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Heard Wylie Butler

OXFORD — Ms. Heard Wylie Butler, 80, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Brookdale in Oxford, MS.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with Rev. Warren Black and Rev. Eddie Rester officiating.  Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 3:30 at the church.  Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Born in Memphis, TN to the late Hiram William and Heard Lawrence Wylie, Ms. Butler was a longtime member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church where she was an active member of the choir and taught Sunday school.  In addition, she was involved in the Wesley Foundation. After raising her family, her love of learning led her to earn her Masters in History and English from Ole Miss.  She especially enjoyed the historical aspects of early Christianity and taught Greek and Latin for several years at the University of Mississippi and then Latin at Oxford-University School.  In addition to spending time with her family, Ms. Butler enjoyed traveling and studying abroad.

Survivors include her daughter, Heard Butler Critchlow and her husband, David of Union City, TN; two sons, Robert A. Butler, III and his wife, Laura of Haslet, TX and William Butler and his wife, Icela of Huntsville, AL; her former husband, Robert Butler, Jr.; a sister, D.B. King of Oxford; eleven grandchildren, Mary Lawrence and Millie Critchlow, Robbie, Oksana, Natasha, Carolyn, Vova, Vitali, Lera, Rachel Lynn and David Wylie Butler and four great-grandchildren, Kylie, Shiloh, Abigail and Nikolai.

Memorial contributions in Ms. Butler’s memory may be made to her church, OUUMC, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.

For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.