Carolyn L. Butrum

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SIKESTON -- Carolyn Louise Butrum, age 69, died at 10:40 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at her home in Sikeston.

She was born Oct. 4, 1942, at Wolf Island, Ky., to the late Byoma and Addie May Wilson Long.

On April 4, 1958, at Benton, she was united in marriage to Marvin L. Butrum who survives of the home.

She had been employed at Ferrell's Market in Charleston and later as cafeteria manager at Southeast Elementary School in Sikeston. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a member of Crossroads of Hope Community Church in Sikeston. Her biggest role in life was that of a very dedicated "pastor's wife," and looking after not only her own family, but her church family as well. She fought a courageous 13-year battle with inflammatory breast cancer and was always willing to discuss her plight with anyone.

Besides her husband, she is also survived by: one son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Matthew and Heather Butrum of Chaffee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Tim Chappell of Sikeston and Cindy and Mark Reed of Atlanta; two brothers, Virgil Long of Benton and Frank Quertermous of Scott City; and a favorite aunt, Virginia Butrum.

Also surviving are: six grandchildren, Kent and Kyleigh Chappell, Eric and Mykah Chappell and Adam Reed of Sikeston, Abigail Reed of Atlanta and Isaiah Butrum and Josiah Butrum of Chaffee; and three great-grandchildren, Kinleigh Chappell, Katelynn Chappell and Kolton Chappell of Sikeston.

She was preceded in death by five brothers.

Friends may call from 5 till 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the Blanchard Funeral Chapel where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24 with the Rev. Matthew Butrum, pastor of First Baptist Church of Chaffee, officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. Rick Ramsey, pastor of Crossroads of Hope Community Church.

Burial will follow at Unity Cemetery at Benton.

Pallbearers will be: Eric Chappell, Tim Chappell, Adam Reed, Mark Reed, Corky Butrum, Abigail Reed, Isaiah Butrum and Josiah Butrum.

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