Helen Clara Butler
April 16, 1932 – January 10, 2021
Helen Clara Butler was born to Pearl Wyche Zellner and William Zellner on April 16, 1932 in Macon, Georgia. During the Great Depression in the Jim Crow South, Helen and her family were sharecroppers in Lamar County Georgia.
Because of the lack of education opportunities for African American students in Lamar County, Helen attended boarding school at the Hubbard Training School in Forsyth, Georgia. There she met her future husband Joe H. Butler. When Helen was fourteen, her family moved to Atlanta where she attended and graduated from historic Booker T. Washington High School.
After high school, Helen worked and attended Spelman College until she reconnected with her childhood sweetheart Joe. They were married September 25th, 1954 and moved to Riverside, California. As a military wife, she and Joe raised four children in California, Germany and New York. Along the way, Helen worked several sales and technical jobs before retiring from Contel Telephone Company in Victorville, California. Helen had a keen interest in travel and had the opportunity to visit several countries in Europe including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England, Belgium and Switzerland. She also enjoyed a dream trip to Asia where she visited Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong and China where the highlight was walking on the Great Wall.
Helen accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal savior at a young age, loved the Lord and would often say “I pray for everybody”. She was an active member of Emmanuel Temple C.M.E. Church for almost thirty years where she was a member of the Loves Messengers Choir and the Willing Workers auxilliary.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Joe H. Butler and son Joe H. Butler, Jr.
She is survived by her son Gerald Butler and daughter-in-law Juanita Butler of Las Vegas, NV and son Duane Butler and daughter-in-law Yvette Butler of Los Angeles, CA; daughter Sandra Butler of Las Vegas, NV; granddaughters Jasmine Butler of Las Vegas, NV and Aliyah Butler of Ann Arbor, MI; grandsons Jabari Butler and Khari Butler of Los Angeles, CA; great granddaughter Alexia Butler Las Vegas, NV; sister Effie Walker of Tampa, FL and a host of nieces and nephews.
Helen was one-of-kind and gentle soul who loved to laugh and make others laugh. One of her trademark sayings was “I don’t meet any strangers”. She would talk to anyone and try to bless them with her spirit. Her life was a lesson on how treat people with respect and dignity. She will be missed dearly by family and friends throughout the world.
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Helen Clara Butler
January 19, 2021
I remember Ms. Helen fondly. Dave and I were so blessed to get the chance to meet her when she visited us with Sandra and carried around our newborn son, Peter. They had a sweet moment together walking around the lake. We’ll remember that forever. She was a beautiful, classy lady, who had a great sense of humor and adored her family.
We’re thinking of Sandra and the Butler family as you celebrate a life well lived. Praying for you all too. God bless Mrs. Butler.
Lee & Adrienne Schell
January 18, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Mrs. Butler. When I think about her I feel the spirit of God in her, her energy, her positive attitude, and her will to do what she thought was best for her and her family. By the grace of God I met her and immediately she felt like my second mom. God inspires us in different ways and she taught me humility. This Friday is important because it is a homecoming for Mrs. Butler. Heaven has a new angel and I know she will be smiling at all of us from her new home. We just want to tell her that we are blessed to have known her, we will miss her, and we know she is in the Lord’s house now. We are grateful for the short period of time we were blessed with her 🙏 in our lives. May God bless her and keep her safe. May Jesus walk with her in heaven. We love you dearly Mrs. Butler!!!. Our condolences to the family. We are keeping you all in prayer. Love you to life! - Lee & Adrienne Schell
January 18, 2021
Our Condolences & Prayers to The Family & Friends. Sister Butler was a warm sweet & caring Individual. She asked often sincerely if there was anything She could do to help the STEWARDESS BOARD @FAME.
May she rest peacefully in Paradise ❤
Jonnibelle & John Yates