James Franklin "Jimmy" Butts
August 27, 1944  -  January 5, 2019

James Franklin "Jimmy" Butts

Public Viewing
Lathan Funeral Home, Grove Hill
20334 Hwy. 43
Grove Hill, AL  36451
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Lathan Funeral Home, Grove Hill
20334 Hwy. 43
Grove Hill, AL  36451
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
12:00 pm
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It is with great sadness that the family of James "Jimmy" Franklin Butts, 74, of Grove Hill, announces his passing on January 5, 2019 in Jackson, Alabama. Jimmy will be lovingly honored and forever remembered by his wife, Jean W. Butts, and his children, Beth Lane, Craig Butts, Gina Fleming, Wyatt Wilson, and preceded by son, Scott Wilson. Jimmy will also be lovingly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Nicole, Sol, Mary, Katie, Hayden, Piper, James Craig, and Dawson, and two great-grandchildren, Emma Claire and Eli. Family and friends will celebrate Jimmy through fellowship remembering his love of telling a good story packed with heartfelt memories and laughter.

A native of Talladega County, Jimmy served in the Army National Guard with 18 years of service. He achieved the rank of First Sergeant with the 31st Calvary Division. In the late 1970's, he was named as the "most outstanding enlisted man" in a five-state area. Jimmy then followed a career in the asphalt business as a respected, long-time asphalt contractor and pioneered asphalt recycling in both Alabama and Mississippi. A partner in Butts u0026 Billingsley Asphalt Company, owner of Butts Construction and the first person presented a lifetime membership of the Alabama Asphalt Association, his impact on the asphalt industry is unmatched. His experience in the contracting business, past dealings with the transportation department, and his success as an independent businessman made him the most experienced appointee to the Director of Transportation, which fulfilled a lifelong ambition. His crowning achievement was being named Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation by Governor Fob James. He eventually retired from Southwest Alabama Construction.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Lathan Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow to honor the memory of Jimmy will be held 12:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Danny Beard, Jake Billingsley, Craig Butts, Dawson Butts, James Craig Butts II, Bo Cross, Jimmy Loftin, Maurice Paul, Gray Skipper, and Bennie "Bug" Tarleton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Don Butts, Tony Butts, Marc Butts, Tommy Butts, Glen Busby, David Dunlap, Mike Fleming, Ronald Gardner, Josh Godbold,Chip Harrigan, Drew Harrigan, Patrick Harrigan, Jeff Harrigan, Dale Holloway, Allen Horn, Tim James, Hal "Pee-Wee" Johnson, Jr., Judge John Jones, David Lane, Ricky Mislead, Todd Morris, Wendall Patterson, Nelson Reynolds, Ray Sheffield, David Skipper, George "Buddy" Skipper III, George Skipper IV, Richard Skipper, John Teague, Shannon Tucker, and John Whitman.

Those who so desire may make honorary donations in memory of Jimmy to Pilots for Christ, P.O. Box 707, Monroeville, AL 36461. The family of Jimmy wishes to extend their sincere thanks to friends and family for their support over the last few years. Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away. With legacy and legend, we remember the strong spirit of James "Jimmy" Franklin Butts.


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  1. Kathleen OConnell
    Fair Hill, MD

    Rest In Peace Jimmy. You had an impact on my life albeit many, many years ago.

  2. Patsy Rich Weaver
    Pell City, AL

    Jimmy was a great CHS '62 Classmate. Always smiling and friendly to everybody. We had a good laugh at one of our class get togethers. Something I won't write about, here. I know your family will miss you.

  3. Tony O. Butts
    Knoxville, TN


    Sandra & I want to express to you Jean, and the entire Butts family how much we love you and how much we loved Jimmy, and his the entire family.
    Jimmy was a very special person and the entire "Butts Family", will really miss him and we want you to know how special Jimmy was and how deeply we will miss him!

    Please call on us for any needs you might have. We wish we could have been with you during this special time!

    I am sure you know just how special Jimmy was and how much the entire "Butts family" will miss the unique quality Jimmy made of his life here on earth!

    We want you to know we wish we could have been with all the family during this special time, but our health issues
    were not where we could be with you and the family!

    Please express our deep love for both you and Jimmy, to the family and know we will be with you with our prayers during the days to come!

    Sandra & Tony Butts
    Knoxville, Tennessee

  4. Don Butts
    Las Vegas, NV

    Jimmy I'm sorry we could not be with you today as your colorful life was honored. .You left a legacy that will never be surpassed. I'm honored to be an honorary pallbearer. Maria was in the hospital pending back surgery, and I can't leave her alone. / My thoughts are with your family. I'll always admire your accomplishments. Don Butts

  5. Gene Jackson
    Dadeville, AL

    On behalf of all former and many current ALDOT employees throughout the state of Alabama, we send our prayers and sympathy to Mr. Butts family

  6. Wyman & Pat Rainey
    Mobile, AL

    Jean our prayers are with you & your family. I love you, Pat

  7. Sandra Donahoo
    Childersburg, AL

    You will always be in our family's heart !! My sons godfather, both Chad and Ben, and my husband best friend (a brother forever). The Donahoo's are very sad today. Love is sent today to the entire Butts family.

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