswagen Karmann Ghia before dawn, to get to Fort Chaffee when the first Vietnamese refugees landed. We worked all day (took time to drive across into Oklahoma to pickup a case of Coors beer) and headed back to El Dorado in time to get our stories and photos in the next day's edition. Curtis was a "newsman's newsman" and a friend and colleague that I will always remember. RIP old friend.

Charlie Bever, Glen Allen, Virginia

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Curtis Howard Butterfield, a long-time resident of Parkers Chapel, died July 4, 2018 at the age of 78. He was born on December 17, 1939 in Smackover, Arkansas.

He was a graduate of Smackover High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University. Curtis was a member of Three Creeks Baptist Church. He served as the Union County Coroner from January 2003 to present, and served as Deputy Coroner prior to being elected. Curtis served his county for many years as a previous member of the Parkers Chapel School Board, Union County Highway Supervisor, Union County Quorum Court member and El Dorado News Times Sports Writer and Editor. His priorities were God, family and being a Public Servant.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Merry Alice Millican Butterfield; and grandson, Joshua, who went to be with the Lord at birth.

Curtis is survived by his loving family including his son Jimmie of El Dorado; son Matthew, wife Andrea and grandson Ethan, of Prosper, Texas. Since Ethan’s birth in January of 2015, he was the light of his life and the reason he woke up each morning.

He is also survived by his sister, Janice Brewer and her husband Jerry of Junction City, and his many cousins, nieces and nephews all of which he loved dearly.

The service will be held at Three Creeks Baptist Church on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM. It will be officiated by Pastor Bubba Gurley and Pastor Tracy Roden. The burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens immediately following the service.

Visitation will be held at Young’s Funeral Home on Saturday, July 7th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The pallbearers will be Bruce Wayne Woolsey, Craig Calvery, Jeff Powers, Craig Jones, Mike Loftin, and Ricky Roberts. Honorary pall bearers will be Jerrell Millican, Wayne Rainwater, Jerry Bohnen, Jerry Brewer and all Union County First Responders.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that you please make a donation to Life Touch Hospice. This will allow more people in need to be able to experience the love and caring that the facility provides. In our families’ opinion, this is one of the finest facilities in the nation.

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