"Sports Hall of Fame"


Edward Butler, a 1949 graduate of Terrell High School in Denison, was named to the Denison Alumni Associationís "Sports Hall of Fame" in 2003 during halftime activities of the Denison vs. Sherman Football Game.

His outstanding record also was recognized at a reception at the Gallery Coffee House prior to kickoff of the game in Munson Stadium.

Butler, who lives in Palo Alto, Calif., was unable to travel back to Denison to participate in the festivities because of illness. His cousin, Jacquett (Jack) Butler of Denison accepted the award in his honor.

Edward Butler was a quarterback in 1947 at Terrell High when the team played the Taylor Tigers for the state championship. The two teams tied 7-7, making them co-champions.

The following year, 1948, the team went all the way to the top level once again, this time winning the state championship by defeating the Wallace High School Dragons of Orange 13-0. This was a clear title to the Class 1-A Negro State Championship many years before integration of public schools.

Not only did the Terrell High Dragons win the state championship, but also Butler was picked by the Prairie View Interscholastic League in 1948 on the first string all-state team as quarterback.

He was playing under a popular young coach, E.T. Hardeman, who also was picked by PVIL as Texas Coach of the Year.

That same year the Terrell Dragonsí Basketball Team appeared for the first time in the state tournament. The team was defeated in the state semi-finals by Wharton, 45 to 29, and Butler was once again picked on a first string all-state team. This time the sport was basketball. Butler was a forward on that state team.

Butlerís football career ended at Terrell as he joined the U.S. Navy in 1949 after graduation. He took basic training in San Diego and served during the Korean War. When he was discharged in 1953 with the rank of Radar Man Third Class, he attended Merritt Junior College for one year in Oakland, CA.

The son of the late Edward III and Louise Butler, he was one of 11 children and was reared on the family farm at 324 East Heron. The farm had been in the family since the early 1900s

He and his wife, Lee, were married for 44 years before her death in 2000. They have three sons, Edward, Theron and Robert, and two daughters, Nancy and Sylvia. Edward now is a patient at the Palo Alto, CA Veterans Administration Hospital. Ė Donna Hunt


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