11/11/13 — Flora Juanita (Oakley) Butler, 87, of Olive Hill, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.
She was born Dec. 29, 1925, on Henderson Branch in Carter County, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Perry Oakley.
Flora was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was of the Baptist faith and attended many churches in Ohio, Florida and Kentucky. She retired from the O’Neil’s Company in Mansfield, Ohio. Flora loved traveling, gospel concerts, quilting, eating out, shopping and spending time with her family. Highlights of her travels were a gospel cruise and trips to Hawaii, Ireland and Scotland. Flora was also an avid reader and loved reading about the Old West, Australia and Ireland. Both her maternal and fraternal ancestors were traced back to Ireland and England.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, her knight-in-shining-armor, James William Butler on July 17, 1999; one son, Terry W. Butler in 2009; one grandson, James Burns; and one great granddaughter, Kira Elwood. She was also preceded in death by numerous brothers who died at birth or during infancy. Siblings she was raised with who preceded her in death were Vernon, Herman, Estill, Fortune, Raleigh, Roy and Joseph Dee Oakley, Muriel Spence and Eva Lawson.
Flora is survived by two sons, James Gary (Janet) Butler of Winter Haven, Fla., and Michael (Becky) Butler of Wilmington, Ohio; one daughter, Brenda (Joseph ) McGlone of Olive Hill; one daughter-in-law, Susan Butler of Mansfield, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Aaron, Nathan, Kristy, Bryan, Travis and Shannon Butler, Jeffrey and Steven McGlone and Lisa Elwood; and seven great grandchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friend, Mary Ellen Oakley, who will sadly miss her.
A celebration of Flora’s life will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill with Brother David Rayburn officiating.
Friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Globe Funeral Chapel, 17277 West US Highway 60, Olive Hill, KY 41164.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the Mansfield Memorial Park in Mansfield, Ohio.
Flora’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.globefc.com.