(LINEVILLE) The funeral for Ava P. "Tommie" Butler, 92, of Lineville will be Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland with Bro. Robert Lee and Bro. David Rozelle officiating. Burial will follow at Clay County Memory Gardens.

Mrs. Butler married Herbert Butler on Oct. 12, 1956, and after 63 years of marriage, the couple passed away within hours of each other at their home on Dec. 2.

She was born in Randolph County, but lived most of her life in Clay County, where she loved to garden and cut grass with her husband. Before her retirement, Mrs. Butler was a seamstress at Higgins Manufacturing for over 25 years and was a member of Liberty Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Jan B. White of Lineville; granddaughter, Minda Campbell (Donald) of Lineville; two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Emmalyn Campbell; eight nieces, nephew and beloved dog, Idgjie. She was preceded in death only a few hours by her husband, Herbert Butler. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jones H. and Vida Wilson Bailey; two sisters, Lula Mae Brown and Betty Messer; and brother, Hoyt Bailey.

Pallbearers will be Donald Campbell, Elijah Campbell, Marlin Childs, Paul Hodge, Rob Lee, Justin Summerlin, Johnny Snow, Wendell White and Eddie Minton. Honorary pallbearers will be the Southern Care Hospice staff.

Benefield Funeral Home, Ashland.

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