Jakie Lee Butts Sr. ,74, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Sandra C. Butts. He is survived by his sons, Jakie Lee Butts Jr. (Shannon) and Michael Wade Butts (Cindy), granddaughter Hannah, and brother Earl Heath (Mary).
Butts was a retired Marine, serving his country proudly for 20 years. He was awarded a Purple Heart during his two tours in Vietnam. His second career was with Southern Research in Birmingham as head of security. He retired from there after 23 years.
A visitation will be held on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. Graveside service will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo with Pastor Andy Waits officiating.