Joyce McMinn Butler, age 81, of Decatur, GA passed away Monday, February 4, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Bill H. Butler, Sr, and five brothers and sisters. Joyce is survived by her children: Ann Shelby & husband, Sherman; Betty Bookout & husband, Billy; Byron Butler & wife, Sheila; Terri Rawlett & husband, Sonny; four brothers and sisters; eleven grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Joyce was a registered nurse and retired from the Medical Association of Georgia in 1996. She never met a child that wasn't hers. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 8, 2013 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Pastor Howard McMinn officiating. Interment will follow at Dawn Memorial Park in Decatur, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Joyce, may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association. The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, February 7, at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. I have no words to explain my grief and my somewhat hardened heart. She was/is my best friend. she is the reason for my existence. There will NEVER be another like her. She always knew what to say and what to do in these kind of moments. I keep searching my brain trying to think of all the things she would tell me to do or think or even feel, and i got nothin! memaw i love you, i miss you, and i know this was for the best but selfishly i still want you here. tell gaga we all miss him terribly, and i am so happy you are with him, and jesus now. I love you, and please know that you were always my light in the darkness, and that you have impacted every breathe, every step, and every moment in my life. I will miss you eternally!

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of Joyce. I know she is in heaven with Jesus our Lord! Praise God for that! I remember Joyce as a dedicated mom and one of the sweetest people I had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in Peace Ms. Joyce, and one day we shall meet again.

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