Obituary – Gloria Steadman Butler

Published 12:54 pm Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Gloria Steadman Butler, 89, died Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. Warren Black officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery

Born on September 16, 1929, in Shelby, Miss., to the late George and Birdie Steadman, she was also preceded in death by her loving sister, Christine. She attended Mississippi State College for Women and the University of Mississippi and was a member of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church of Knoxville.


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Gloria was a talented pianist and enjoyed teaching piano for many years. She started a garden club and a bridge club in Nashville, Tenn., and Knoxville and greatly cherished the friendships formed during those times. Her greatest joy was her family.


She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 70 years, Clinton Varner Butler; a son, Clint Butler (Linda), of Birmingham, Ala.;  a daughter, Carla Butler Martin (Lee), of Knoxville; five grandchildren, Carter Butler, Jill Butler Hightower (Daniel),  Nina Martin Byrd (Blake), Ashleigh Martin Neu (Stephen), and Daniel Martin; and a great grandson, Jacob Hightower.


Memorial contributions in Mrs. Butler’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. For additional information, please call 662.234.7971 or visit