Phillip Butcher

June 14, 2017

Phillip David “Buckshot” Butcher, Sr., age 71, of Clay County, West Virginia, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was longtime owner and operator of his company, Buckshot’s Wrecker Service in Clay, West Virginia. A public servant, his entire life, he was called upon 24 hours, seven days a week for those in need. He and his late wife, Fonda, graciously accepted their calling to help. A lifelong law enforcer, he also served the town of Clay as a volunteer Chief of Police, volunteer fireman, EMT and wildlife and animal control helper and advocate. He was known for his neighborliness, hospitality, courage and saving lives. He was a member of Pleasantdell Missionary Baptist Church and loved storytelling and sharing of his life experiences.  An outdoorsman, he liked hunting, fishing, boating and four-wheeling. Growing up in Widen, West Virginia, one of ten kids, allowed him to master his mountainous surroundings and harness a lifelong love of wild, wonderful West Virginia. He was born August 21, 1945 on Wilson Ridge, Clay County, West Virginia to the late Loyd E. and Bessie Ruth Phillips Butcher. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Fonda Gail “Fondababy” Frame Butcher; his brothers, Loyd Butcher, Jr., Ronald Butcher; and his sister, Virginia Moore.  He is survived by his children, Mary Catherine Lentz of Charleston, West Virginia, Phillip D. (Cindy) Butcher, II or Richwood, Ohio and Loyd Lee Butcher of Marion, Ohio; five grandchildren, Gregory and Luke Lentz and Phillip David (Shaynna) Butcher, III, Adam Butcher and Christina (Kenyen) Ritchie; his siblings, Bob Butcher, Jean Williams, Judy (Bruce) Cantrell, Janet (Jim) Vietch, Sharon (Kermit) Oxley and his twin sister, Phyllis “Dawn” Sheidler; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and lifelong friends. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at a later date.  Following cremation, his ashes will be scattered among his favorite hunting spot in the mountains. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, Ohio is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a church of choice or St. Jude Children’s Research Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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