"Dignity without Compromise"

Virgil R. Butts

Virgil R. Butts, 85, died peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Weatherford Regional Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas, following a brief illness.

Virgil was born at home on September 18, 1921 in the town of Asher, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie County, the third child of the late Rosalie (Herron) Butts Haworth and John Butts. He attended Morris High School in Morris, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1941 and then again from 1942 to 1945 where he served as a Combat Infantryman and Platoon Sergeant during World War II and achieved the rank of Platoon Sergeant. He earned two Purple Hearts and Two Bronze Stars. He was united in marriage to I. Jean (Beck) Butts on February 8, 2001. She preceded him in death on November 30, 2006.

Virgil worked most of his life as a professional barber. He lived in San Jose, California for over 40 years and then resided in Okmulgee, Oklahoma before moving to Texas to be near his family. Virgil was loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. The love that he and Jean shared cannot be bound by earth, and now we rejoice that they are together in a better place.

Virgil is survived by is sister, Maxine Gasaway of Weatherford, Texas; nephew, John B. Gasaway (Crecshia) of Weatherford, Texas; niece Debbie Morgan (Jerry) of Cabot, Arkansas; niece, Carol Sue Deskin (Rick) of Cason, Texas; Step-daughter Vicky Byfield (Doug) of Los Alamitos, California; step-granddaughters, Mandi Byfield of Los Alamitos, California and Randa Kronfeld (Alex) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Elsie Atterberry of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Cozzete Blackwood of Lubbock, Texas and a brother-in-law Dee Cash of Crosbyton, Texas.

Virgil was preceded by his parents, three sisters, one brother and his first wife Mary. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.