21 Feb Dr. John K. Butler
A native of Cocke County, TN, he was born the eighth child to the late David Crockett and Julia Ann (nee Williams) Butler. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Aileen.
John was a loving husband and father, a Marine, an educator, and a gentlemen farmer. He was born in the Bogard community of Cocke County, TN on May 7, 1921.
After enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1939, he would serve as Adj. Officer of the Third Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Battles of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima during World War II. He also served in Korea. During a 20-year career, he rose to the rank of Major, retired in 1959, and moved his family to his beloved East Tennessee.
While living in the Farragut community of Knox County, TN, he acquired his B.S., M.S., and EdD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While achieving his degrees, he was a teacher and guidance counselor at Bearden High School and Karns High School and later was Asst. Supt. of Anderson County Schools, alongside Supt. John Rice Irwin.
Upon becoming Asst. Supt. of Bristol, TN Schools in 1969, he resided in Bristol, TN until accepting a professorship in the College of Education at Radford University in 1972.
In addition to his wife, Patricia, those left to cherish his memories include: children, Julia Butler Criss (Bill) of Johnson City, John K. Butler, Jr. of Greene County and family friend, Mary Jo Robbins of Kingsport, and Jeffrey B. Butler (Lillian) of Colorado, and stepson Bill Byrd (Trina of Jonesborough); grandchildren, Sean Criss (Jenn) of Unicoi, Trinette Duhart (Le Yan) of Colorado, Jennifer Pool (Wyllys) of Colorado, Kayla Byrd of Johnson City, and Kristen Holden (Blake) of Gray; great-grandchildren, Shaylina Bejerano-Rizo, Sergio Serrano, Sariah Serrano, Chloe Duhart all of Colorado, Ella Criss of Unicoi, TN, Lillian Pool, Molly Pool, and Tyler Pool all of Colorado, and Addison Wilson of Gray, TN; and several beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Butler family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604, (423) 610-7171.