On Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the great almighty God dispatched an angel to bring home the soul of our dearly beloved husband, son, brother, father and grandfather. Yolonzo Carroll “Wonnie” Butts, 58, was born July 1, 1960, in Berkshire, England, to retired MSGT Percy A. Butts and the late Pastor Evangelist Hattie Butts.
Yolonzo received his education throughout the world. He attended schools in many countries and in the United States. As an adolescent, Yolonzo was a star football player at Bond Wilson High School in Charleston, South Carolina. After his high school years, he was employed at Moore Drum Inc. for 20 years. He then worked for MDV Nash Finch for approximately 15 years, where he retired from in 2007.
Yolonzo loved hard and enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved to crack jokes and have fun. He was everyone’s favorite brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Yolonzo enjoyed cooking on the grill and became the family’s “grill master.” He was always willing to help anyone and believed in showing love.
He leaves to cherish precious memories his wife and best friend, Evangelist Missionary Cathalene D. Butts; daughter, Melissa Davis; stepdaughter, Crystal Green; three granddaughters, Enijah Davis, Michaiah Davis and Heaven Carter; and one great-granddaughter, Renae Davis; father, Percy Butts of Charleston, South Carolina; three brothers, Lorenzo and Gary of Charleston, South Carolina, and Dennis (Janice) of Covington, Georgia; two sisters, Belinda Butts-Hudson of Conway, South Carolina, and Dr. Elsa Butts of Charleston, South Carolina; 11 nieces and nephews, 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; three uncles, Bishop Ted Thomas Sr., Mr. Lawrence Butts and Mr. Spencer Butts; a host of family and friends; and three special mentions, Author (Mo) Jimerson, Hedy (Tookie) Bullock and Zelma (Net) Thomas.
Deacon Yolonzo Butts joined Miracles of Faith COGIC in the late 1990s after a revival where he was slain in the spirit and received salvation and the Holy Ghost. He became an avid Bible scholar who enjoyed Sunday school, YPWW and Bible Study. Deacon Butts was loyal and faithful to his pastor, the late Assistant Supt. James C. Little Sr.; his first lady, District Missionary Judy E. Little; and church family. Over the 20 years of service at Miracles of Faith, he served in the following capacities: adjutant, deacon, president, Sunday school superintendent, Pastor’s Aid member, church and pastor’s anniversary, committee member and a member of the Evangelism Team. He was truly a great asset to his pastor, church and God’s people. Even up until his transition to glory, he would call regularly to check on the new pastor of Miracles of Faith Church, Elder Kelsey Little Sr., to encourage him and impart Godly wisdom. He will be greatly missed.
After his marriage to the love of his life, Evangelist Missionary Cathalene (Baby Cakes) Butts, Deacon Butts became a watch care member of the St. Stephens COGIC under the leadership of Bishop Ted G. Thomas Sr. There he served in many areas; such as, Sunday school, YPWW, Outreach Ministry, and Tuesday prayer as his health allowed. His absence will be apparent to all who knew him. May his work of provoking others to “love and good works” live on.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at
Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, 4456 Bonney Road,
Virginia Beach. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at St. Stephens COGIC, 189 S. Birdneck Road,
Virginia Beach. Interment will follow at noon in St. Rest Cemetery,
1110 Beautiful St., Virginia Beach.
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