Sheriff Earl R.
Butler was born in Robeson County and raised in Cumberland County.
He married Julia S. Butler in 1963, who is now a retired
County School Teacher. They have two children, Karen
Sykes and Earl Butler Jr.
and two grandchildren.
Sheriff Butler graduated from
Massey Hill High School
in 1956. Butler, who was affectionately nicknamed the “Moose” by fellow members of
football team, was selected to the National High School
All-American Football Team in 1955. He
his education at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill in 1960. Butler was
a member of UNC’s
from 1956 through 1960 and was selected to the N.C.
College All-Star team in 1960. Butler went on to play
team in 1960 until an injury sidelined his athletic career.
Sheriff Butler was employed by Associates Discount Corporation
from 1960 until 1963. He was later hired by the
Cumberland County School System in 1964 as a teacher,
guidance counselor, and social worker until 1967. In
1967 Butler was hired with
the State of North Carolina as a probation/parole officer and was
promoted to branch manager in 1975. Sheriff Butler retired from N.C.
Probation and Parole in 1994 when he was elected Sheriff of Cumberland
Sheriff Butler is a
registered Democrat. His civic and social activities include Masons,
N.C. High School Athletic Officials Association, Knights of Pythias,
Board Member of the Myrover- Reese Home, N.C. Probation Officers
Association, N.C. State Employees Association, American Correctional
Association, Region M Council of Government, N.C. Sheriffs’ Association,
National Sheriffs’ Association, and Southern States Correction
Sheriff Butler was appointed to
the Governor’s Crime Commission in 1997. He was elected as Second Vice
President of the
Sheriffs' Association in June 1999. In June 2000, he became the First
Vice President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and in June
2001 became the President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’
Association. Currently, Sheriff Butler serves on the Executive Committee of the
North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
Sheriff Butler is a member of Massey Hill Baptist Church. He has held the offices of
Sunday School Director, Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, and
Adult Department Director.