John Turner Butler Jr.

November 7, 1934November 6, 2018

YNCM (CMC) John “Jack” Turner Butler Jr. (USNR Retired) was born on November 7, 1934 and died on November 6, 2018. Jack was born in Charlotte, NC, grew up in Concord, NC and graduated from Harrisburg High School and Kings Business College. Jack lived in Charlotte prior to his move to Mt. Holly. He was the son of Libby Zeman Butler and John Turner Butler Sr. who preceded him in death as did his first wife, Charlotte Geiger Butler, his second wife, Myrtle Cox Foster Butler and his brother William “Billy” E. Butler, all of Charlotte. Jack is survived by his sister Kitty Smith and husband Larry of Ft. Mill, SC and brother-in-law Leo Geiger and wife Dale of Hendersonville, NC, along with nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his two Daughters and their families, Mary Foster Ford of Reidville, SC and fiancé Brian Stogner of Charlotte and Robin Foster Medlock and husband Joey of Dallas, NC along with granddaughters Caroline Medlock, Kathryn Ford and Kate Medlock.

Jack retired after 36 years active Army, Air Force Reserve and Naval Reserve retiring with the rank of Commander Master Chief. Jack also served 3 years on the Secretary of Navy National Policy Board at the Pentagon. In addition, Jack retired from Purina Mills after 37 years of service. Jack was a former member of Rocky Ridge Methodist Church –Jackson Park- Concord, NC and is presently a member of McAdenville Wesleyan Church, McAdenville, NC. Jack was a member of many veteran, military and service organizations including VFW Post 9488, 187 Airborne RCt, Masonic Lodge No. 739, and Oasis Shriners among others.

Visitation will be held at McAdenville Wesleyan Church, 300 Wesleyan Dr. McAdenville, NC on Sunday, November 11 from 6-8 pm. The funeral service, which will be officiated by Pastor Brian Matherlee and assisted by Pastor Pat Hannon, will be held Monday, November 12 at 1:00pm at McAdenville Wesleyan Church with burial to follow at Charlotte Memorial Gardens, Charlotte, NC at 3:00pm with Military Honors conducted by the Naval Reserve Center, Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to McAdenville Wesleyan Church Building Fund or Missions Fund.

Arrangements for the family are in the care of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.



  • Libby Zeman Butler, Mother
  • John Turner Butler Sr., Father
  • Charlotte Geiger Butler, First Wife
  • Myrtle Cox Foster Butler, Second Wife
  • William "Billy" E. Butler, Brother
  • Kitty Smith and husband, Larry, Sister
  • Leo Geiger and wife, Dale, Brother-in-law
  • Mary Foster Ford and fiance Brian Stogner, Daughter
  • Robin Foster Medlock and husband, Joey, Daughter
  • Caroline Medlock, Granddaughter
  • Kathryn Ford, Granddaughter
  • Kate Medlock, Granddaughter
  • Mr. Butler also leaves several nieces and nephews.

  • Joey Medlock
  • Brian Stogner
  • Leo Geiger
  • Perry Butler
  • Brandon Butler
  • Dale Smith

  • McAdenville Wesleyan Church Building Fund or Missions Fund


  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Committal Service with Full Military Honors Monday, November 12, 2018

John Turner Butler Jr.

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Janice Williams

November 12, 2018

Dear Butler Family. May the coming days be a little less painful as each day passes by. Jack was a wonderful man and he loved you all very much. As we all know that Jack was a giving man in everything he was involved in. He was my special friend for many years. He will be missed by so many. I have his photo and name and rank hanging at the VFW 9488 where he was a founding member.

Anda Cochran

November 12, 2018

Dear Butler Family,
My late husband and I were nearby neighbors on Plaza Rd. We were very fond of Jack. They were members of the same Masonic Lodge. Jack told interesting stories . Once, knowing I wanted a large rock for my yard, he negotiated with some men clearing nearby land for a development to get a large rock for me. What a lovely surprise to find it in place when I got home from work.
Jack was always so “right”. When he planned to have large trees in front of his house cut back I cautioned him that they would likely die. He insisted he was right that they would not. Well, they did and I got to rib him about that.
Blessings as you move forward, wishing you many fond memories.

Linda and Steve Moody

November 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Jack was such a good friend of ours. We had many good times at post 9488. Praying for the family. He will be missed.

BMC Richard Carle USN-Ret

November 11, 2018

Rest in peace, Master Chief. We have the watch. Sending prayers to family and friends.