Joshua M Butler, 18, of Lakeland FL, was received into the arms of Jesus on March 9, 2021.

Born May 1, 2002, 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 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. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.

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