PART ONE OF TWO IN THE SERIES
The Living Legacy is a series that honors those who have perservered in spite of tremendous odds.
Two outstanding individuals will be spolighted in this week’s series.
Laura Bell Butler, Community/Civic Leadrship and Rev. James McCray, Religion.
Laura Wilson Butler is a native of Morgan County. She is the daughter of the late Jesse and Viola Flounory Wilson. She is the seventh of nine children. Laura was married to the late Walter Curtis Butler Jr. To this union three children were born; Lavell Lemon, McDonough, Celeste (Jamond Sims), McDonough, Ga., and Walter Curtis III (Quiana) Butler, Madison. Laura is also the proud grandmother of Terry Lemon Jr., Jordan and Caleb Sims, Jaden and Brandon Butler and Christopher and Michael Evans.
Laura is a graduate of Pearl High School in Madison. She continued her education by attending Athens Technical College, where she received her nursing certification. She also attended the University of Georgia, where she received her Early Childhood Development Certification. She received her leadership training from the National Division of the NAACP. She’s certified with the American Red Cross in disaster relief and she received her Management Certification from Young Yu Inc. in Augusta, Georgia.
Laura is a faithful and active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Madison, Georgia, where Rev. Hoke Smith is the pastor. She serves as a member of Calvary’s Deaconess and Nursing Guild.
Laura relentlessly volunteers for the following organizations: American Cancer Society, Morgan County Head Start, Morgan County School System, Family Connections, Department of Family and Children Services and Morgan County Empty Stocking Fund. Laura has been and continues to be a loyal Missionary for Morgan County and the surrounding area. She has served on the Morgan County Habitat for Family Support Board, Madison Order of Eastern Star #165, and a lifetime member of the Pearl/Burney Alumni. She also owned and operated “Ma Butler’s Day Care” in 2006.
Laura has received numerous awards: Mother of the Year at the Morgan County Head Start and Calvary Baptist Church, the President Award for outstanding service as President of Morgan County Branch of the NAACP, The Walter Curtis Butler, Jr. Leadership Award, 2008, NAACP Million Dollar Club for nine consecutive years, second runner-up for Queen of OES #165, 2005 NAACP 100 Club Winner for work done with membership drive, Henry County NAACP 2006 Woman of the Year Award, an award for her loyal and dedicated service to the Morgan County Branch of NAACP, Earl T. Shinhoster Award, Georgia State Conference President Award, Harriet and Harry T. Moore State Conference Award, 1997, Georgia Summit of African American Americans Business Organizations Supporter of the Year, Morgan County Outstanding Citizen, Southeast Conference Regional Director Award, Voter Empowerment Award, The Georgia Informer 2004 Top Fifty (Most Influential Black Men in Georgia), Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from the Secretary of State and the Southeastern Regional NAACP Medgar W. Evers Award in 1999 and 2008.
One of Laura’s most fulfilling contributions is her job as President of the NAACP Morgan County Branch. She was elected President in 1998 and continues to serve in that capacity today. As President, she assisted in training voters in electronic voting, organized Black History Parades, conducted voter registration drives, served on the Georgia State Conference NAACP Executive Committee, attended various marches, rallies and countless meetings to speak up for the concerns of citizens of Morgan County. She’s the Honorary Youth Council Advisor and a lifetime Gold member of the NAACP.
Laura Wilson Butler not only talks the talk but she demonstrates it in her walk. She is a phenomenal woman who is determined to stand up for the rights of others and spread the love of Christ abroad.