OBITUARY

Peggy Lou Shelton Butler

May 3, 1949July 7, 2014
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Peggy L. Butler of Jacksonville, North Carolina, passed on July 7, 2014. She was a greatly loved wife, mother, mema, daughter and sister.

Peg was born on May 3, 1949 in Dumas, Texas to the late Robert Cody Shelton and Alice Rebecca (Harper) Shelton. On August 3, 1974, she succumbed to the wooing of a young Staff Sergeant of Marines, James A. Butler on Recruiting Duty in Oklahoma who convinced her that the life of a Marine was somewhat similar to a civilian career, 8am to 5pm, except that you got to see a lot of the world. She later learned that as a Recruiter, “if your lips were moving-you were lying.” She lived an adventurous life traveling the globe while they (Jim usually wasn’t around) were in the service and raising their children. Family was the most important thing in the world to Peg and she was happiest when she was with them. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye and helped to keep her young at heart!

Peg grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, but would always be quick to let you know she was a Texan at heart-just like her dad. She graduated from Ponca City High School, went to Northern Oklahoma Community College in Tonkawa and graduated from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She worked at various companies throughout the world while living the nomadic like life of a Marine wife. Moving back to Jacksonville, North Carolina in early 1991, she joined MCCS aboard Camp Lejeune in the Review & Analysis Department and retired after 20 years as the Deputy Director. In retirement, she took no little satisfaction in letting Jim know who the real “Sergeant Major” of the home was and all the “honey do’s” of the past 30 years were now due! She was an active supporter of the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society aboard Camp Lejeune and the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation where she served as a volunteer after retirement.

Predeceased by her parents and younger brother Calvin “Bo” Shelton of Garden Grove, Ca; Peggy is survived by her loving husband, friend and companion of 40 years-Jim, sons George Edward Butler and family of Saint Augustine, Florida, James Robert Butler and family of Leland, North Carolina and step daughter Brandy Ann Nichols of Va. Beach, Virginia. She is also survived by her brother Robert “Bob” Shelton and wife Anita, sister Betty LaRue and husband Brad from Ponca City, OK; Mother-in-law Mary Ann Butler, brothers-in-law Wayne, Richard, Merril and Charles of Va. Beach, Virginia; sisters-in-law Carol Dawn Butler Delsing of Providence Forge, Virginia; Geraldine “Jeri” Butler Tuttle, Hope Darlene “Cricket” Butler Pulju, and Barbara Butler of Va. Beach, Va.; Evelyn “Encia” Lumbre Shelton of Garden Grove, Ca., and a host of family members too many to mention who all loved her dearly and will miss her and her keen sense of wit.

Her true love were her special grandchildren, Katie Lynn, Alice Victoria, Kendra Cherice and Jared Nikao who provided her so much happiness over the last several years…!

A visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home, 2685 Henderson Drive Extension in Jacksonville, NC on Friday, July 11th at 6pm until 8pm with the Memorial service on Saturday July 12th at 11am at the same location. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society at Camp Lejeune in her name.

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home of Jacksonville

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Linda McCraw

August 27, 2014

I just took a look down memory lane of your life! My, how beautiful and what a wonderful oriented life you lived. WE all are faced with storms to cross and one of the biggest for you was becoming cancer free. You were blessed with an awesome husband Jim, two sons George and Jim and two precious granddaughters. I remember laughing a lot when we were growing up and since we were grown. I remember us meeting at pa Harpers with our first born. your George and my Shannon. We took their picture sitting together in grandpa's Harpers chair as it was a big deal to each of us! Shannon was only a month or so in age. WE grew up eating spaghetti and we both wanted our own big bowl, especially at your home. You could always eat more spaghetti than I. We could laugh, talk and giggle for hours or until one of our dad's said, bedtime night girls and we hushed!
Peg, cousin you had a beautiful life and in that you were a caring, wife, mother and grandmother. I know just how excited a grandmother you were by sporting those sandles around when out walking with them. You were so proud of your new feet, toes and I was so jealous!
It is hard to say, just how sad our hearts are in your passing! Your love and life's happiness shows thru the eyes of the waters of the sea and the love of your life "Jim." God, calls us home when it is our time and we often wonder, but are not to question! With those words in closing, "I Love You Peggy, your sweet Jim, boys and families as well as your parents and family!
You were a precious soul who brought laughter, smiles and love."
Rest in Peace and God be with You!
Cousin~Linda McCraw, Ardmore.OK

Sallie Haymore

August 18, 2014


"I was driving home from the visitation and said, Peg I hope you are at peace and near a celestial beach enjoying a drink. A second later I saw this beautiful rainbow. Prayers to the Butler family as they mourn and celebrate the life of an amazing lady.." - Sallie Haymore

Jeri Butler Tuttle

August 17, 2014

Peggy, a wonderfully kind soul with just the right amount of mischief! She was a warrior..strongest woman in our family. So, so talented, always taking on a challenge, from cooking to crafts to education. I'm sure she's teaching lessons above....Love and miss you..

August 17, 2014

I miss you Pegs. I wake up and still feel like I should be able to pick up the phone and call you. As I am Having these feelings, Jim I can not imagine what you going through. Your brother-in-law Bob

Jim Butler

July 23, 2014

Jim Butler

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Jim Butler

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Jim Butler

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Jim Butler

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Jim Butler

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