Billy Butcher

Billy Butcher, 82, of China passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018, peacefully at home. He was born April 16, 1936 in Dayton, Texas, to parents George Elwood Butcher and Pauline Silhavy Butcher.

Service for Billy will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Interment will be at Linney Cemetery in Dayton. The family will receive friends on Monday evening 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a rosary held at 6:00.

Billy was a lifelong resident of Dayton before moving to Beaumont in 1961. He attended Dayton schools and had worked as a Engine Tech IV for the Texas Highway Department for 32 years. Billy resided in Bevil Oaks for 27 years where he was an active member of the volunteer fire department and city council before moving to China. His passions included refurbishing old Jeeps, tractors and cars, helping neighbors, spending quality time with his family and blazing new trails on the deer lease. He was a member of the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in China.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Henry Butcher; sisters, Evelyn Andress and Brenda Anglin. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nell Butcher of China; his children, Pamela Moses and husband Clint of China, Denise Scott and husband Kevin of China, Mark Anthony Butcher and wife Denise of China; grandchildren, Brandon Butcher and wife Kathleen, Matthew Moses and wife Taylar, Victoria Scott, Danielle Scott, Michael Scott, Jayce Scott, Nicole Moses, Breah Butcher, Brenah Butcher; step-grandchild, Brittany Seymour; great-grandchild, Luke Moses; step-great-grandchild, Adam Seymour; brothers, Gene Butcher and wife Lena, Frank Butcher and wife Gale, Ernest Butcher and wife Darlene; sisters, Georgia Moore and husband Leo, Ernestine Fregia and husband Nathan, and Betty Brown; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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