Ella Mae Butler

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Asheville ? Ella Mae Francis Ball Butler, 81, of 25 Overlook Place in Asheville, joined her Lord on July 2, 2007. She was the daughter of the late Bryan Jennings and Annie Mabel Ball. She was preceded in death by her beloved aunt, Julia Mae Pressley, and sisters, Ellen Naomi Ball Swayngim and Hazel Lewis Gasperson. Ella Mae is survived by her adoring husband of 46 years, William Franklin Butler of Asheville; son, Randy F. Butler and wife Susan; brother, Norman S. Pressley and wife Kay and a loving family of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She retired after 34 years of dedicated service from Mills Manufacturing Company in Woodfin. She was a devoted member of Skyland First Baptist Church. Aunt Mae, as she was fondly known, will be remembered and deeply missed by all who knew her and whose lives she touched and blessed. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at Skyland First Baptist Church with the Reverends David Honeycutt and Carl Mintz officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

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  1. Aunt Mae you will be missed you and Bill were like my 2nd mom and dad during the summer while I would always be over to play with Lisa. You have been a big part of many lives and we love and miss you.

  2. Bill, we are so sorry to hear of Ella Mae’s passing. She will surely be missed by all of us. Our prayers and sympathy to all of your family. Love, James & Helen

  3. To Bill, family and friends – My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ella Mae and I were inspection partners at Mills back in the 50’s. I will see you again ‘When All of God’s Singers Get Home’. Blessings and Peace, Betty Nelon Rhodes

  4. Bill, I was sorry to read of Ella Mae’s passing. I am sure she will be missed by you and all her Family and friends.
    Please except our condolences.

  5. We are deeply sorry for you loss. Our prayers are with your family in this time of grief. May God bless you all.

  6. Dear Bill,
    I am so sorry that you are left alone.You two had a great life together.She is a wonderful lady and you have been blessed.
    It will be hard for you but God is our strength. It is hard to believe Rufus has been in glory for 10 years in sept.
    I will pray for you and your son.
    God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you.
    Your friend,
    Jean Harris

  7. Praying for your family. May you take comfort in the knowledge that Ella Mae is in a better place.

  8. Dear Bill, Randy and family: My family and I were so saddened to hear of Ella Mae’s passing, but then again, she is where she needs to be, in her heavenly home. I always looked forward to seeing her at church when I got a chance to be in Asheville, and she always had a smile on her face. She was truly a blessed soul here on this earth. May God keep you in his loving arms in the difficult days ahead.

  9. Bill,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. You and Ella Mae have touched my heart, you both are truly wonderful people. I rejoice in the fact that she is with our Lord and we will see her again one day.
    Love Tammy & Raymond

  10. Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Ella Mae was a ture gift from God. She was alway there for my mother Betty. She will be missed by all. Take comfort that God has her in his care.

    God Bless you always. Becci, Philip,Darrell,Amanda Penland and Wade Williams

  11. Bill, Randy, Susan, Norman & Kay

    We were so sorry to learn of Ella Mae’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May God bless and keep you.

    Jean and Wilson Tschiffely (Lois Evans daughter and son-in-law)

  12. Bill, Randy & Susan
    My family and I mourn with you and rejoice with you in knowing that Ella Mae is with our father now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and keep you. We will always treasure the brief moments we spent with her.

    With all our love,
    Mike, Sandy & Amanda Archer

  13. My sister-in-law Ella Mae will always be in my heart,though I know she is not in pain any more and is in a better place and I hope we all will see her again and rejoice.I will never forget that beautiful smile she always had and the love she had for everyone,she could never be mad at anyone.I believe she is with Julie and Hazel,the boys and the baby girl Aalyiah.I know she is looking down on us all and will take care of us all.I LOVED HER VERY MUCH AND ALWAYS WILL.

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