Charles Butler

Retired U.S. Secret Service, U.D., Inspector Charles Voiers Butler Jr., 78, of Paris, Tennessee, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Henry County Medical Center.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Sulphur Well Church of Christ. Bob Palmer and Randy Stephens will officiate.

Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

Named as pallbearers are Monte Belew, Jason Leech, Bill Moody, Ben Hassell, Stan Chilcutt and Scott McDevitt.

Sam Butler and Gerald Bomar are honorary pallbearers.

Born Sept. 12, 1941, in Milan, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Charles V. Butler Sr., and Virginia Nealon Butler. He was married at the First Christian Church on Aug. 8, 1964, to the former Suzanne Marie Lampkins.

Charles is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Nancy Lee Butler Ott. He was predeceased by his grandparents John Robert and Cora Lee Parker Butler and Daniel Fisher and Marcella Luger Nealon and a stepgrandmother, Ann Swinney Nealon.

He graduated from E.W. Grove High School in 1960, and received a B.S. degree in the Administration of Justice from American University in Washington, D.C.

Butler was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the Seventh Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Bad Tolz, Germany. In 1963, he was a member of the Seventh Army Support Command Championship Rifle Team.

He was an officer with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police, 2nd Precinct for 3 years and was with the U.S. Secret Service for over 21 years. During his career in law enforcement, he provided protection for Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush and to countless foreign diplomats and heads of state.

Butler was a Secret Service Counter-Sniper in 1972,

and from 1982 to 1987 was the official in charge of the Counter-Sniper Unit, Canine Explosive Detection Unit and Weapons Detection Unit. In 1987, he was appointed to the rank of Inspector by the Director of the U.S. Secret Service. He retired in 1989, with over 26 years of government service.

He was a recipient of the U.S. Treasury Distinguished Expert Marksmanship Award. He also received numerous U.S. Treasury Outstanding Performance and Special Achievement awards to include a lifesaving commendation. Upon retirement, he received the U.S. Treasury Department’s Albert Gallatin Award.

He attended Sulphur Well Church of Christ. He belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police, D.C. Lodge #1; the Irish Police Emerald Society; Am-Vets, Paris Landing Post 45; American Legion, Paris Landing Post 89; Military Order

of the Stars and Bars; and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

His love of military history has taken him to WWII battlefields in Europe accompanying WWII veterans.

His pride and interest in his Southern heritage led him to tour Civil War battlefields in Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee.

He was an excellent gardener and won prizes for his vegetables and apples in the Charles County, Maryland, county fair. He continued to have beautiful gardens after moving back to Paris, Tennessee.

He enjoyed duck and deer hunting and fishing. He enjoyed being outdoors and hiking.

Most of all, he loved his family and his country.

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