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On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Estelle Adams Butler, 84, left this life to receive her reward with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after a long battle with dementia.
There, she was reunited with her husband of 64 years, Lloyd Porter Butler Jr., who preceded her in death by just 14 days.
Estelle was born on February 8, 1932, in Charles City County to John Wesley Adams and Ruth Adams. She was raised on their farm, along with her three brothers and one sister, and graduated from Charles City High School. Her love for Charles City stayed with her throughout her life. Following graduation, she worked as a secretary for the Methodist Publishing House in Richmond. In 1951, she met Lloyd, the love of her life, and they married after three months of courtship.
Estelle was a homemaker and devoted her life to raising her five children. She possessed the heart of a loving, strong woman of faith, who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family. Estelle was a fabulous cook; specializing in southern fried chicken, the best corn pudding you’ve ever tasted, fruitcakes and so much more. She loved country music, especially Johnny Cash and Vince Gill. Her young-at-heart zest for life was evident in so many joyous events in her life, but most of all she cherished her children and grandchildren. Estelle was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and a member of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class.
Estelle was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her three brothers, Edward, John Wesley Jr., and Irving Adams.
She is survived by her son, L.P. Butler III (Robyn); daughters, Diane Robbins (Paul), Carol Romeo (Steve), Teresa Crocker (Dennis) and Sherri Austin (Jon); grandchildren, Dr. Justin Crocker (Michelle), the Rev. Brandon Robbins (LeeAnn), Nicole Mottinger (Gregg), Brittany Robbins, Matthew and Zachary Romeo and Caroline and Jon Lloyd Austin; her great- grandchildren, Landin, Molly, Emma, Levi, and one yet to be born. She is also survived by her sister, Ethel Taylor, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Forever adored as Gammy and Ma-Ma by her grandchildren, she will be cherished always.
The family wishes to thank Dr. John Hollingsworth and the staff at TPMG Grafton, and the entire loving care team at Mennowood Retirement Community, along with LaDonn Cramer of Heartland Hospice.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Amory Funeral Home. A celebration of Estelle’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 18, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow at the church. Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park will be private.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to IGNITE Norfolk, a new church started by Estelle’s grandson, Brandon Robbins. IGNITE focuses on serving those in need at ODU and throughout the city. Memorial donations may be sent to IGNITE Norfolk, P.O. Box 12654, Norfolk, VA 23541.
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