Sunrise: September 4, 1958
Sunset: February 17, 2022
Missionary Kemuel Kashelle Butler aka Kim was the second of six children along with her twin brother Remuel Rochelle Butler was born to the late James R. Butler, and Sarah L. Sorrells Butler, in Lake Charles, Louisiana on September 4, 1958. Kim’s brother Remuel proceeded her in death; and she entered eternal rest on February 17, 2022.
Kim’s family moved to Dover, Delaware in 1968 where Kim attended public school and graduated from Dover High School where she was known for running track. Kim attended Delaware State University studying nursing and later left college to go work in the Family Business, for over 40 years known as the Kent County Community Agency, Inc., Drop-A-Tot Pre-School, aka The Center; owned and operated by her mother: Mother Sarah L. Sorrells Butler. Kim helped to serve over 200 children in the after-school care program in the surrounding Dover area. While serving in the day care center business, Kim also worked at Kraft’s General Foods for a short period of time.
Kemuel Butler was affectionately known to everyone as Kim, Ms. Kim, Kimmy, and Aunt Kimmy. Kim was saved at an early age and was a long-time member of Bibleway Church Of God In Christ. She consistently participated in many church fundraisers to help support the ministry. After becoming an adult Kim later moved her membership to the Center of Faith Church Of God In Christ; under the leadership of her father, the founder, Pastor James Butler; and upon his death, Kim continued to serve under the leadership of her brother, Pastor Gentry Butler, Sr. Kim served in many church departments not looking for fame or fortune, but humbly served doing whatever her hands found to do to the glory of God. She served in the National, Jurisdiction, District, and the local church. Her most memorable service was doing the International Women’s Convention under the leadership of Mother Willie Mae Rivers, General Mother Emerita and under the current General Mother, Mother Barbara McCoo Lewis at the Red Card and Souvenir Journal Registration Booth and the National Sunshine Band.
Kim was well known for her spirit of compassion and hospitality. She was known for always willing to help others and for loving the kids. Everybody knew that Ms. Kim, was a hard worker and loved everybody, especially the kids. She had a great big heart and raised many godchildren, providing emotional and spiritual guidance along with financial support to enable the kids to graduate high school. Kim was known as the parent’s advocate, going to the schools to assist parents with teachers’ conferences, student suspensions for misbehavior; and to ensure that all children received the same opportunities to succeed.
Kim took the time to mentor many young people at The Center, in her home, at church, or wherever she came in contact with them. Kim was willing to go the extra mile, even when situations appeared to be hopeless, Kim would advocate and the Lord gave “favor”, allowing her to prevail in most situations. As a result of Kim taking up the nursing program, she was able to help save the lives of several young children who had been misdiagnosed by the medical community and assisted parents in finding the right health care plans.
Kim was the auntie that all the kids wanted to stay with and participate in the summer activities. Ms. Kim as the children would call her, took the time to ensure the young people knew about God and his plan of salvation. She took many children to the International Women’s Convention and made sure the children had the opportunity to participate in the Church Of God In Christ National Sunshine Band Choir. She made sure the children had various cultural experiences by taking them to numerous government parks and places. Kim was always willing to sacrifice financially for others. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the community at-large because truly Kim was a servant of no mean reputation.
Kim’s father the late James R. Butler along with her twin brother: Remuel proceeded her in death. Those who are left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Kemmeisha Burris of Camden, Delaware and Sareatha Majors of Dover, Delaware, her mother, Sarah L. Sorrells Butler; four brothers, Gentry Butler (June) of Dover, Delaware and Cedric Butler Sr. of Magnolia, Delaware, Fritzel Butler of Suffolk, Virginia, and Charles Butler (Amanda) of Marietta, Georgia; two sisters, Katherine Majors of Wilmington, Delaware, Mershelle Butler of Hampton, Virginia; and two adopted sisters, Rolanda Britt of Dover, Delaware, Rosalin Brown of New York; and one adopted brother, Thomas Sewell III of Dover, Delaware; and two god-daughters, Angel Harris of Dover, Delaware, and Truly Buggs of Camden, Delaware; four grandchildren, Ranaya Reddick of Camden, Delaware, Kamai Cotton, Khloe Harris Cotton, and Kareem Downs, all of Dover, Delaware; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, god-children and friends; and three special friends for life, Stephanie Boyd, Dene Jackson and Dr. Diana Banks, who were at Kim’s bedside when Kim took her last breath. At the end of the day Kim loved everybody and leaves to mourn too many extended family and friends to name.