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Obituary: Sgt. T. J. Butler, IV

Sgt. Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Butler, IV, 25, of Leland, NC, was killed in action while serving with the U.S. Army N.C. National Guard in Khost, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Butler was born June 19, 1987 in Washington, D.C., son of Thomas Jefferson Butler, III and Leslie Thornton Butler. T. J. grew up in Hampstead, graduated from Topsail
 High School in 2006, and joined the N.C. National Guard in June 2007. He and his wife, Holly, were married November 29, 2008, and their seven-month-old son, Thomas Jefferson Butler, V, was born March 6, 2012. Sgt. Butler deployed to Afghanistan in August 2012.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Holly Gause Butler and their son, Thomas Jefferson Butler, V; two brothers, Adam O’Brien Butler and Michael William Thornton; grandmother,
Lavola Coombs Whisenhunt; Holly’s’ parents, Lacy Kent Gause and Cynthia Marjanna Gause; three sisters-in-law, Tammy Weddington and husband, Michael, Jennifer Benjamin and husband, William, and Jessica Willis; and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.
The funeral service was 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 411 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, with Dr. Jim Everette officiating. Interment will follow in Wilmington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Andrews Market Street Chapel