Butch Adams, 74, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 13th, 2023. Forever grateful for a joy filled life, he was most proud of the life and legacy he had built with his family and friends.
Butch was always the best of both worlds. He struck a perfect balance of hard and soft and all those that knew him loved him for it. Never one to beat around the bush, he was a straight shooter and didn’t shy away from an honest take. Whether this was cultural commentary or the life advice he bestowed upon his family and friends, he was always appreciated and respected for his candor because his heart was larger than life.
At his core, Butch always rooted for his people and wanted everyone to do well and succeed. He always sought to learn more about others and was the first one to always ask about you, genuinely caring about gaining a greater understanding of your life and what was going on because it mattered to him. He was an authentic person who celebrated a colorful life. He was a bit of a wild man in his early days, and while that rough and tough exterior never left him, his life was forever changed and his heart softened by marrying the love of his life, Christy, and welcoming their two children, Kyle and Casey into the world. A steadfast provider and supporter, he put family first. He was always grateful for the time spent with family, making a conscious effort to enjoy those moments and be present. He basked in seeing his kids succeed and make their mark in the world, cheering them on in sports, school and their careers. He relished all the family vacations and reunions together, appreciating all the big and small moments and the close relationships he built with his kids that lasted a lifetime. This was sincerely felt when he became a grandfather to his two grandsons, Caden and Gage. Known as Poppy, he treasured his time spent with them and proudly and eagerly welcomed this new stage of life and to see the world through his grandchildrens’ eyes. This was all made possible and anchored by his loving marriage to Christy. Recently celebrating 40 years together, they were proud parents but above all, a proud and loving couple. He was blessed to have her and never took for granted the woman she was to him and their family.
Butch will always be remembered for being a bit of a tough teddy bear. He matched his unwavering honesty and at times, intimidating personality, with a sentimentality and emotion that won’t be forgotten. He taught life lessons with I Love Yous and never shied away from showing a tender side. He had a playful sarcasm that always drew a laugh and always valued the importance of being warm hearted which you could see shine through in his love for his grandkids and animals. He loved his friends, golf, Virginia Tech (for the most part, when they were having successful seasons), and above all else, his family. He left a huge hole in the family as he passed, but we’re all grateful that they will be filled up with such warm and wonderful memories.
Services for Butch will be private.