Ann Mae Butcher, 101, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at her home in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Ann was born May 13, 1921, in Newbern; she is the daughter of the late Finis H. Walker and Virgie Lee Moore Walker.
Ann was married to James Alfred “Butch” Butcher on July 12, 1941. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1987. Ann was also preceded in death by an infant son and her sisters, Virginia “Ginnie” Walker Vincent and Kathryn “Kitty” Walker McGuire.
It is with heavy hearts we announce Ann’s death, however, Ann’s life was a life well lived and very blessed. She was loved by all who knew her, and she always extended love, generosity, and kindness to others.
As we grieve Ann’s death, we celebrate her life. Ann was a wonderful wife and Mother being married for 46 years and raising two children: Peggy Ann Butcher Via (husband, John Via) of Jackson, and James Alfred “Jimmy” Butcher, Jr. (wife, Sherry Works Butcher) of Dyersburg who survive. Ann is also survived by her grandson and his wife, Mike and Sally Via of Spring Hill and two great grandsons, John B. Via and Ryan P. Via of Alabama.
Ann was a housewife and a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Butcher Amusement Co. She was a member of East Dyersburg United Methodist Church where she served her Lord faithfully. Ann’s hobbies were keeping her house and yard immaculately and cooking. She lived for the kitchen. Ann loved to cook, bake, host meals for her family, and participate in preparing for church meals and activities. She also loved music and singing in the choir. Ann has been singing alto ever since the days of her youth. During her stay at Dyersburg Orphanage, she and two of her best friends living there, Hiawatha Sherman and Melba Howerton Gates, spent summers traveling, singing, and playing music to raise money for the orphanage. Ann was also in the choir for 27 years at Tiptonville First United Methodist Church and 22 years in the choir at East Dyersburg United Methodist Church where she participated in choir, as well as special programs for Christmas and Easter.
After being in failing health for more than ten years, Ann is now absent from the body and present with the Lord; a life well lived; her soul now at rest and peace in glory eternally, “Safe in the arms of Jesus. There will be a graveside service at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, with services conducted by her former pastor, Bro. Jim Wolfgang, at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery at the hour of service. There will be no visitation.