In Loving Memory

James William Butcher, Jr.

May 8, 1969 - May 13, 2020

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James William Butcher, Jr., a native of northern Ohio who moved to Fairhope, AL in 2010, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at home surrounded by family and friends, following a lengthy illness. He was 51.

Jim was a 1987 graduate of Olmsted Falls (Ohio) High School.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and was a former Navy Seabee based out of Little Creek, VA. He was a volunteer and board member of Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort, AL for several years.  He was a former officer of BAMA; FOF, Fundraising for Fairhope Fire Department, Ecumenical Ministries, and worked on the Repair Baldwin Project.  Jim was an avid glassblower, marksman, and commercial butcher specializing in barbeque preparation.  He loved living near the water, music, art, cooking and Jeep off-roading, and was passionate about Veterans causes. Jim had many friends with whom he enjoyed spending time, especially boating on the Fish River and sailing with his grandfather in Lake Erie and later on Mobile Bay.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Renz (nee Allen/Butcher); and grandfather, John W. Allen, both of Fairhope, AL and grandmother, Anne Allen of Mentor, OH.

He is survived by his fiancée, Tiffany Lynn of Fairhope, AL; daughter, Amanda Butcher of Seattle, WA; father, James W. Butcher, Sr. (Karen) of Northampton, MA; stepsisters, Mrs. Kelley McCarthy, Mrs. Jennifer Brin and Ms. Stefani Ruane, all of New England; uncle, John Butcher (Linda); cousins, Michael and Christina Butcher of Columbus, OH; as well as many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Operation Reconnect to support our veterans at: https://www.operationreconnect.org/getinvolved.

Because of Covid-19, there will be a memorial and celebration of life at a later time and date, which will be announced.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at: www.hughesfh.com.  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

6 Comments

  1. Deann Servos

    Prodisee Pantry sends condolences. Jim had a huge impact on our community. His service and smile lit up Prodisee Pantry’s warehouse on Wednesday Nights. His dedication to our mission and vision of”feeding the hungry and sharing hope to all” as an Advisory Council member and then as a Board Member created ideas that will shape our community ministry for a long time. He will be missed.

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  2. Mark Wolfe

    Jim will be missed by many. I worked with him on the Board at Prodisee Pantry. He was always good natured and had a true enjoyment for life even when health problems slowed him down. My sympathy on your loss and I pray that the joy of your memories will assuage the pain of your loss. God bless. (PS, I think Heaven must’ve needed some who understood the true value of good BBQ!)

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  3. Bill Ainsworrh

    Very sorry for your loss. We will miss him at Prodisee, especially his contagious smile and optimistic spirit.

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  4. Mary Lou McNair, Prodisee Panty

    It was a pleasure to work with Jim at Prodisee Pantry over the last few years. His commitment to helping those less fortunate really shone through. He was a fine fellow and he will certainly be missed.

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  5. Casey Carrigan

    Jim will be very much missed by our bearded brothers at BAMA:FOF. He was always there and willing to put in the work involved in all of our club functions with a smiling face, even when it was hard for him to do so. I am regularly inspired by my memories with him to be active about helping others and reaching out to friends and loved ones to keep relationships strong and nurtured.

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  6. Kathy Allen

    Jim was my cousin on his mom’s side. I remember him as a fun and funny kid who loved a good prank and was always laughing. I had no idea of his illness until today as we fell mostly out of touch as adults. However, he did send a story book for my son after he was born 8 yrs ago when most of the rest of my immediate family were emotionally unsupportive. I’m sad to hear his life was cut short so soon. RIP, Jimmy.

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