Fredrick Melvin Butler

bultler-fred-16Fredrick Melvin Butler (74), of Texas City, Texas, passed away at his home surrounded by family on the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2016. He was born in Apalachicola, Florida on January 14, 1942 to Pearlie and George Washington Butler. Formerly of Santa Fe, Texas, Fred lived in Texas City for the past 20 years. He worked as a Pipefitter at the BP Amoco Oil Company in Texas City until his retirement. Fred was an avid bow hunter and fisherman, and loved traveling with his wife, Barbara, in their RV.  Fred is preceded in death by his mother and father, and his brothers; Ed Butler and Milfred Butler. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Butler and  children; Tammy Butler Kidd and her husband Don of Houston, Fredrick “Rick” Butler of Jacksonville, Florida, and Scott J. Butler and his wife Bonnie of League City,  Stephen Smith and his wife Naomi of Dickinson, Michael E. Smith and his wife Cindy of Bayou Vista, David M. Smith and his wife Chris of Texas City, and Julie R. Phinney and her husband Kendall of Friendswood. Fred is also survived by his sisters; Nancy Coker, Sally Ann Cummings, and Betty Scott, brothers; Ramion Butler and George Butler, 14 grandchildren; Joseph Butler, Andrew Butler, Devon Butler, Haylie Butler, Jenna Kidd, Carson Kidd, Christopher Smith, Courtney Smith, Bryan Smith, Johnathan Smith, Jayme Ann Smith, Ryan Smith, Kelsey Phinney, Kaitlin Wheat, and Connor Phinney, and eight great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a Rosary starting at 7:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home, with Rev. Charles Scott officiating; interment to follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Pallbearers will be Andrew Butler, Joseph Butler, Christopher Smith, Bryan Smith, Johnathan Smith, Ryan Smith, and Connor Phinney.  Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 2030 North Loop West, Ste. 250 Houston, Texas 77018.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Fred. He was a joy to be around. I’ll always remember him fondly and may he rest in peace. Much love, Ritchie and Carol’s daughter, Karen

    Karen Gori Huntoon
  2. I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one. When I went through the loss of my father a scripture that brought me comfort is Isaiah 41:10. There it invites us to turn to God for strength and comfort. He promises to “fortify you” and says “I will really hold on to you with my right hand”. May the God of all comfort be with you at this time. (2 Cor.1: 2-4)

  3. Barbara, so sorry for your loss, may God bless and hold you.

    Judith Holmes
  4. Barbara,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Fred. I know you and he had wonderful adventures, and a loving life together.
    I’ll be praying for you and the family.

    Theresa Phinney

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