Linda Graham Butler

Linda Graham Butler entered eternal rest on Monday, July 10, 2023. She was born Linda Lee Graham on March 18, 1947, to Herman Louis and Gladys “Pauline” Graham at the old Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. Linda spent her early years residing in Downtown Newport News at the Hotel Warwick, where her father was the manager. Her family was active in First Baptist Church downtown, later moving to River Road as a child. She enjoyed bike rides to Hilton Elementary School and playing in the James River with friends. Linda was an exceptional student at Warwick High School, serving in the SCA and Honor Council and founding member of the Keyette Club. She graduated with honors in 1965, then attended Westhampton College at the University of Richmond, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1969.

Shortly after college, she reconnected with a fellow Warwick High School “Farmer,” Harry Thomas Butler. Tom was smitten, and they married just 9 months later, on March 28, 1970. Tom and Linda both enjoyed careers as educators and, in their free time, camping and building houses together. Most who have known them understand they would not let the moss grow under their feet for too long as they lived in various communities along the Virginia Peninsula and briefly in Chesterfield. Tom and Linda eventually returned to Newport News along the James River, returning fond memories of her childhood. She worked in public and private schools as a math teacher, but her ultimate passion was her family, including her two daughters, Ginny and Amy. Although Linda often put her family first, one of her proudest moments was completing her Master of Education in 1997 at Regent University. As proud as she was of her husband and daughters, talking about her grandchildren became her favorite pastime. Although Linda had dealt with various health struggles in her last few years, she still loved to laugh and could easily laugh at herself. She also loved talking to people and, in her retirement, enjoyed many social activities such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Woman’s Missionary Union, and bible study with her friends at Walnut Hills Baptist Church of Williamsburg.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her infant son, Paul Thomas Butler, and brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Butler.

She leaves behind her husband and best friend of 53 years, Tom; her daughters; Virginia Carver (Randy) of Cary, NC, and Amy Jordan (Thomas) of Hampton, VA; and four beloved grandchildren; Andrew, Kaitlyn, Alexis, and Hunter. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Louis Graham (Ann) of Forest, VA, sister-in-law Susan Butler of Colorado Springs, CO, and six nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will occur Monday, July 17, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 1144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23661, followed by an interment at Peninsula Memorial Park.

 In place of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to your chosen charity.


  1. CC

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and peace in God’s promise to swallow up death forever and wipe the tears from all faces. – Isaiah 25:8 Condolences

  2. Sharron Lamkin

    Everything said about Linda is so true. I had the privilege of being in a Bible Study/prayer group with her for almost 20 years. she was a faithful prayer warrior and sweet friend. She loved Jesus and her family more than anything and she knew her Bible well. I’ve missed our sweet in person connection since Covid and their move down to NN, but we all still pray for each other often. Our Wednesday Bible Group is praying for Tom and his beautiful family. We will all miss her here and look forward to our reunion in Heaven.

  3. Patricia Whiteman

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing and inspiring woman. I was very lucky to have her tutor me in math my senior year of high school. I know she will be missed by many. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Carolyn Green

    Dear Tom and family, I’m so sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. God’s loving, comforting presence, be very real to you all during this time.

  5. Bill Turner

    Tom I’m deeply saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I know from experience what it is like to lose a spouse. May God bless you and yours during your time of need. I know your faith will see you through.

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