Elder Jonas  L. Butts

Elder Jonas L. Butts

Thursday August 19th, 1926 - Friday November 27th, 2020
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Elder Jonas Lee Butts (Skeet), 94, passed away on November 27th, 2020. He was born August 19, 1926, to Reverend Zack, Sr. and Gertrude Butts, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Elder Butts celebrated a rich and full life before the onset of his sickness. He was kind and compassionate, always willing to lend a hand or give help to those in need. Elder Butts gave his life to Christ in May 1955 and became an active member of New Enon Baptist Church. He later moved his membership to Greater New Home Missionary Baptist Church, were he served faithfully for over 55 years as an Usher, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Minister, Elder, and Elder over the Senior Saints Ministry. Also, Elder Butts served as interim Pastor of New Home Baptist church until the installation of Pastor G. M. Spotts. Additionally, he was a faithful member of the Ministers Union, as it progressed the named changed to Clergy Koinonia and Standifer Place Auxiliary and Church Service, where he preached to the patients every Tuesday.
Elder Butts received his education from the Fort Cheatham School System. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during World War II from July 31, 1943 - December 21, 1945 and received an honorable discharge. He worked at Ernest Holmes Wrecker Company, Hamilton County Nursing Home (Standifer Place), and retired from Erlanger Hospital.

Elder Butts was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Zack Sr. and Gertrude Butts, 19 siblings; wives, May Bell, Anne Grace, and Pearl Lee; sons, John Wayne Butts Sr., Melvin Butts, and Minister Daryl Butts.
Elder Butts was surrounded by family as he transitioned peacefully at his residence. His loving and devoted family will cherish his memories, Children: Rhonda Williams, Nichelle (Jearld) Sanders, Jimmy Butts, Ricardo (Loice) Butts, all of Chattanooga, Minister Cedric (Deaconess Suzette) Butts, of Norfolk, VA. and Timekeus; Daughter-in-law, Ariene Butts; Grandchildren, John Wayne Jr., Barry, Waynette, Jermine, Markeita, Qunicy, Timothy Jr., Cedrick, Dedrick, Cardarius, Timekeus Jr., Johnny Jr., Ricardo Jr., Coridon, Amari, Cameron, Farrel, Artuero (Valerie), and Cherrick; great grandchildren, Dr. DeMario, Brandon, Tevin, Timothy III, Tyson, Jamison, Christopher, Tennyson, Taylor, and Timbe; siblings, Margaret and Edell Butts; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; his special little nephew, Lawson Standerfer; his sports traveling partner, the late Deacon Elijah Sanders; his special children, Deacon Dewie Smartt, Deacon Terrance Clay, Deacon Bill Williams, Deacon Michael Thompson, Elder Cortez Stokes, Elder Eyo Efiom, Pastor Anthony Williams, Elder Lyndon Clay, Detective Cory Stokes, and Sister Gwyndnn Bush; his special grandchildren at New Home and Greater Friendship, and his dear friend, Mrs. Jean White.
A public viewing will be held 2:00pm-6:00pm, Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, December 7, at New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.
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    Sunday December 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday December 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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  • Service

    Monday December 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday December 7th, 2020 12:00pm
    New Home Baptist Church
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Margaret Collins

Posted at 01:03pm
My sincere condolences to the entire family with my blessings.
Margaret Collins FDCC Norfolk, VA


Marvin & Alexia Burnett

Posted at 08:10pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jacquelyn Atkerson

Posted at 07:59pm
So sorry for your loss Rhonda. It's a hard pill to swallow but know the God has you and your family and if you allow Him to, he will comfort each of you and give you a peace.

Winifred Careathers

Posted at 11:37pm
Sorry for your loss !!

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From your AVW family to the entire Butts family, condolences and our prayers in this time of your loss
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