Lowell Thomas Butt

November 11, 1931October 2, 2021

Lowell T. Butt, 89, of Richmond, formerly of Waverly, VA, passed away on Saturday, October 2. Born on November 11, 1931 in Raton, New Mexico, Lowell was the son of the late William Francis and Hazel Woodruff Butt.

Lowell was a U.S. Navy Veteran that served on the USS Braine from 1950-1954 and received National Defense Service and Navy Good Conduct Medals. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics in 1958. Later in 1973, he earned his Master of Science in Applied Mechanics from the University of Virginia.

A retired Design Professional, Lowell worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Norfolk Naval Shipyard and an Engineering Consultant for Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Lowell was an avid archer, outdoorsman, and long-time member of the South Hampton Bowman’s Club. He was an inventor, talented wood worker, and loved hunting, fishing, playing golf, and watching movies. He really enjoyed traveling, especially out West and back to his beloved-New Mexico where cousins and extended family still live today.

Lowell was predeceased by brother James Keith (Goldie), sister Betty L. Butt Westbrook (Irving), sister Diane Marie/Sister Francis Bernard I.H.M., and brother William Carroll.

He is survived by Betty’s daughter Kathy B. Parsons, (David), Alice Butt (William), their kids Debbie Ayres (Tony- kids Steve and Brian), W.C. (kids William, Adam, and Michelle), Mike, (daughter Kendall), Cindy Dearing (Lee- kids Randy and Ashlee), and Mark (son Kevin), brother Robert F. (Eunice), Robert’s kids of first wife Margie, Diane McConathy- (daughter Lindsay) and Bobby (Rachel), and brother Donald B. (Peggy), their kids Marty (kids Zack and Blake), Kristi Butt, and Kevin (Wendy- kids Anna and Kelly). Lowell was predeceased by grandnephew Michael (Diane McConathy’s son). Lowell was predeceased by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by her children Patricia, Bobby, Lisa, and Keith and numerous grandchildren to include kids of Donna Edwards- James K. Edwards, (Jennifer- son Noah Thomas), Tabatha Cheney (Daniel- kids Owen and Johnnnie), Christopher Edwards (Arley- kids Abbiegayle, Lily, and Chloe). He is also survived by his first wife, Alice and their ten children TJ Larz, Theresa A. Baga, Cary T. Butt (son Chris), Clare L. O’Shaughnessy (Brian- kids Yvonne and Lindsay), Mary E. Albert (John- kids John W. and Jason), Ruth A. Jones (David- kids Brad, Ben, and Michael Wilson (Sara- son Ryan Thomas), C. Benjamin Butt (Kelly O’Gara- kids Brooke and Kayla), A. Conrad Fahrer (Jenna), Joseph B. Love (Gracia), and Adrian B. Butt (Pamela Garcia). Lowell was predeceased by grandson Ryan Taylor Wilson (Ruth’s son from previous marriage).

Please join the family in remembering Lowell’s life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Mary’s Hospice Program, 5801 Bremo Rd, Richmond, VA 23226 or to Waverly Congregational Christian Church, 123 Coppahaunk Avenue, PO Box 636, Waverly, VA 23890.


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Jeryl Hill

October 14, 2021

Theresa (and family), so very sorry for the passing of your Father. What an incredible man. His obit was posted on Norfolk Naval Shipyard's "NNSY Employees & Retirees" Facebook page.


Mary Albert

October 13, 2021

I guess you could say Dad was a family man. He came from a large family, had an even larger one of his own, then re-married into another large family. He used to tell me that was what made life worth living. He was surrounded by family up to the very moment he left this world. He touched a lot of lives and will indeed be missed.

William(Billy) Arrington

October 13, 2021

I remember hunting with Lowell at Tower Hill with the Southampton Bowmen. Lowell was a top notch Archer,and that was in the days of recurve bows and cedar arrows.

Tabatha Cheney

October 8, 2021

Lowell added so much joy to my life. He was my favorite person and the man I looked up to and loved the most. He taught me so much. I'm grateful for the relationship we had and for all the ways he contributed to my life that helped shaped the person I am today.

Sarah Beale

October 6, 2021

Lowell was the coolest Papa. From his taste in movies, to comedians, he showed me so much. I remember taking him to one of the planet of the ape movies when it came out and he was so excited to go in a theater again. And nothing could beat the smile on his face when we went to see Jeff Dunham. He’ll be so missed. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Alisa Smith

October 6, 2021

Lowell and Mama had a lot of good times. I’m sure they are together now with her fussing and him pulling at his suspenders and laughing. I will keep his children and family in my prayers.

Donna Edwards

October 5, 2021

Lowell loved my three children Kelly, Christopher and Tabatha and they loved him back. He was a kind soul with a huge heart. He will be missed. Prayers to the family.