Earnestine Helen Butler

March 6, 1937 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 84)


Earnestine H. Butler, 84, of Bluffton, SC passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, SC. Arrangements are entrusted to Allen Funeral Home of Beaufort. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories on our tribute wall.


Sister Earnestine Helen Butler was born on Rose Hill Plantation to the late Deacon Elliott and Isabell Pinckney on March 6, 1937. She was the baby of nine children. She received her early education in a one-room school house of Beaufort County School District located on highway 278(near Honda Dealership). At an early age she confessed Christ as her Personal Savior and was baptized by Rev. A.O. Mitchell in the May River and joined the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active and dedicated member and served diligently until she became ill. At First Zion she served on the Usher Board, the Senior Choir and the Women’s Ministry. As a Senior Choir member, she blessed the congregation with several of her favorite songs: “It’s Going to Rain”, “I Am A Living Testimony.” What Have You Done For The Lord Today.” And her favorite song: “I Want To Be At The Meeting, When All Saints Go Home.” Her favorite Scripture was: Psalms 34:1-3. She was a “Senior Honoree” at First Zion and in 2019 she was installed as a member of the Mother’s Board.
Sister Butler’s favorite color was blue and she was affectionately called “TEEN” by her many friends and family members. Her hobbies were fishing and crabbing which she loved and shared with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking. She was a cook for several families and restaurants on Hilton Head Island. She also served as a housekeeper at Palmetto Bluff. She spent over fifty years as an Oyster Shucker for several businesses: Baileys Oyster Factory, Lemon Island Factory and she retired from the Bluffton Oyster Factory yet continued to work when needed. Several articles were written about her as an Oyster Shucker and her picture is posted in several businesses in Low country.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to LB Butler in June of 1984, who preceded her in death along with her parents, six children who died very young to include her son Rueben. She also lost a grandson Robert; three sisters: Phoebe, Daisy and Emma; six brothers: Renty, Sr., Joseph, Sr., Jack, Julius, Bruce and Daniel.
On Thursday, December 9, 2021, Sister Earnestine was called from labor to reward at Coastal Carolina Hospital surrounded by her family. A Servant of God, gone home to take her rest.
She leaves four generations to cherish her memory: a daughter, Bertha Taylor, Bluffton, SC; adopted son, Willie James Fields Grandchildren: Nicole, Ronald, Omar, TonTalyn and Rueben. Great-Grand Children: Lewis, Kye’Ahneayh, Diamonte, May’Zaya, Zah’Ryah,  Zayden, Ty, Janelle, Dani, and Keira. Great-Great-Grand’s: Raegan, Kayden, Aubriona, Jah’maciaa and Daniel. Her Uncle, Ed Pinckney of Ridgeland, SC. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends to include special friends: Martha Phoenix, Henrietta Kitty, Theodosia Wright, and Mary Fields. 
Sleep on Sister Earnestine and take your rest. We love you but God loves you best.


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December 17, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
First Zion Missionary Baptist Church
10 Robertson Street
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

Funeral Service
December 18, 2021

11:00 AM
First Zion Missionary Baptist Church
10 Robertson Street
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

December 18, 2021

1:00 PM
Jackville Cemetery, Bluffton, SC

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