Lillian Oleaver Butler was born November 1, 1932 to Hugh Williams and Willie Mae Cloudy in Hermandale, MO. She was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, William Cross and Samuel L. Williams; and four sisters, Beatrice Wooten, Clustean Lott, Mable Lee Harvey and Catherine Echols. Lilliam was educated in the public school system in Morley, MO.
Lillian married Henry L. Nolan and to this union seven children were born, of which two children preceded her in death.
Lillian accepted Christ at an early age and attended Galilee Baptist Church until she met Rev. Ira F. Butler and joined Shiloh M.B. Church. This was a turning point in all our lives. There she sand in the choir and was involved in the Baptist Convention. The last few years of Lillian’s life were spent in nursing homes and hospitals due to many health challenges. Regardless of where she was, you could always find her singing songs of praise and sometimes R&B. Singing was an area of freedom and deliverance for her.
Lillian is survived by a sister, Panzie Tyler; two brothers, C.H. Williams of Columbus, OH and James Smith; seven children, Charles Nolan, Sharon (Ronnie Sr.) Rutledge, Calvin L. (Doris) Nolan of California, Margaret L. (Gary) Aubry, Jonathan (Joyce) Henderson, Kim D. (Sam) Neal, Tony (Eloise) Butler; daughter-in-law, Twana Burrows-Henderson; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Special love and esteem for her sister-in-law and close friend Zenobia Taylor; the Butler family, who affectionately called her “Aunt Stuff”; and a host of other relatives and friends.