This Memorial Page Established by -SGT Nicholos Hales
In Honor Of SGT Thomas Jefferson Butler
Thomas Jefferson Butler IV. One of the greatest human beings I have ever known, was killed
in action in Khost, Afghanistan on October 1, 2012. TJ and I, unknowingly, enlisted in the
North Carolina Army National Guard on the same day. Attended basic combat training and
AIT together. We also served in the 514th M.P. Co. for over 3 years together. We were great
friends before making the commitment to serve our country in the National Guard. We
worked together at the Surf City, IGA in Surf City, NC. We also lived together for a period
during college. One of the most impressive things about TJ was that he was never angry,
never held grudges, and never spoke ill of a single human being. He loved sports. He was a
huge Brett Favre fan, even though I told him time and time again that the old man was washed
up. We would play basketball for hours at the beach park on Surf CIty, NC, Empie Park in
Wilmington, NC, and basically wherever we could find a pick up game in the area! The man
loved to bowl, that is for sure. To my knowledge, he actually bowled a 300 score one time,
and has a ring to show for it. As a matter of fact, he probably just bowled a strike in Heaven.
He also loved to play golf. He was pretty much good at any sport he tried to play. In our
younger days, we would stay up late at night along with Jon Jon and other friends, to play
Madden and NBA Live tournaments. He loved his gaming. Loved to play Call of Duty, Madden,
and Gears of War. His wife Holly, one of the kindest, most selfless individuals that I have had
the pleasure to know, and TJ, had the blessing of a baby boy earlier this year. His name is
Thomas Jefferson Butler V. You have some big shoes to feel little man. One day I will tell you
stories about your father. How he was a hard worker, good athlete, courageous, displayed all
the characteristics of a great American, and furthermore was a great human being. TJ, you
were more than just a member of our great military, more than just a great son, great friend,
and more than just an American hero. You were a hero to all of mankind, and the people's
lives that you touched on a daily basis. Your charisma, caring attitude, and calmness were all
blessings bestowed upon this world for 25+ years. I am truly grateful to have had the
opportunity to meet, and become great friends with a human being of your caliber. Once an
Archangel, always an Archangel. Love you brother. Rest in peace.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are
many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I
am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4.
October 17, 2012
SGT. Casey N Heflin
TJ were gonna miss you buddy, I remember playing football with you and how much you
looked so small in those pads, it still cracks me up a little. You were a great man, soldier, son,
husband, and father. You truly blessed everyone that knew you and you will always be
remember, your sacrifice will not go unjustified. Rest easy soldier your mission is done.
October 16, 2012
Today would've been your birthday. Happy Birthday Butler..
04 Oct 2012
Great man. TJ was a true hero to all the people that he met, loved his family and his country.
TJ gave the ultimate sacrifice for his family and friends so we can live free. I am so sorry that
this happened to such a good man peoud father and loving husband. If your family needs
anything at all I will be there for them. RIP TJ Butler IV
T.J. was an extraordinary gentlemen. A kind and happy person. Always positive. Always
smiling. I am honored to have known him from middle and high school. His sacrifice is a
heartbreaking reality of how people lay down their lives for their country. I grieve for his wife,
Holly, and their young child, as well as his family and friends. Freedom is bought with a price,
and as a fellow American I am grateful for his service to our country and his sacrifice. Prayers
go out to his family and friends. God bless you and keep you. This is truly saddening.
TJ I knew you ever since Kindergarten. You were a light and joy to everyone around you. You
always had that twinkle in your eye and that contagious smile. Thank you for your sacrifice to
your country and it was a blessing and a pleasure to know you. I am so glad that God gave
me the opportunity to know you and that he put me in your path. Prayers are going out to the
family. TJ man. I don't even know where to start at. We go way back. From playing football,
and baseball together. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family an your wife and son.
God too a great person from this world and, it's just hurts to know your joy and presents on
this earth will never be seen again. Rip buddy you are truly missed by lots here in hanpstead
|Sgt Thomas Jefferson Butler IV
United States Army
KIA 01 Oct 2012, Afghanistan
|TJ and Nick