Butcher, J. Russell

September 24, 2004

REV. J. RUSSELL BUTCHER, 90, of 16505 Virginia Avenue, Williamsport, MD, passed away, Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at the Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport, MD. Born Friday, February 27, 1914, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was the son of of the late Harvey J. Butcher and the late Sue Russell Butcher. He was a graduate of Lafayette College and Princeton Theological Seminary where he received his master's degree in Biblical Study. He served churches in New Cumberland, WV, Jarrettsville, MD, Hagerstown, MD, and Frederick, MD and numerous interim positions following his retirement, including being chaplain at Fahrney Keedy Home. He was also named Pastor Emeritus at Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown. He was a member of the Optimist and Torch Clubs and also the Masonic Lodge. He was a pioneer in the recognition of Black Christians and women in the clergy. In 1970 he was the first Baltimore Presbytery to name a woman (Cherry W. Marshall) as Asst. Pastor, he was also a former Moderator of the Baltimore Presbytery. He enjoyed drawing and painting and was also a member of the Cumberland Valley Artist Assn. He is survived by three daughters, Janice B. Sedaka of Bethesda, MD, Lois M. Butcher of Alexandria, VA, Rebecca G. Jones of Gambrills, MD; son, James R. Butcher, Jr. of Bel Air, MD; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday, September 24, 2004 at 11 A.M., from the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, with the Rev. Dr. Blair Monie of Dallas, TX (nephew of Rev. Butcher) and Rev. Cherry W. Marshall officiating. Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. N. Hagerstown, MD from 4 to 7, Thursday, September 23. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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