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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Richard Paul Shires

December 31, 1963 ~ September 10, 2019

Services will be held: September 14, 2019

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Stephen Lee Hester


Services will be held: September 13, 2019

Marie Rose Parker

July 5, 1927 ~ September 10, 2019

Services will be held: September 15, 2019

Betty Jane Bouquin

June 4, 1930 ~ September 11, 2019

Services will be held: September 14, 2019

Maria Masbate Glenn

04/02/1946 ~ September 7, 2019

Services will be held:

Margaret Blanche Upchurch

Aug. 17, 1923 ~ Aug. 24, 2019.

Services will be held: September 15, 2019

Horace R. Miller

January 17, 1931 ~ September 7, 2019

Services will be held: September 12, 2019

Frances Carole Fuller Nicholson

4/6/1940 ~ 9/7/2019

Services will be held: September 10, 2019

Ronald Clark Butler

12/14/1933 ~ 07/09/2018

RALEIGH- Ronald Clark Butler died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 9, 2018. He was born December 14, 1933 in Tarboro, NC to Willie Peyton Butler and Lillian Clark Butler. He attended Tarboro High School and gained recognition as a leader and multifaceted athlete. He excelled in baseball, football, basketball and achieved the distinguished vote of Most Athletic in his senior year. Ron also served as the Student Council President. Ron graduated from East Carolina University and went on to get his masters degree in Education at the University of North Carolina. He married his high school sweetheart Billie, in 1956 and began his career as an Educator. Ron spent his entire 41 – year career in the field of education; served on the Raleigh School Board for several years. Eight years at Needham Broughton and Enloe High Schools, five years at Florida International University, and 28 years at North Carolina State University. During the last 20 years of his career, through his speeches, seminars and workshops, he assisted students, staff and numerous business, education, government, religious and civic organizations to understand the fundamental concepts and principles associated with leadership success. While at North Carolina State University, Ron created The Leadership Development Series, which continues today producing outstanding student leaders and recognizing leadership accomplishments through The Ronald C. Butler Scholarship. He lived and enthusiastically practiced, “Leadership is your most important influence!”

Anyone who knew Ron, knew he had a passion for B Western Movies. His love for the B Westerns started when he was a young boy and his Uncle Lynn took him every Saturday to see a shoot ‘um up movie! As a result of his love for B Western Movies, he was instrumental in starting the B Western Preservation Society, which he attended faithfully and worked with the Director to coordinate events, monthly newsletters and meetings. His favorite cowboy was Lash LaRue, whom he was finally able to meet during a B Western Convention.

Most people remember Ron for his vim, vigor and vitality – otherwise known as Spizzerinctum. He internalized the word, Spizzerinctum, and its meaning and became consciously aware of his will to succeed and the key to his future success in leadership and life in general. This led him to write and publish his book, “Spizzerinctum Speaks out on Leadership Success” in 2001.

Most importantly, Ron was a Christian man. He dedicated his life to God and distinguished himself as a true example of Christ in every aspect. For more than 50 years, he taught Sunday school, served on church board and sang in the choir. While attending ECU, Ron lead a successful youth ministry at his home church in Tarboro. He was a Bible teacher who taught us how to apply Christianity to everyday living. At the appointment of his cousin, Wiley Clark, Ron was instrumental in the naming and opening of New Life Christian Adoptions, a ministry of Falcon Children’s Home. Because of his countless hours of pushing through endless red tape of licensure, the agency continues today as a vibrant resource for families across many communities. Ron was recognized and greatly respected for his keen mind, understanding of the scripture, and always leading with a positive example and outlook towards the future. With Billie at his side in ministry, he took every challenge as an opportunity, and together they touched lives in every church they attended.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Billie Morris Butler and his daughters; Rhonda Butler of Morrisville, Andrea Ryder and her husband Brian Ryder of Cary. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Evelyn Rosenkoetter of Tarboro. The family extends their appreciation for the excellent care provided by Bond Park Total Life Center (Fredricia Phelps and the Total Life team), The Oaks at Mayview (Michael Conte and the Mayview team), Transitions Hospice Team (Dr. William Dunlap, Candy Moore, Maggie Usher and Lori Garcia) and Transitions Life Care Facility Team.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. at The Capital Church, 1308 Hwy 70 W, Garner, NC 27529.

Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org

If you are unable to attend the service, and would like to watch it live, please go to https://www.thecapitalchurch.org/media at 2pm EST Sat July 14, 2018.



12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Capital Church
1308 Highway 70 West, Garner NC 27529



2:00 PM

The Capital Church
1308 Highway 70 West, Garner NC 27529


  1. Donna B. Robbins

    My deepest sympathy to Ron’s family. I worked with Ron at N.C. State for quite a few years. What a wonderful person he was. We so enjoyed sharing stories about our “furry” friends. He was a dear friend and I am sure he will be missed by many. I have lots of memories of all the fun times we had at State. Prayers are with Billie and all his extended family.

  2. Bob Cairns

    Great person, great friend to all who had a great love and knowledge of The American Western— Films, books, the cowboy, anything that involved the old west.

  3. Alice Anne Ford

    I worked and knew Ron at Enloe High School. He was a wonderful scholar and a true Southern Gentleman. His beautiful smile and gentle manner endeared to all who knew him. I was blessed to know Him.

    My sincere sympathy goes to his family, Alice Anne Ford

  4. Cherylle Cribb Deal

    During school hours at Enloe High he was “Mr. Butler”, but during Friday night Scrabble games or Sunday dinners after church Ronald and Billie were among our favorite family friends. My heart holds lovely memories of them, entwined through my teenage years. In later years Ronald and I would often show up at the same time at the Fresh Market in Cameron Village where we both liked to pick up a light lunch and eat while relaxing on one of the park benches outside the store. My thoughts today are with Billie and their lovely family. God bless you and comfort you. Cherylle Cribb Deal

  5. ruth m baker

    Mr. Butler was an excellent teacher, coach, vice principal in the new start up high school, Wm. G. Enloe back in 1962. He was someone the students didn’t want to disappoint. Thank you to the family for sharing him with those who needed him! Prayers for strength and support during this time.

  6. Don Patty

    I had the privilege and honor of working with Ron for over 20 years at NC State. He was the best “idea” person I have ever known. His life was full of optimism and he wore his faith proudly. He lived his life full of spizzerinctum each and every day. He hired me when I showed him my autographed picture of Gene Autry with his horse Champion. Thanks for everything Ron!

  7. M. Wayne Denning

    There will forever be only one Ron Butler. He made me feel very special as he did everyone he met. This world would be a practically perfect place if everyone was like Ronald Clark Butler. I shall miss him terribly in this life. It is my comfort to know I WILL see him again.

  8. David Lanier

    I worked in the Office of the University Registrar at North Carolina State University for only five years, from 1976 to 1981. However, in that short time, Dean Ron Butler had a great impact on me and my future in education. Ron was the perfect role model on how to be a caring and inspiring leader. He had just begun conducting staff leadership training before I left, and I learned a great many lessons that I carried forward for the rest of my career. We will all remember and miss his friendship, energy, and enthusiasm for life.

  9. Patricia T Hummel

    As our first Vice Principal in a new high school, William G. Enloe, back in 1962, Mr. Butler made it a point to always let the students know he was there at any time for them. Everyone will miss his smile and his unselfishness. All my prayers are with the family in this their time of sorrow. May they know that Mr. Butler was loved by all he met!! No one will ever forget him.

  10. Marlene and Levy Rose

    During our early years of marriage, we were honored to have Ronald as our Sunday School teacher. He had a big impact on the life we have lived remembering his teachings from the Bible as it impacted us. We thank God for Ronald Butler, Billie, and their girls. Our prayers are with the family.

  11. Ann Pearce

    As the Director of Chaplains’ Cooperative Ministry at NCSU, I had the joy of working with Ron for several years. His enthusiasm for education and his fostering the leadership skills of students were an inspiration.

  12. Jo Anne and Larry Phillips

    Ron has meant the world to Larry, Meghan and I. We have had a very special relationship with he and Billie. We will miss the special birthday celebration every December. We miss him and Billie sitting in front of us at church and his great big hug he always had for me. It broke my heart to see him as he had become stricken with his illness but he still had that loving smile the last time I saw him. He was a very special friend to my family. I will never forget him and I thank God he was a special part of my family. Rest In Peace my special friend.

  13. Matt Smith

    A great man who will be missed.

  14. The Tsaousis Family (from the neighborhood)

    Billie – What an amazing write up on your husband! How lucky you are to have called him yours, and vice versa. What a wonderful life. Treasured memories. Blessings, and prayers to you and your family. Tracy and Peter.

  15. Joyce Watkins King

    Ron Butler was the epitome of leadership. He encouraged everyone to be their best and do their best. I still have countless little notes he would leave on my desk or slip into a notebook, thanking me for just doing my job. I had the pleasure of working for Ron for six years in the Arts NC State program and serving with him on the Friends of the College board. He lived and embodied the light of Christ in all that he did.
    My deepest condolences to the family and all who knew him and were blessed by his light.

  16. Pat Lee

    Ron was the kind of boss that everyone should have at least once in their lives! He was always supportive and appreciative of our efforts and at the same time always willing to offer guidance or suggestions as needed. He would enter the office each day with a huge smile on his face and that happy GOOD MORNING greeting that made you feel glad you were at work! That may sound a bit “cheesy”, but it was the truth!

    He helped me be the best professional I could be in a career that I loved, and he was the kind of mentor that you will never forget. There are so many who served the NC State Division of Student Affairs who would join me in that statement . You were one of a kind, Ron Butler. I was blessed to be part of your team.

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