Mr. Charles William "Bill" Butcher, age 71, of 160 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson, died Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Born December 3, 1942 in Martinsville, Virginia, he was a son of the late Francis Charles Butcher and Erma Lea Butcher.

A quote from Henry David Thoreau describes Bill's life philosophy: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach..." In the course of his life, Bill helped a great many people, but he also hurt some of the very ones he was helping. To those who have been injured, Bill would have wanted you to know of his deep remorse to his last breath.

Mr. Butcher is survived by one niece, Caroline Douglas of Mars Hill, North Carolina and one nephew, Chris Mahla and wife, Kalle, of Seattle, Washington.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Reynolds.

A private memorial service for Mr. Charles William "Bill" Butcher will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thoreau Society, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742. Online condolences may be sent to the Butcher family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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