Mr. Butler was born on Nov. 18, 1950, in Cairo, the son of Ernest and Lena Sharp Butler.
He was a faithful saint, deacon and board member of the First Pentecostal Church in Cape Girardeau for over 15 years.
He is survived by his first and only love, Anna Marie Butler, his wife of 51 years, whom he married on Aug. 18, 1969.
His children include Tommy (Michelle) Butler, Lisa Keppner and the Rev. Stephen (Salina) Butler.
He had 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, whom he adored; his brother, Ronnie (Cindy) Butler of Cedar Hills, Mo.; and a sister, Shirley Dixon of Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ernest Butler Jr.; five sisters, and two brothers.
A celebration of the life of Ernest Butler, hosted by his family, will be Sunday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Church in Cape Girardeau, with the Rev. Stephen R. Butler and Pastor Darrell E. Faire officiating.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the church.
Memorials can be made to the church’s building fund.
To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.
Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.