J. C. Butts

J C Butts, 86, dies in Hillsboro -- In newspaper 1 Feb 1964

Funeral services for pioneer newspaperman, J. C. Butts, 86, were scheduled for 3:30 p m Monday in Hillsboro. The former editor of the Hillsboro Evening Mirror and numerous other papers throughout the state died Sunday morning in a local hospital.

Services were conducted at Marshall and Marshall Chapel with Rev. J. W. Bruner and Rev. Alvin Swindell officiating. Burial was in Ridge Park Cemetery.

Mr. Butts was born in Gainesville, GA in August 1874 and had his first newspaper job before he was 10 years old. He served as carrier boy for the Atlanta Journal in Gainesville before coming to Texas with his mother and father at age 13.

After Settling at Honey Grove, Mr. Butts later moved to Tulia where he was a 16 year old reporter on the Tulia Herald.

Later becoming editor, Mr. Butts remained on the Herald staff until 1894 when he moved to Mesquite as owner of the Texas Mesquiter.

While living in Mesquite Mr. Butts was married to Kate Kimbell on August 4, 1899. They later moved to Waxahachie where Mr. Butts was a member of the Waxahachie Morning Star news staff.

A 10 year stay with the West Times was next in line for the hard working journalist. Leaving West he moved to Itasca where he was editor of the Evening Mirror and Weekly Mirror.

Mr. Butts remained with the paper until going into semi-retirement in 1943. Since then he has served as a correspondent for newspapers in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco.

His last contribution to the MIRROR appeared only two days before his death--a Letter to the editor congratulating the local staff on their recent Chamber of Commerce edition.

As always, Mr. Butts journalistic efforts contained praise of Hillsboro and the people who live here. “Then when we turn the cover page (of the CC edition) we meet face to face men who are giving their energy and their time to make Hillsboro the kind of little city they want it to be”.

An outstanding civic worker himself, Mr. Butts was a former secretary of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Fair Association and helped organize Itasca’s first Boy Scout Troup.

He also served as secretary of the Hillsboro Lions Club and was affiliated with the First Baptist Church where he taught a Sunday School class for many years.

His survivors include his wife, two nephews and a niece.

This obituary is a contribution from a member of the Hill County Genealogical Society, Mr. Bill Henderson, who passed away Feb 2003.