Mr. Shernone Ranen Butts

April 2020, Obituaries

Mr. Shernone Ranen Butts

Mr. Shernone Ranen Butts of 927 Ivey Street, Americus, Georgia died Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Columbus Hospice in Columbus, Georgia.

The graveside service will be Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:00 Noon at Staley Memorial Gardens in Americus, Georgia.

Due to CDC, local city and county restrictions, the service will be live streamed on the Allen Chapel AME Church, Americus, Georgia Facebook page. To view the service, you must go to Allen Chapel’s page and “Like” it. You will receive a Facebook notification when the streaming begins.

An energetic and loving spirit was welcomed to this world on March 18, 1981 when Shernone Ranen Butts was born. He was born to Sherwood and Alvetta Butts in Detroit, Michigan.

At an early age he joined and was baptized at Allen Chapel AME Church. He served as a member of the Young People Department and the Men’s Choir. He was also the Praise Dance Director. It was at Allen Chapel where he developed his love for the Lord and his spiritual upbringing. He further learned about the Lord’s forgiveness for all.

Shernone graduated from Americus High School in 1999. He attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia.

His love for children guided his career as an Assistant Teacher in the Sumter County School System for over 10 years. His most recent position was with the Atlanta Public Schools.

Because of his love for dancing, “Mr. Butts,” as he was called by his students, created the boys mime dance group, “Men of Destiny.” This group allowed young men to express themselves while ministering to others. He often reminded the group that they were not performing but ministering.

He was also the founder of the “Prancing Pearls.” This group allowed young ladies to express themselves and build their confidence. They competed and won trophies in all areas of competition. He would say that they were “the baddest of the baddest!”

He taught dance for AmeriGospel, Inc. for many years and at one point had served on the Executive Staff. He had also served as the Concert Coordinator and Dance Coordinator. Shernone was always willing and available to teach that which was near and dear to his heart.

On Monday March 23, 2020, Shernone heard the voice of Jesus and answered the call to come and receive his eternal healing. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Andrew and T. Liller Pless, who raised him like a son. His grandparents, Aaron and Ida Belle Slappey, also precede him in death.

Left to cherish “Mr. Butts” precious memories are his mother, Alvetta P. Butts of Americus, Georgia; his father, Sherwood (Barbara) Butts, Sr. of Detroit, Michigan; his sisters, Demetria (Sammie) Bridges of Americus, Georgia and Temeshia (P-Jay) Edden of College Park, Georgia; his step sister, Talisha Moore of Detroit, Michigan; his brothers, Sherwood (Mary) Butts, Jr. of Americus, Georgia and De’Angelo Butts of Detroit, Michigan; an uncle whom he regarded as a brother, Kelvin (Deborah) Pless of Americus, Georgia; his nieces and nephews, whom he loved like his children, Morgan Butts of Americus, Georgia, Vernon Edden, III of College Park, Georgia, Sherwood Butts, III and Demetric Bridges both of Americus, Georgia and Lauren Edden of College Park, Georgia; his cousins whom he regarded as his sisters, Tiffany and Kevia Pless both of Americus, Georgia; his uncles, Andrew (Geneva) Pless, Jr. of Decatur, Georgia, Frank Richardson of New York, Terryle Butts of Atlanta, Georgia, Bradford (Beatrice) Butts of Maryland, and Abraham Butts of Atlanta, Georgia; his aunts, Annie Laura (Jimmy) Pless-Munns of Tampa, Florida, Lucy Mae Mills and Horrie (Ernest) Johnson both of New York, Nancy Nolan of North Carolina, Cora Butts and LaRayne Slappey both of Atlanta, Georgia; numerous cousins, who loved him dearly; several friends too numerous to name who loved him dearly. He will be remembered as a father, mentor, and friend to everyone he met which includes his Sumter County School and Atlanta Public School families.