James “BJ” Butler, 63 of Shinnston passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
James Butler was born December 28, 1956 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the union of the late Alvin and Mary Carney Butler. James was raised in Amite, Louisiana where he was educated in the Tangipahoa Parish school system. James and his family were members of the Little Bethel Baptist Church where he was baptized and sang in the choir. James parents took guardianships of two girls, Eliza and Elizabeth in which he refers to as his eldest sisters. James worked as a cement layer for the City of Amite for several years. James became a father of his eldest son, Christopher Franklin (his mother and late Josephine Franklin). He met Linda Stalling and they married and became proud parents of three children (Candice, Jamie and Travis). James parents called him Jr. but he requests that his closest friends and family call him “BJ”.
BJ is from a very prominent and well-respected family, and because of his family history and legacy Amite is aka “Butler Town” because of the land and property owed by the “Butlers”. The city park is named in honor of his father “The Alvin Butler Memorial Park”.
Several years later BJ moved to West Virginia where he met Robin Lohr and together, they have two children (Brandon and Whitney). BJ was a heavy equipment operator. His hobbies were fishing, collecting knives (in his younger days), playing pool, basketball and hanging out with family and friends.
BJ last request was to see all his children and grandchildren together in one place with him and yes it happened, God smiled upon him.
BJ parents and his eldest sister, Eliza, proceeded him in death.
BJ is survived by his wife, Linda Stalling Butler, his six children, Christopher, Franklin of Amite, LA., Candice Butler, Jamie Butler-Clements (DeAndre) and Travis Butler all of Detroit, MI., Brandon Butler (Raven), Whitney Butler of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Jamary, Braiden, Nova, Bailee, Caleigh, and Kenneth Jr., his sister, Elizabeth Robinson (Edward), two sisters in law, Bertha and Desiree (Andre), six brothers in law, Alvin, Nathaniel (Teresa), Jonathan, James (Ericka), Ronnie (Stacey), a host of Aunts and Uncles, Nieces and Nephews, a devoted and loving companion, Nancy Jackson and her daughter, Alyssha Hardwick, a host of friends from West Virginia and friends that he grew up with in Louisiana.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Davis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to davisfuneralhomewv.com
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