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Butts, Georgia Hickox, 1911-2006



Georgia Hickox Butts, 94, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Waycross, left our presence after a brief illness on January 12, 2006 to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her husband, Millard S. Butts, and her eldest grandchild, David Paul Butts.

Born on May 11, 1911 to David and Sina (Thrift) Hickox, she later married Millard S. Butts in 1928. In 1943, she moved to San Francisco, CA, where she was employed in various clerical jobs and later worked as a retail clerk in Sonoma, CA. She returned to Waycross in 1972 after a fire destroyed their home in Sonoma. She was an active member at the Central Baptist Church with her husband until his death in 1987 when she left Waycross to live with her son and his family.

She leaves behind her son, Huey Butts of Clever, MO; two granddaughters, Debra Massack of Middlebury, CT and Erica O’Leary of Martinez, CA; ten great-grandchildren, Christopher, James, Stephen, Stephanie, Eric, Renee, Dennis, and Lisa-Marie Butts, and Aidan and Liam O’Leary; two great-great granddaughters, Crystal and Mikailey Butts; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers W.H. (Harley), R. H. (Riley), Noah, Raymond (Dube), Thomas (Tom), Zachariah (Dock), Martin (Red), Everett (Buck), and Moses (Moe); sisters Rebecca (Crews Leggett), Mary (Lee), Elizabeth (Craven Howell), and Julia Lucinda (Boyd Dowling). Her passing marks a milestone as she was the surviving member of her siblings. She faced and conquered various health challenges during her senior years, including a battle and victory over her fight against breast cancer. Through it all, she looked forward to returning to Waycross each October to attend the annual Hickox Reunion until her health kept her away this past year.

A celebration of her life will be held in the Miles-Odum Chapel on Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memoriam donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.



Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

ADS-1004-12 Georgia Hickox Butts, May 15, 1999

 File — Box 11: Series Series 3, Folder: 12
Collection number: Folder 12
Scope and Contents

Group or Organization Name:

County of Residence: Ware

Occupation: insurance- head of filing dept.


Keywords: Primitive Baptist traditions, Hoboken

Genres (Controlled Vocabulary): personal experience narratives, shape note music, Sacred Harp

Dates: May 15, 1999

DAT-1004.24 Georgia Butts interview, May 15, 1999

 File — Box 11: Series Series 3, Folder: 47
Collection number: Folder 47
Scope and Contents

Fieldworker: Laurie Sommers

Location: Waycross, GA

Genre: Personal narrative

Places: High Bluff, Hoboken, Cascade School

People: Martin Dowling,

Groups: European American

Keywords: music, Sacred Harp, shapenote music, hymnody

Dates: May 15, 1999