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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Robert Buttram

Robert H "Hal" Buttram

Tuesday, February 13th, 1945 - Saturday, January 26th, 2019
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Robert H. (Hal) Buttram died on Saturday, January 26, at the age of 73. He was born and raised in Athens, son of the late Frank and Edith Buttram.

Buttram was a graduate of Tennessee Military Institute and Tennessee Wesleyan University. He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy from 1967 - 1978 achieving a rank of Lieutenant Commander. Buttram was a partner in Hammer Johnson Supply Co. from 1972 - 2000 and Regional Vice President of Sales for Buzzi-Unicem USA from 2000 - 2015.

He was a lifelong member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church and was serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the time of his passing.

Buttram served his community in many capacities. He was a member of the Athens CIty Council for 8 years, serving as Mayor for 4 of those years. He was selected as Mayor of the Year for the state of Tennessee in 2014. He was active in the Athens Kiwanis Club (past President), United Way of McMinn &Meigs County, Athens Chamber of Commerce (past President), E.G. Fisher Library Board (past Chair). Buttram was awarded Young Man of the Year in 1978, and Man of the Year in 1992.
Buttram was an Eagle Scout from Local Troop 118 and continues to be involved with the Unaka District of the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan Blackburn Buttram, three children, Greg Buttram (Margaret) of Centerville, Ohio; Ashley Barksdale (Allen) of Raleigh, NC; Ellen Brett (Jim) of Tucson, AZ and 5 grandchildren, Katie and Mack Buttram, Emily and Caroline Barksdale and Jax Brett. Also surviving are his brother Alex Buttram (Janet) of Chattanooga and brother-in-law Clifford Blackburn (Nancy) of Athens.

Hal Buttram loved life. With his kind and joyful spirit, he could be counted on for a warm smile, a word of encouragement and a good laugh. He was devoted to his family and friends and gave selflessly to his community and his church. In tough times, Hal could be heard saying “I need 3 things to get through this: family, friends, and faith. . . and I have all three.” Truer words were never spoken.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 30 from 12:00 -3:00 at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life will follow at 3:00. Interment will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Athens, TN 37371-0001; Tennessee Wesleyan University,204 E. College Street, Athens, TN 37303; or the charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
    Madison Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 3:00pm
    Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
    Madison Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Cedar Grove Cemetery
    Hill Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    Private for family.


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Tim Lyons

Posted at 08:00pm
I was devastated to hear of Hal's passing. He was a great neighbor and had asked by parents about him several times when I got back to Athens. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with his family knowing Hal will live on for eternity in your hearts.

Jere & Linda Miller

Posted at 05:30pm
Dear Susan and Family,

Hal was our friend. My children especially enjoyed him in Sunday School, and as we fellowshipped together. They enjoyed Hal's friendship and admired him as a Christian, a leader, and role model.
When my children looked at Hal, they saw a super hero! We thank God for Hal.

We are praying for you Susan and your family. God loves us and promises us a grand reunion through our Lord Jesus. What a great day that will be! My family sends our love to you and your family.


Jere & Linda Miller

Eric and Dana Newberry

Posted at 02:44pm
Hal was a gentleman in every sense of the word. We are sorry for your loss, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Johnny and Becky McGrew

Posted at 01:50pm
Our prayers are with you.

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