Gone But Not Forgotten


Jimmie Reed Butler, 85 of Trenton, passed from this life on January 15,2022, surrounded by his loving family at The Reed Home place where he was blessed to draw his first and final breaths within the same walls. He was born in Trenton on October 17, 1936, to James Marvin (J.M. “Dolly”) Butler and Laura Reed Butler. He was a dedicated and loyal son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and loyal friend. A graduate of Trenton High School, and Texas A & M University, class of '59 attending on a Livestock Judging Scholarship. He was a member of the National Championship A & M University Judging Team. During his college days, he also enjoyed rodeo, competing in Bull-Riding and Steer Dogging.

On July 26, 1958, he was married to the Love of his Life, and childhood friend, Elizabeth Kay Anderson Butler, in the First United Methodist Church of Trenton, where they celebrated their 50th and 64th Anniversaries as faithful members for their entire lifetimes. He was a Rancher, Auctioneer, and Ag Teacher with a specialization in Animal Husbandry and Genetics. His auctioning career took them all across America and to the Middle East, where he auctioned heavy equipment in Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, Liverpool, Falkland Islands, Canada, Turkey, Scotland, France, England and the Alaskan pipeline where he established life-long friendships worldwide. He was known as "one of a kind “and one of the "Great Ones" among Ring Men. He had a passion for "Story Telling”, with his signature laughter and smile. Through years of interest in Collecting and trading Western Memorabilia, he assembled extensive collections; he and Kay were named to The Bit and Spur Collector's Hall of Fame with feature article in ‘The Cattleman’. He and Kay ran Butler Cattle Company with herds of purebred Charolais. They served as charter members of the Texas Bluebonnet Charolais Association, raising champion breeding lines, competing at The Major Livestock Shows with great success. He was one of the pioneers in the Maine-Anjou breed expansion in the US. He and Kay enjoyed their miniature horse herds and were able to win Best of Color with their registered black leopard appaloosa, winning National Grand Champion Get of Sire.

“BigJim” was the patriarch of a large, loving family. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his sister, Beverly Mac Butler Alexander and Max Alexander. Those left to cherish his memory are the many men whom he has mentored and shared fatherly guidance and wisdom, his loving wife " KayKay" of Trenton, daughters Beverly Bain Butler Hall and her husband Kelly of Henderson, Kimberly Kay Butler Jestis and her husband Chuck of Montague, son Dr. J.Reed Butler and his wife Jessica of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, daughter Kristy Bettina Butler Stringer and her husband Chris of Trenton. John Alexander (Annie), Laurie Alexander, Rodney Alexander (Mandi), Katelyn Parsons (Chase), Blaine, Ashley and Aubrey Alexander, Glenda Pierce Butler Hackney (John). Grandchildren Kayla Mann (Russell) of Frisco, Kylee Mann (Rex) of Southlake, Kamryn Jones (Cody) of Henderson, Preston Jestis (Brittany) of Sealey, Jaycee Jestis (Dylan) of Denton, Daxton Reed Butler, Ella Butler of Bartlesville, Riley Stringer, Reed Stringer of Trenton. Great-grandchildren Malley, Macy, Mark Kelly Mann, Presley, Berkley Mann, Collier Jones, Sophira, Axel Jestis, Elliot Henson, Oliver and Henry King.

Celebration of his Life Well Lived will be led by Pastor Wayne Walters in the Trenton First United Methodist Church on Monday January 17,2022 at 10:00am. Honorary Pallbearers, Dax Butler, Reed Stringer, Riley Stringer, Preston Jestis, Charlie Baker, T.C. Berryhill, Larry Anderson, Don Anderson, Lew Donaghey, Jim Dillard, Jack Dillard, David Catching, Clint Catching, Tom Mac Holmes, John "Jug" Kiker, and Jimmy Spoonmore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

The First United Methodist Church of Trenton
PO Box 216 (at 215 North Second Street)
Trenton, Texas 75490