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Minister James Lee Butler Jr.

December 15, 1957 - January 24, 2024

Burial Date: February 2, 2024

Calling hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by a Homegoing Celebration Service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Community Tabernacle Outreach Center, 12 Hewlett Street, Waterbury, CT.  Burial will be at New Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, CT. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colonial Funerals, 270 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT and James R. Sanders, Funeral Director. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.

Minister James Lee Butler, Jr. entered into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.  He was the loving husband of Norma (Jordan) Butler; they were together for 31 years and married for 13 years.

James was born on December 15, 1957, in Waterbury, CT to Evangeline Butler and the late James (Jabo) L. Butler, Sr.    He was educated in the Waterbury school system and continued his education at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) where he studied counseling.   James was a hard and loyal worker and was well liked by his coworkers, clients and the community at large.  He was currently employed at Curtain Transportation where he safely transported children to school and the elderly to their appointments.

He was a servant and disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his life was truly a reflection of his love for Jesus.  He was a Minister at Community Tabernacle Outreach Center (CTOC) in Waterbury and was elected to be ordained as an Elder.

He was an awesome ambassador for the Kingdom of God and he served the Lord with love, passion, compassion and joy!  In addition, James loved music and was a gifted singer.  He was on the Praise and Worship Team at his church and had great joy in ministering though music!  He sang the praises of God through some of his favorite songs such as “Awesome”, “Every Praise” and “We’re Blessed”.

James also loved his family tremendously and his family loved and adored him.  He was the star of all family functions and often played the lead singer in the family’s rendition of the Temptations.  He always carried the joy of the Lord and a beautiful smile; his laughter was contagious!  Other activities James enjoyed were dancing and cooking; and one of his favorite dishes was mom’s macaroni and cheese.

In addition to his loving wife and mother, he is survived by his children Andre L. Peterson of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Shaneil L. Butler, James L. Butler III, Julius Butler, Sheree Butler and Quaneisha Jordan all of Waterbury, CT.  Jamie Butler of Meriden, CT, Jake Dixon of Washington, D.C. and Joshua and Jasmine Tarver Butler of Houston, Texas.  Also surviving are siblings Jamie Denise Dean (Willie), Alan D. Butler (Vanessa), Dedra S. Camp, Bruce A. Camp and Marvin Nowell all of Waterbury, CT.  Elissa L. Velez (Jose) of Wolcott, CT, Duane A. Camp (Debra) of Middletown, CT, Frederick N. Camp of Beacon, NY and a close and special friend Michelina Ciarlo of Waterbury, CT.  He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law Samuel and Jinnie Wright and sister-in-law Crystal (Richard) Berger all of Waterbury, CT and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In addition to his father, James is also predeceased by his stepfather Frederick Norman Camp, Sr. and his son Alucard J. Butler.  James will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him.

Calling hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by a Homegoing Celebration Service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Community Tabernacle Outreach Center, 12 Hewlett Street, Waterbury, CT.  Burial will be at New Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, CT. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colonial Funerals, 270 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT and James R. Sanders, Funeral Director. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.