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Butts, James George December 29, 1947 - November 3, 2021

James George Butts, 73, of Hackettstown, NJ died on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021.  He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family at Hackettstown Medical Center.

Jim was born on December 29th, 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA.  He was the son of the late James E. and Daisy (Binning) Butts.   For 36 years, Jim taught middle school math at Readington Middle School before his retirement in 2005.  While at Readington, he also coached sports and tutored many students.  Post-retirement he taught and tutored math at Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ.

Jim attended and received his degree at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA. While there, he met his wife Pat in 1968. They later married in Hackettstown, NJ in 1971. They lived in Rosemont, NJ before moving to Hackettstown in 1978. While living in Hackettstown, Jim served on the Hackettstown Board of Education for many years and coached various youth sports. Jim was also a life member of the Hackettstown Fire Department (Vigilant Hook & Ladder Co. #1). He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hackettstown, where he also served as an ordained elder.

Jim had a love of sports, most notably the teams from his hometown of Pittsburgh.  He was famously known for his jokes, puns and humor, bringing laughter to all after earning a PhD in “dad jokes.”  Most importantly, he was a dedicated member of his community and a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

James is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Beatty) Butts, his three children Craig Butts (Darlene Gilmartin), Tara (Butts) Lynch (Tim Lynch), and Shane Butts (Courtney Dickey), his two grandchildren Henry Butts and Arthur Butts and his sister Margaret May Jobe (Roy).  He was predeceased by his parents James and Daisy Butts.

Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown, NJ on Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at 2pm (masks required).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heaven Sent Nursery School at First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown, NJ.


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    Pat and family, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Sending you prayers and hugs.

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear Butts Family
    My Wife Robin & were very saddened to see of Jim’s passing, and though we knew He had been Ill for awhile, we also know, that it still doesn’t make the sting of Jim’s Passing any easier, nor our words of adequate comfort for you all.
    Please know We are praying our FATHER in Heaven through Christ Jesus our LORD will comfort You all.
    Jim, is know Hearing from Jesus Christ HIMSELF “Well Done MY good & Faithful Servant, Enter MY Rest!”
    GOD Bless
    Paul & Robin Wallace

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    Bill Hannigan says

    Pat & kids – Kathy & I are very sad to hear of Jim’s Passing. I remember all the good times we had on the ball field when the kids were small. God Bless you and your family and may Jim have entered the gates of Heaven.

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    Sharon & Pat Housel (Florida) says

    Pat & Family: We are so very sorry to read about Jim and are thinking about you in this time of sorrow.

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    Karin Schardt says

    Pat & family, my heart felt condolences for the loss of your husband Jim. I was very sorry to read about his passing. Your & your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

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    Claire Lambert says

    Pat and family, we are saddened by your loss and know Jim will live on in our hearts and memoriy.
    He will be with us always. We are all the better for having known him. Wish I could be there and hug you tight as words are never enough. Good bless.

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    Jim and Jeanette Newcomb says

    Our hearts to your hearts – thinking of you all with love.
    Our prayers are with you.

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    Joe Easty says

    My mother (Eileen Easty) appreciated Jim’s friendship while serving on the Hackettstown Board of Education. My deepest condolences to the Butts family

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    Sharon Lynch says

    Pat & family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss of Jim. He was a great guy.
    Tom & Sharon Lynch

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    Fanny Magdaleno says

    Pat this is Fanny, Victor and Gabriela Magdaleno’s mom. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family and to Thank you for all you did for my kids. Love you lots.

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