Date of Death: October 7, 2023

Service Details

For those who would like to attend, a memorial will be held Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Moorepark Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Gerald (Jerry) Iveson Butler, 85, a resident of Strawberry, Arkansas, peacefully departed this life on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at his residence that he always referred to as “Butler Mountain,” surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 27, 1938 to the late Clarence Wesley and Pynie Malone Butler in Rivervale, Arkansas.

In 1954 he moved to Michigan. He worked at Neff’s Greenhouse and Mastercraft Furniture. He did furniture deliveries and learned to install flooring. In 1970 he opened his own flooring business, J&D Carpet, with Richard Downer and Rex Blood. He moved back to Arkansas in 1976.

Gerald was a carpet installer most of his life. He loved the game of golf, gardening, and working in his shop. He had a passion for antique cars.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Jewel Ann Butler; one brother, C.W. Butler; two sisters, Billie June Jones and Neva Jo Sherrod; one grandson, Michael Moore; and one great-grandson, Nathyn Moore.

He is survived by his devoted son, Steven Butler, who shared his home, as well as his three beloved daughters: Susan Wentworth of Larwill, Indiana, Sharon Jacobs (Mark) of Three Rivers, and Patty Price (Donald) of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; one brother, James Butler (Estelle); and one sister-in-law, Virginia Meabon (Loren). Gerald leaves behind his eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

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  1. I am saddened by the knowledge of Jerry’s passing. He was a kind man and I liked him very much. I think we met in about 1962. Dave Ingraham’s family owned the bookstore next to Mastercraft and I think that’s where we came on board together. My brother, sister-in-law and I would routinely appear at the store on Friday nights, where Jerry and Rex were not hard at work! It was always fun . . . they’d banter back and forth – it was a good time in my life. I purchased my first car from Jerry in 1965: it was a little black, ’54 Ford with a chevy engine and a three-speed shifter on the floor. I thought I was so hot! I gave him $200.00 down and paid it off in the 30 days as we agreed. He had purchased a 1965 442 which was beautiful!!! OH! I STILL have that Bill-of Sale for the Ford!!! . . . The things we remember . . .!!! I’m sorry that we fell out of touch . . . but I am left with wonderful memories of a warm-spirited man who always offered kindness . . . and that “smile”. I pray that all affected by Jerry’s passing heal quickly, Jerry’s friend . . .

    • Thank you so much for sharing your memories of him. I am Sharon his middle daughter. He loved that 442 and I sure which I had it today. ❤️

  2. Sharon and family; Jerry installed carpet for my husband ( Joe) . He also installed the carpet in our house. I never knew he was your Dad. What a nice man with a great smile and sense of humor. RIP

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