1928 Charles 2020

Charles William Butera

February 11, 1928 — October 9, 2020

Charles W. Butera of Maryville, TN, passed away early in the morning of October 9, 2020. He was 92. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charlie came to Washington DC after WWII and had a successful dual career as a U.S. Customs Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department and as an Army Reservist with the U.S. Army. He retired in 1980 with the rank of full Colonel. Upon retirement, Charlie became involved with disaster relief service, working for the USAID and the American Red Cross. In the wake of natural disasters – hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires – Charlie was there helping to distribute aid and emergency relief for those in need. As his wife Merle once exclaimed, he was “a wonderment unto himself.” When he finally retired from these endeavors, Charles became a staunch supporter and loyal volunteer at the Blount County Library. He is fondly remembered by many friends, family, and members of the Maryville community. He is survived by six children and four grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to the Smith Funeral & Cremation Service in Maryville, or online at www.smithfuneralandcremation.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charles William Butera please visit our Sympathy Store.
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