ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joshua Butler. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Connie Flynn on April 3, 2021
Dear Josh,
Tomorrow will be our 1st Easter without you with us.
I know you are free from pain and walking straight and tall, as you marvel at The Lamb of God.
We look forward to the day when we will see you again.
Until then, our beautiful memories of our times spent with you will remain fresh and cherished.
Love forever, Nene
Posted by Thalleia Cabanban on March 31, 2021
I’m so honored to have been able to grow up by your side— endless late night Steak & Shake expeditions with us and my parents, uncomfortable yet fun road trips, swim lessons with the sea turtles in your pool, and Kipper the dog marathons. Even through the years, you and the girls were my church buddies from Abundant Life to Kids for Jesus and One Fire Ministry at Christian World Ministries, FL. The hand of God has always been moving over your life, Josh. I remember the kindness of your heart at a young age when you noticed how much I played your beloved Nintendo DS with the green stickers, you let me keep it (with all the games)!!! Or when I would get mad when you’d get the same exact cheeseburger order as me at McDonald’s, when we were little. You were always the mature mediator when I would be having little fights with friends. So many funny memories, I can’t even keep up! As a teenager, I witnessed your love for the Lord grow deeper, your willingness to do different ministries, and service for the little ones and the homeless. I would be shaken to my core every time I heard you pray, and prophesy over those you encountered, and our wonderful city and nation. The anointing of God flowed through you for all 18 years, and is still on the move. I still remember those encouraging moments of peace we shared during those last bible studies with you on FaceTime. The things I would do for another hug from you..But its like I’m given a hug every time I’m comforted in knowing that you received complete healing, in full. I won’t ever forget you buddy. Your life and your love for the Lord has given me so many songs to write and sing about, and lives are going to be changed. This is just the beginning.
Posted by Faith Brown on March 16, 2021
Josh, I remember fondly running around Nana’s yard, swinging and eating clover, you were my favorite playmate. From you begging to go see the deer to hunting Easter eggs together, we always had a blast! I’m going to miss your smile and laugh the most. You have always made me the proudest big cousin. I love you my Joshie.
Posted by Penny Brown on March 16, 2021
It has been our joy and blessing to be Joshua’s family. From holding you in our arms as a baby, playing with you as a toddler running around Nana’s yard, hunting Easter eggs, swinging and swimming, watching you ride bikes and then skateboard to driving your own truck! You grew into a Godly man that made us so proud. Your Faith and love
of Jesus and your family will be a legacy that will live on, we will cherish you in our hearts forever. Love, Aunt Penny, Uncle Dirk, and Cousin Faith.
Posted by mandy blackwell on March 15, 2021
I don’t know where to start, so I’ll say I love you first. I miss you so much, but each day that has passed, I’ve engulfed myself with the memories that we made as a family. In my head, all I can hear is your voice saying “aunt Manda”. I’ve heard it from the time you were that sweet little toddler prancing around in your t-shirt and diaper (when we could get you to keep them on) . Then when you’d beg for piggy back rides, and right on up to the Saturday before you rose to heaven , when you said it one last time , “aunt Manda can you rub my feet again, but this time with lotion cause mom said my legs are dry .” I would gladly rub your feet again if I could. I would hug you tight, and tell you again how very proud you made us all. You had a heart of Gold and I’m forever thankful for the many many prayers you lifted for Colby to get better. I’m thankful for all the lives you touched , for your never ending faith and courage . You held it to the very end. However, it was only just your beginning. You have entered the ultimate mansion. You are where we all long to be one fine day. I love you so big, you made me the most proud aunt ever ♥️
Posted by Pamela Gibbons on March 15, 2021
I’ve tried writing this each day, but no matter what I write, I can’t find the words. I wish I had the chance to know you better. Life passes by so quickly. I guess we always think there’s time. Because of you, I will make that time. I will remember how precious life is and to cherish each friendship. I remember so clear when you were just our “Baby Josh”. We were so close and although we have never lost touch I feel cheated. I know God has plan for you and one day we will have answers, but until then, know I will I’ve on your family and always be there if they need anything. Love you
Posted by Touring Carol Bauman on March 13, 2021
What an honor to have been friends with you. Your bravery and kindness has been evident to all. You planted so many seeds of love on this earth as you honored your Lord and Savior. Those seeds will keep growing for many many years to come. I pray that every seed that you planted here will be brought into completion in each heart. I imagine you and the Lord walking together now. One day we will meet up with you again. Love you always Josh B Gosh.
Posted by Connie Flynn on March 13, 2021
This young man, whom We rocked on our chest, toted in and out of Abundant Life COG in a baby carrier, then held his hand thru the parking lot... who just had to run upstairs and sit with his Papaw while he ushered... who sang “I Cast All My Cares upon You” with me a thousand times in my van when little...
This young man who insisted he & Papaw wash every vehicle sitting in the yard almost every time he ever came over, who loved shoes - expensive tennis shoes and nice western boots...who kept them as clean as they came out of the box for months and years.. this kid who loved playing drums, playing basketball, watching football (especially the FL gators), who loved his mom’s meatloaf and any dessert on earth... this boy who never missed church because he loved it.. who participated with his whole heart in youth ministry, who drug every neighborhood kid and school friend he could to church from the time he was old enough to invite them.. this boy who always brought a backpack with an extra set of clothes and a “dry” pair of spit-shined tennis shoes to Neenie & Papaws when he came “just in case he needed them.. this boy who loved riding on the Walmart truck with his Papaw and who saw it as his “job” from the time he was first able to ride at 6yrs old.. our grandson who loved “destruction” ( His Word for it instead of “construction” ) equipment from a young age....our boy, turned young man who had been trying for several years to get his facial hair to grow.. who wanted to be a youth pastor and a realtor, who was making plans to upgrade the pickup we had given him right up to the text he sent his Papaw 2 days before he went to see Jesus about ordering fog lights for it.. our sweet, caring, kind, considerate, corn-hole playing, sweets and bread eating, hamburger-loving, sports watching, Christian music loving, sister-aggravating, administrator from birth.. was one of the most beautiful gifts God has ever given Paul & I.
Joshua genuinely loved. He prayed for everyone. With faith.
He was a dog lover, a friend to all, a help to anyone he could help whether it was putting my power chair on and off my car, raking the yard for friends, feeding the homeless with One Fire, who he loved with a passion, or befriending the least noticed person. He wanted his family to love each other and always be together. He would have to go to the bathroom 3 times if that’s what it took, to buy a few more minutes at our house. He loved video games, Tim Hawkins funny videos, and his Duck Dynasty, which got him thru many hard, pain-filled hours there thru the last days.
Joshua didn’t ever want to be the source of anyone’s pain so going thru the awfulness of cancer and knowing those who loved him was having to watch the scary and heartbreaking changes it was bringing to his physical body, his ability to live normally, and then seeing him not able to do anything for himself, was his worst pain.
Joshua NEVER lost faith that God was going to heal him.
And although it certainly wasn’t the healing we had begged Him to give our sweet Josh, God chose to promote him even before his elders.
Joshua is sitting at the feet of The Creator of the Universe, the Savior of the World, our soon-coming King. He is getting to know the grandfather he never got to know very well on Earth, the great granny (grandma) who fed him chocolate every time he saw her, and I’m sure our little Tina was clapping her heart out when he came thru those Gates.
Josh- there was only one you.
You loved all of your family with a passion to be envied; one we should all aspire to in your memory.
You will never leave us but will be indelibly with us until Eternity. Because we know that even tho the rest of our days here will be without your physical presence, that in your heart you always wanted to be nowhere except where your family was.
Hold the gates open, sweet boy... your family will be coming thru them one fine day and we will laugh with your quiet chuckle once again.
Love you and miss you more than you will ever know.
Nene (his spelling of it) and Papaw
Posted by Debbie Starks on March 12, 2021
I will always remember Joshua as the sweet little bundle of joy that I held in my arms and rocked! He always had a beautiful smile for me! I am so proud of the great young man of God he became!!  Joshua you are always going to be in my heart!! Until we see each other again rest in Gods arms and love!!!!
Posted by michael loyed on March 12, 2021
Josh was the youngest of 2 nephews, he was my lil (tall》 buddy. Josh loved Jesus,loved to just sit and talk. He was my best cornhole buddy. Josh loved helping, everyone he could. Aunt Jessica & I love & miss him
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Posted by Marcia Butler on March 12, 2021
Joshua M Butler 18 years old of Lakeland Fl, born May 1,2002 received into the arms of Jesus March 9, 2021. Joshua was a graduate of Victory Christian Academy. He played on the Jv and Varsity basketball team, ran Cross Country, a boy scout, a student of Covenant University and member of The Covenant Center serving as assistant sound tech. Joshua worked at Goal Seekers at Highland Park Church as a youth counselor with the goal to attend Southeastern University to become a youth pastor. He was also involved in ministry with One Fire Youth feeding the homeless and local nursing home ministries. Joshua’s lived out his favorite verse Philippians 4:13 especially during his battle with cancer. He ran to the Father and encouraged others to do the same. Joshua was strong, courageous, and committed through the end encouraging others to join with him. He had a contagious smile and warm heart and always made sure no one felt left behind. Proceeded in death by Ralph Repard his Grandfather. Survived by his parents Mark and Marcia Butler. His sisters Julianne and Sarah Butler. Grandmother Gloria Repard. Grandpa Paul Flynn and Grandmother Connie Flynn as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Posted by Connie Flynn on April 3, 2021
Dear Josh,
Tomorrow will be our 1st Easter without you with us.
I know you are free from pain and walking straight and tall, as you marvel at The Lamb of God.
We look forward to the day when we will see you again.
Until then, our beautiful memories of our times spent with you will remain fresh and cherished.
Love forever, Nene
Posted by Thalleia Cabanban on March 31, 2021
I’m so honored to have been able to grow up by your side— endless late night Steak & Shake expeditions with us and my parents, uncomfortable yet fun road trips, swim lessons with the sea turtles in your pool, and Kipper the dog marathons. Even through the years, you and the girls were my church buddies from Abundant Life to Kids for Jesus and One Fire Ministry at Christian World Ministries, FL. The hand of God has always been moving over your life, Josh. I remember the kindness of your heart at a young age when you noticed how much I played your beloved Nintendo DS with the green stickers, you let me keep it (with all the games)!!! Or when I would get mad when you’d get the same exact cheeseburger order as me at McDonald’s, when we were little. You were always the mature mediator when I would be having little fights with friends. So many funny memories, I can’t even keep up! As a teenager, I witnessed your love for the Lord grow deeper, your willingness to do different ministries, and service for the little ones and the homeless. I would be shaken to my core every time I heard you pray, and prophesy over those you encountered, and our wonderful city and nation. The anointing of God flowed through you for all 18 years, and is still on the move. I still remember those encouraging moments of peace we shared during those last bible studies with you on FaceTime. The things I would do for another hug from you..But its like I’m given a hug every time I’m comforted in knowing that you received complete healing, in full. I won’t ever forget you buddy. Your life and your love for the Lord has given me so many songs to write and sing about, and lives are going to be changed. This is just the beginning.
Posted by Faith Brown on March 16, 2021
Josh, I remember fondly running around Nana’s yard, swinging and eating clover, you were my favorite playmate. From you begging to go see the deer to hunting Easter eggs together, we always had a blast! I’m going to miss your smile and laugh the most. You have always made me the proudest big cousin. I love you my Joshie.
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My little big brother

Shared by Bob Hartner on March 12, 2021
My little big brother Josh! When I first met Josh he was about 12 years young! ( I think even then he was taller than me! ) I used to make Josh laugh every time I stood on a chair so I could look him in the eyes! Even back then he was a very GODLY, very nice & considerate young man! We became instant friends & that was a testament to Josh's spirit, his GODLY character,  his infectuous smile & the absolutely wonderful young man that he was & that his family brought him up to be! I was always happy to see Josh & he was always happy to see me & we always had a hug, a smile & a joke for each other ( mainly about college football  ) being that Josh was a Gator & I'm a Seminole! We used to go back & forth ( as brother's often do ) in a very loving & laughing way about that! I was always so impressed with Josh's character about always going to OUR ETERNAL FATHER in prayer,  with questions he had, praying about everything ( before ) he stepped out on his own! Josh always had faith & GOD answered his prayers because GOD knew HIS child ( Josh's  ) heart! No matter what it was, Josh went to THE FATHER in prayer & I was always & I do mean always so very impressed with my brother for doing that! Not many people ( unfortunately  ) do that at all nowadays, especially at his age! He was very mature for his age, but he was also a little boy at heart! He loved to laugh & smile & joke around & when I was around Josh, it was just IMPOSSIBLE to be ANYTHING but joyous & happy! He had that kind of GODLY aura if you will! He loved & cared for people so very much! He ALWAYS wanted to lend a helping hand, offering his services to other's & to me, NEVER EXPECTING ANYTHING in return! Josh NEVER had ANY ulterior motives for doing anything & that is EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE! He always asked if I needed anything & he was always willing to either,  get it,  do it or offer it to me, even if it meant he'd do without! That's the kind of ( MAN & FRIEND ) my LITTLE BIG BROTHER Josh was! Josh meant so much to ALL of us & I know especially to his wonderful family! We ALL loved Josh very much & we ALWAYS WILL! If everybody, including myself,  had the character that Josh had all the time & went to THE FATHER in prayer like Josh did, this world would be such a much more loving, helpful & wonderful place! There's sooooooo much more to JOSH than words can say & this is just a miniscule part of how Josh was! It would take an entire thesaurus to describe my love, admiration,  adoration & feelings for my little big brother Josh, but I want everyone who reads this to know, that, my life was so much better & so much more enriched,  because Josh was my brother, than IT EVER WOULD HAVE BEEN without him! Josh & his GODLY & wonderful family were there for me when my wife passed away 6 years ago & for the longest time, Josh always asked me if I was ok or if I needed anything! I could talk to Josh about anything in this world & he'd always have something loving & comforting & uplifting to say, as well as that infectuous smile that seem to make everything all better! Joshua, ( my little big brother  ) I have always loved you & I always will! You were NOT ONLY my brother but my special friend as well! I will miss you until the day we meet in THE NEW JERUSALEM! I LOVE YOU MY LITTLE BIG BROTHER AND FRIEND!!! ❤❤❤

Josh - My Best Friend

Shared by Jireh horrach on March 12, 2021
Josh was my best friend, my other brother, He was there with me good times, and bad times. He understood me, he watched Fearless, he constantly supported my ministry, aswell as my life goals. My last text with him was on Feb.3, where I sent him a video from high school, to which he replied,"LOL." My other recent conversations with him was about me returning to Victory to work, and he was so happy! I still have those comments on that picture I posted of my return to Victory. He also had texted me about going to eat soon. We didn't get to do that, but atleast I saw him in his house not so long ago. He loved my prayervideos I would do for him on facebook, and sent me the most heartwarming message about it. When I told him about my Dad passing away, he didn't hesitate to say how much he cared. I thank Josh for being a true friend! Thanks to the butler family for seeing me as another daughter, loving my family, and raising a true young man of God. We will be reunited again, soon. Josh is forever missed, and we will see eachother in the paradise of Heaven.