Gary Dean "Butch" French
Gary Dean "Butch" French was born October 7, 1944, to Desimond and Marguerite (Cossey) French in Leonard, Ark. He was the younger brother of Jo Carolyn French.
On July 29, 1969, Butch married Judith “Judy” Ann (Carter). The couple were married for 47 years until God called him home on Monday, October 23, 2017, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould, Ark.
On Nov. 10, 1970, the couple added their only child to the family and gave him the name of Kevin Dean French, who then married Angela.
Butch had a love for horses as long as anyone who knew him can remember. He rode and trained horses and when he became a “Papaw” to his only grandchild, Madison Laubach, he passed his love and knowledge of horses onto her. She was a great joy to him when she was barrel racing, playing volleyball or playing softball or just talking to him on the phone.
Butch French was known by almost everyone in Rector and was even chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Rector Labor Day Picnic Parade in 2016. For 36 years Butch could be seen at the Leonard Booth at the annual Labor Day Picnic and he was always ready and willing to serve food and talk awhile if you’d hang around.
At one point, Butch and Judy owned and operated the Texaco Station in Rector. He worked for 26 years at Rector Sportswear in maintenance and six years at ARI welding. He also served four years in the National Guard.
Along with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and sister, Butch is survived by many other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Butch’s life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Irby Funeral Home In Rector. Visitation will be held beginning at 4:30, prior to the celebration, at the funeral home.
Those who wish may sign the condolence book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com