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Steve Butler



Gaffney, SC — Harley Steve Butler, 66, of 111 Beaver Dam School Road, peacefully went into the arms of his Savior on March 23, 2022, at home.

Born in Spartanburg, SC, he was the husband of Claudia Glenn Vassy Butler and the son of Harley Ware Butler and Lillie Mae Bryant Butler.

After graduating from Gaffney High School in 1973, he received his associate degree from Spartanburg Methodist College, and continued his education at Wofford College. In school he was an outstanding baseball player at GHS, the American Legion and at SMC. After college, he spent most of his work career with Norfolk Southern Railway until his retirement. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney.

Steve enjoyed farming and raising cattle with his dad. Animals of all kinds found a kindred spirit in him. Children also were drawn to him because he was such a gentle giant who loved to tease and tickle them. Every child knew he loved them. His greatest happiness was found in spending time with family and friends. He watched over them as well as his parents, like a mother hen. As Steve always said, “Claudia is the love of my life and my favorite woman.”

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years and his parents, son Paul Butler (Jessica), covenant daughter Ashlee Tate and granddaughter Nevaeh Mack, brother Don Butler (Connie) of Mooresville, NC, brother-in-law Dave Vassy (Becky) and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Tina Littlejohn who he loved like family.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until 11:45 AM on Saturday, March 26, 2022 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Gaffney. The services will be at 12:00 PM with Dr. Tommy Huddleston officiating. The service will also be livestreamed at FBC Gaffney. A private family burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Women’s Ministry, P.O. Box 117, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

The family will be at the residence, 111 Beaver Dam School Road, Gaffney, SC 29341.

An online guest register is available at

Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC

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