Rev. John Ruben Butler, Sr.

August 24, 1960 - September 1, 2021
Rev. John Ruben Butler, Sr.


Rev. John Ruben Butler, Sr., age 61 of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

John was born in Wilmington on August 24, 1960. His parents were William Rubin Butler and Esther Jean Coley.

John, a former United States Marine, was currently serving his community as the Senior Pastor of Federal Point Pentecostal Church on Piner Road in Wilmington. He had a strong testimony and witness for the Gospel of Christ, and enjoyed ministering to his church family through music and the preaching of God’s Word. He was a member of the Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship in Wilmington and would minister through music at their meetings. John also served as Vice President on the board of MIC Youth Camp. He was a bi-vocational pastor who also worked as a professional pest exterminator working with Bug in a Rug Exterminators

He was preceded in death by wife, Bonnie; son, Danny Strickland, Jr.; mother, Esther Hinnant; father, Rubin Butler; grand-daughter, Charity Jonae Butler; brother, Mark Butler; and nephew, William Graham Butler, Jr.

He is survived by his son, John Ruben Butler, Jr. and wife Sherry; daughters Jayme Butler, Catina Wanner, Cissy Adams; son Michael Strickland; brother, William Graham and wife Geraldine Butler; grand-children, nieces and nephews, and so many more.

Services will be held at Federal Point Pentecostal Church, 629 Piner Road in Wilmington, NC at 2 pm Saturday, October 9, 2021.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to Merging in Christ Youth Camp.


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  • September 01, 2021
    Gayle Roy says:
    My prayers and condolences to the family. May Ed rest in the arms of his mother. God bless him.

  • September 02, 2021
    Tonya Johnson says:
    To The Butler Family, Sending my love and condolences. May God keep you all and send His comforting Angels to protect you and give you strength during this time. He will all so be truly missed, but his legacy shall live on within our hearts. Love, Tonya Johnson, Khaza, and Family

  • September 02, 2021
    Manuel and Luzaura Najar says:
    Pastor John, Manuel and I, we will truly miss you. You were our friend, pastor, mentor, and treated us like your own kids. Thank you for everything!

  • September 02, 2021
    Cassandra vosper lit a candle:
    Lit since September 2, 2021 at 9:19:37 PM

  • September 03, 2021
    Roland & Princess Clark says:
    So very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful Christian and Pastor. We will be praying for ALL the family, church family and friends during this difficult time!