Everett Vearal Butler, 83, Kokomo, passed away of natural causes Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Golden Living Center-Sycamore Village. He was born March 19, 1930, in Pleasant Plains, Ark. He was the youngest of three sons born to John and Essie (Blunt) Butler. On Nov. 23, 1949, in Arkansas, he married Tena R. (Prince) Butler, and she survives.
Everett attended South Central Bible College in Hot Springs, Ark., and was a minister for nearly 60 years. During that time, he pastored several churches, including Greentown Assembly of God, which he built and pioneered in 1960. Everett was also a home builder and a lifetime member and former president of the Howard County Home Builders Association. An accomplished guitar player, he loved both gospel and country music.
Surviving are his wife, Tena R. Butler, Kokomo; two sons, Joel, Las Vegas, Nev., and James, Kokomo, and their wives; two grandchildren, Troy Butler and Jena Butler; and one great-grandchild, Justice Mosier.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Jeff.
Funeral services for Everett will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with Pastor Brad Swain officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Greentown. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.