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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Tuesday July 12th, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Midway United Methodist Church
Wednesday July 13th, 2022

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Midway United Methodist Church
Wednesday July 13th, 2022

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Rupert Carlyle Butler

Rupert Carlyle Butler, age 93, passed away from a recent illness at the Penn Nursing Center in Reidsville. Until a major decline in his health a few months ago, Carlyle was able to remain in his home with the care of his family and a wonderfully devoted group of caregivers who loved him dearly. The only child of Rupert Pascal and Williamette Wariner Butler, Carlyle grew up on a farm, in a house that his father and uncle built, in the close knit Midway community and at Midway Methodist Church in Rockingham County. He graduated from Reidsville High School in 1947 to enroll at NC State College, and graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry In 1951.  Carlyle enjoyed big-band music, playing cards in Alexander Dormitory, was in ROTC, worked in a chemistry lab, and he attended the first basketball game played in Reynolds Coliseum.  Carlyle enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War where he served in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Benning, and as a draftsman at Fort Belvoir, before returning to NC State to finish his studies. Upon receiving a degree in Education, Carlyle returned to Rockingham County to accept a teaching position at Wentworth High School. Carlyle taught high school science - Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and one challenging year of Physics, in addition to driver education until his retirement from Rockingham County Senior High School.  There was the annual Leaf project, stinky labs, magazine sales, Proms, basketball games, and so much more shared with his incredible fellow teachers and staff. He loved and was admired by hundreds of students whose lives he touched. Carlyle could not go to a local restaurant without someone coming up to him and saying “Hi Mr. B. Remember me? You taught me how to drive!” He would always smile and respond with kind words of appreciation. In 1956. Carlyle married the love of his life, Lorene Andrews, a marriage of 58 years until her passing in 2015. Together Carlyle and Lorene raised their four sons while engaging in their passions of ballroom dancing, antiquing, Wolfpack football, politics, and trips to the beach and floating casinos. They raised a yard-full of plants and flowers, and Carlyle enjoyed sharing hundreds of Azalea plants with others.  Carlyle was an avid and accomplished cribbage player who traveled across the country playing in tournaments. Sitting at the kitchen table playing cribbage with his sons and grandchildren gave him great joy. Carlyle was a lifelong member of Midway United Methodist Church, where he attended Sunday services with dear friends until his health made it difficult to do so. He was also a member of the Elks Club of Reidsville and the NC State Wolfpack Club. Carlyle is survived by his sons Lyndal Butler of Greensboro; Gary Butler and his wife Carol Donin of Durham; Craig Butler of Durham; and Philip Butler and his wife Tonya of Summerfield; grandchildren Brienne Butler (Kacy), Leslie Caldwell (Shawn), Andrew Butler (Holly), Erin Butler, Addison Butler and Ainsley Butler; and great-grandchildren Zoie Butler, Riley and Ryder Caldwell, Anderson Butler and Samantha Butler. He also leaves behind numerous dear friends who shared in his many passions and hobbies. Visitation will be at Wilkerson Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 6:00 till 8:00 PM.  Other times the family will be at the home.  The funeral at Midway United Methodist Church will be officiated by Rev. Ellen Spruill and Rev. Patricia Wright on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 10:00 A.M.  Memorial donations may be made to Midway United Methodist Church and Hospice of Rockingham County. 


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Jeanene moore Aug 8 2022 11:23 AM

Mr Buttler was one of the best! Had him for chemistry in 11th grade. Loved him! I am so sorry for all of the family. I know he was loved by you all.

Tammy Stone Farmer Jul 30 2022 7:24 PM

So sorry to read of Carlyle's passing. I enjoyed many challenging games of Cribbage and interesting stories of our families the he seemed to have an endless supply of! God bless his family

Jim Turner Jul 25 2022 9:00 PM

Carlyle was certainly one of a kind and such a dear, sweet man! Your azaleas are planted in our backyard and we think of you every Spring when they bloom! What a legacy you have left behind in your amazing sons and their families. You will be missed but never ever forgotten! Our sincerest sympathies to you all.
With love, The Sipes

Robyn Sipe Jul 20 2022 2:14 PM

To the family of Mr. Carlyle Butler, I wa so shocked & saddened to see that he had passed away. I am sorry that I missed speaking to your family during your visitation time! Mr. Butler was my Driver's Ed teacher and I learned so much about how to be a good & courteous driver from him. He was so funny! I learned much, and had a good time doing it! My condolences to the Butler Family in recognition of the passingt of such a sweet gentleman! My prayers are with you all. Rochelle Tucker, Ruffin High School Cklass of 1977

Rochelle Tucker Jul 18 2022 9:13 AM

Did not know Carlyle but am old enough to remember his mother’s doll collection, it was quite impressive. He and I were second cousins I believe, and as a child I often heard the adults speak of “Willamette, Vivian, Jamsie, Carlyle and Rupert”. If I have this right, my grandmother Bessie Borum Carter was his grandmother’s (Carrie Borum Wariner)sister. This obit is a wonderful write up and I’ve learned a lot about this distant relation I wish I had known better. Condolences to the family!

Margaret L. Cobb Jul 17 2022 11:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rupert Butler

Margaret L. Cobb Jul 17 2022 10:49 PM

Your family has lost a very dear and special man. He was an extraordinary teacher - loved by so many.
Sorry to have missed you at his service. We were out of town.
Larry and Evelyn Strader

Evelyn Jul 16 2022 1:53 PM

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Kelly Isley Guthrie Jul 16 2022 12:47 PM

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