Warren Butler, affectionately known as Jack, was born on May 12, 1927, in Dublin, GA, to the late Deacon Theo and Callie Council
Butler. Growing up on Butler Farm alongside his 9 brothers and sister - Claude, Theo, Ula B., Marvin, Cleveland, Dan, Jessie, Hansel, and Crawford - Jack was instilled with a deep sense of respect and resilience. The Butlers, renowned for their 365 acres of land and self-sustainability, earned the admiration of their community by thriving without relying on sharecropping. Jack's formative years were shaped within the embrace of a Christian home, where he and his family faithfully attended New Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
Educated in the Laurens County public school system, Jack attended St. John High School before embarking on his journey into the workforce. His unwavering work ethic led him to various occupations, including working on the farm, at a sawmill, and even at a drive-in. In 1947, he crossed paths with the lovely Mildred Irene Harrell, and their union flourished, bringing forth a legacy of love and prosperity. Together, they welcomed their children Dennis, Geraldine, Warren, Roger Lee, and Sylvester, as well as 13 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great-grandchildren.
The life of an African American man in the South presents its own unique set of challenges. Seeking new opportunities, Jack ventured to Philadelphia, where he found employment in construction at Pio's Construction. Remarkably, he rose to become the foreman of his own crew, defying societal expectations and proving himself as a true Butler. Jack's dedication and tireless efforts earned the trust of his employer, Pio. In 1960, he met the extraordinary Laura B. Moses, and together they formed a remarkable bond. From their union, Mallory (Tommy, deceased) and Philip (Wendy) were lovingly welcomed into the world, alongside cherished bonus children Nancy, Angel, Edward, and Mickey. Their family expanded to include beloved grandchildren Markies, Markina, Michael (Toya), Philip, Shamar, Marlena, Maurice, and Kaitlyn, Ava, as well as adored great-grandchildren Rah'mere, Trevor, Joshua, Nyla, Lance, Laura, and Lorenz.
Jack lived a life adorned with love, defining himself as a devoted family man. His words held the weight of his character, and he walked the path guided by his unwavering faith in God. Having completed 96 remarkable journeys around the sun, Jack peacefully transitioned into the heavens on Sunday, June 25th, in the comfort of his own home, with his heart, Laura, by his side. He leaves behind a treasured memory cherished by a vast network of family and friends who were touched by his presence.