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Ralph Cortez Butler, Edmonton, KY (d. June 19, 2012)

He was the patriarch of a distinguished Metcalfe County, KY, family. He grew up in Monroe Co., KY, a graduate of Tompkinsville High School, attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia KY, where he met the love of his life - Ruth Sewell Butler, who survives and to whom he was married 68 years; and graduated from Tennessee Tech. He was a naval officer in World War II. He coached in Marrowbone before moving to Metcalfe County, where he enjoyed many years as a teacher, guidance counselor, and basketball coach at Metcalfe County High School. He was a devoted Christian, a member of Edmonton United Methodist and was active in community affairs.

Ralph Cortez Butler, 91, of Edmonton passed away June 19, 2012.

Funeral services will be held 11amCT, Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Butler Funeral Home, 201 East Street, Edmonton, KY, with burial in the Edmonton Cemetery. Visitation will be 3pm-8pmCT, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, and after 9amCT, Thursday at the funeral home.

A graduate of Tompkinsville High School

After graduating from Tompkinsville High School, Cortez attended Lindsey Wilson College, where he met his wife of 68 years, Ruth Sewell.

He left LWC to serve as a Naval officer and pilot in World War II. Following WWII, he resumed his education at Tennessee Tech, then took a position as a teacher and basketball coach at Marrowbone High School. Cortez and his family eventually moved to Metcalfe County, where he enjoyed many years as a teacher, guidance counselor, and basketball coach at Metcalfe County High School.

He maintained commitment to church, family, and community

Throughout his life, Cortez maintained a strong commitment to church, family, and community. He was an active member of the Edmonton United Methodist Church and completed daily devotionals.

For as long as his health permitted, he enjoyed going out daily to have coffee, pick up mail, and visit with friends and community members.

Sunday lunches and vacations with his family remained a priority to the end of his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents Billy and Fannie McCreary Butler; eight brothers: Bernard, Adas, Albert, Kenneth, Bob, Estie, Cleotis, and Eugene Butler; son in law Jim Coleman.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Sewell Butler, and the following:
  • His daughter: Connie Coleman

  • Son: Tez Butler

  • Three granddaughters: Heather Coleman, Holly Coleman Boling, and Heidi Coleman

  • And two great grandsons: Coleman and Cabot Boling
Butler Funeral Home, 201 East Street, Edmonton, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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