Dorothy Graham Butts

Published 12:05 pm Monday, June 21, 2010

Dorothy Graham Butts, 91, of Eagle Lake died Sunday, June 20, 2010, in Vicksburg after a long illness.

Mrs. Butts was born at Milldale in Redwood on May 5, 1919. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Butts; her parents, Lawrence and Robbie Graham; and her sister Evelyn Graham Whitaker. She was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and lifelong resident of Warren County.

After the death of her husband in 1964, Mrs. Butts moved to the Eagle Lake community and continued his farming operation at a time when women farmers were mostly nonexistent. Her farming operations primarily included raising cattle, cotton, corn and soybeans. She established a record of highest cotton yield in Warren County.

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Mrs. Butts was active in many farming organizations during her farming years, including the Soil Conservation Committee, the County Farmers Home Administration Committee and Farm Bureau of which she was the first woman in Mississippi to be elected a county Farm Bureau president. She continued to serve as a member of the board for a number of years.

Dorothy Butts was a member of Redwood Methodist Church and active in Eagle Lake Methodist Church, serving as pianist and Sunday school teacher for many years as well as many other leadership positions. She was the past president of Eagle Lake Community and an active member for many years.

Mrs. Butts is survived by her children, George Allen Butts and Kathy Butts Terry; and her grandchildren, Jennifer Cooper, Tracy Davis and Cody Butts; and great-grandchildren, Bryce Ashley, Jordan Cooper and Abigayle Davis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Dwight Sibley, pastor of Eagle Lake Baptist Church, and Deacon B.J. Shows of Eagle Lake Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Milldale Cemetery in Redwood. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to The Palmer Home for Children.