Rev. L. Norman Butler


Rev. L. Norman Butler, 92, of Vienna died Jan. 7, 2021, at the Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

He was born on March 8, 1928, in Monongalia County, and was the son of the late Lester Franklin and Stella Riley Butler.

Rev. Butler served as a U.S. Navy veteran from 1953-55 and then began his ministry with his first charge in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He then took a charge of five churches in Belington, followed by Georgetown, Ohio, Nitro and then served 13 years in Parkersburg. He continued at Diamond Street United Methodist Church in Fairmont for five years and finished with 10 years in Paden City before retiring.

After his retirement in 1993 he attended St. John’s United Methodist Church in Vienna and continued his ministry to many people in the community as a retired pastor.

Rev. Butler is survived two children, Karen Hathaway and her good friend, Chuck Tennant, of Parkersburg, Phillip Butler and his wife, Carol, of Lubeck; four grandchildren, Charles Nickell Jr., Jeremy Hathaway and wife, Michelle, Amanda Cramlet and husband, Mike, Andrew Butler; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; ex-son-in-law, Jeff Hathaway; one sister, Ida Judge of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his wife, Virginia Sharp Butler; three sister, Blanche Stalnaker, Margaret Hohenstien and Evelyn Tenney.

Private Services will be at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Rev. Bob Alfred officiating.

Public Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg and Friday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home in Elkins.

Graveside Services will be Friday, 2 p.m. at Valley Head Cemetery Valley Head.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John United Methodist Church, 3911 Grand Central Avenue, Vienna, WV 26105.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.