Remembering Pearl Butler

Back and early 1950s, Pearl and Wesley Butler enrolled their son Greg in the Sugarland Country Day School.  They would drive way out in the country from their home in Alexandria near what is now T. C. Williams High School. The school was located on a farm in Franconia owned by the May family, which operated the AB&W bus company.

They obviously liked what they saw for when the community of Rose Hill began construction on the farm, they were among the first crop of buyers. The Butlers moved here in March of 1955. Greg was almost eight years old and his brother Dennis was two and a half.

Pearl passed away after a long illness on July 1, 2009. She had lived on Cottonwood Drive in Rose Hill for 54 years. You’ll find her name on the list of Rose Hill Originals displayed on Rose Hill Drive at the library who were still here during the community’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2004.  Wesley died from cancer in February of 1966. Dennis, who lived with Mom for a spell, passed away in February of 2009.  Gregg and his family live in Hayfield.

The Butlers were active in community affairs and youth activities. Until she became ill, Pearl was a regular at meetings of the Rose Hill Civic Association. She also was active in school activities and saw the opening of Rose Hill Elementary, Mark Twain and Edison as her boys grew up. Greg started school in Virginia Hills, then went to Bush Hill before Rose Hill opened its doors. He went to Twain and then spent one year at Lee before Edison opened. Dennis went to Rose Hill, Twain and Edison. He retired from Giant Food.

Pearl worked for 31 years for the American Red Cross. Her husband was a tool maker and machinist. Working at the Torpedo Plant in Alexandria, the Navy Yard in Washington, Naval Research Laboratory and finally the Coast Guard Station on Telegraph Road.

Greg played and his dad coached in the forerunner of the Pioneer Baseball League that had its beginnings at Virginia Hills School in the mid 1950s. He played for Groveton Esso. Other teams were

Jerry’s Barbers, Bucknell, C&J Delicatessen, Telegraph Pharmacy and Dixie Pig. Greg has worked for Duron Paints the last 11 years. 

The Butler heritage lives on in Rose Hill. Andrew Butler, grandson of Pearl and Harry and Greg’s son,  Andrew’s  wife Mallory and three children, Aiden, 3, Mason 2, and Rhys, 1 live in the house on Cottonwood Drive.

If you would like to remember our neighbor, friend and a real lady, Pearl Butler, please send a contribution in her name to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, Iowa 50340.

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