Meet Judge Ed Butler


Judge Ed Butler is a native of Memphis , TN. He attended high school with Elvis Presley and even played in a dance band with Elvis. He was a drummer in the high school band and the college band at Ole Miss, where he graduated in 1958 with a BA in Political Science and minors in English and Sociology. While at Ole Miss, he was on a music scholarship and was a Regional Scholar. The Mississippi Governor presented him with a medal as the outstanding cadet from the Army, Navy and Air Force R.O.T.C. units in 1957. He served as the Drill Master of both the AFROTC and the Inter-service Drill Teams. At Ole Miss he was inducted into the Phi Alpha Delta , scholastic leadership fraternity.

He was a member of the Eta chapter of Sigma Chi social fraternity at Ole Miss. While living in Memphis he served as an officer in the Mid South Alumni Association, and as House Advisor to the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at the University of Memphis . Since 1998, he has been an active member of the San Antonio , TX Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter, where he has served as a “Life Loyal Sig Recruiter. The Sigma Chi international fraternity in 2003 selected him as one of six “ Significant Sigs” . In 2008 he received the “Semi-Century Sig Award”.

Ed joined the Air Force Reserve during the summer of 1954, following the 11 th grade. He was discharged as a Staff SGT. in 1962. The duty he enjoyed the most in the Air Force was serving as Range Master of the indoor firing range, where he taught range safety and marksmanship. He was awarded the Air Force Reserve Commendation Medal and the Air Force Small Arms Marksmanship Medal.

He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1963. He served continuously in the Navy reserve for 27 years as a Naval Intelligence officer. His favorite duties were as a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer and as the Sr. Air Intelligence Officer for a Naval Air Patrol (P-3C) Squadron 67, which took him to Hawaii and Okinawa , Japan . He served on several Navy Unit Pistol Teams, and received three winning team trophies, as well as the US Navy Expert Pistol and Expert Rifle Shot Medals. His other military awards include the Naval Academy Commandant's Award; Naval Academy Superintendent's Award; Navy Commendation Medal (2); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3), and the Cold War Medal. He retired in 1990 as a Commander (0-5), with 35 years of military service.

Judge Butler attended Vanderbilt Univ. School of Law as a Ford Foundation Scholar . He graduated with honors in 1961. While at Vandy, he was editor of the law school newspaper, and served as Vice President of the student body. He practiced law in Memphis , TN from 1961 through 1991. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1972, and has been a member of the Texas bar for 37 years. Before going on the bench he was Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by both Texas and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and was an annual member of the State Bar College of Texas.

Judge Butler first wore his judicial robes in Memphis as a Juvenile Court Judge. In Tennessee he served as a municipal, county and state judge. He decided both criminal and civil law cases, the latter including, family law, probate; medical malpractice, and general civil litigation. He served as Chief Judge of the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Review Board.

He was an active member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Memphis and served in many leadership positions including president of his civic club, the Memphis Trial Lawyers Assn., the Navy Reserve Assn, Reserve Office Assn, The Tennessee Club,.and the Military Order of Foreign Wars.

In addition to two years of College Spanish, and numerous Spanish For Travel Continuing Educations courses, Judge Butler also studied in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and Guadalajara , Mexico . He has traveled extensively in Mexico , Spain and Latin America , and at one time was fairly fluent in Spanish.

While living in Memphis he was admitted to membership in Menza , an organization of those scoring in the top 2% of measured I. Q. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of Intertel , a group of those in the top 1% of measured intelligence.

While living on South Padre Island, TX he was appointed Presiding Municipal Court Judge. Frequently, he conducted court in Spanish. He served as the President of the South Padre Island Merchants Assn; the Port Isabel-South Padre Is. Chamber of Commerce, and the Laguna Madre Area Republican Club. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brownsville , TX Chamber of Commerce and the Mr. Amigo Association. He has enjoyed his participation in the Rotary Club in Brownsville , Dallas and Boerne , TX . In 1991 he received an appointment to the federal bench in Dallas .

Ed joined the SAR in 1986 and became a Perpetual Life Member ten years later. He served as the Genealogical Editor of The Texas Compatriot for two years and at the state convention in March 2000 was elected Texas Society Genealogist. He has six proven patriot ancestors.

As SAR Ambassador to Mexico he was successful in organizing a state society there. He served as the charter president and still serves as its Chancellor. He was elected Vice President General of the International District in 2001 and served two years in that post. Additionally, he served two terms as Genealogist General, one term each as Chancellor General, Treasurer General, and Secretary General. In March 2009, he was nominated as NSSAR President General, to be elected at the July, 2009 Congress in Atlanta , GA.

Judge Butler has written two law books; a U.S. State Dept. Guide to Australia and an award winning book on the Butler family; two other family history books and has published three books on travel. He has had dozens of professional articles published in legal and medical journals. Many of his travel articles have been published in newspapers and magazines. He is currently researching on his next family history book.

He is a frequent after dinner speaker. Other groups which hold his interest are as follows:


Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knight Templars).

Former Prior – St Matthew Priory ( Texas )

Current Deputy Grand Prior, Region V


Washington 's Army at Valley Forge

Former Commander – Austin/San Antonio

Former Judge Advocate General

Current Vice Commander – Texas


Sons of the Revolution

Former Texas Society President


General Society of the War of 1812

Former Texas State President

Former Vice President General for Texas

Currently serving as Ass't Judge Advocate General


General Society of the Colonial Wars

Former Texas State Society Governor


Military Order of the Stars and Bars

Former Deputy Judge Advocate General

Former Chapter President


Sons of Confederate Veterans

Former Camp Commander

Former Division Parliamentarian

Former Division Award Chairman


Judge Butler and his lovely wife, Robin spent 14 months traveling around the world in 1997-1998, following his retirement. He enjoys being a member of both the USA Today Travelers Advisory Panel and the Conde Nast Travelers Advisory Committee. He has visited about 165 countries. They enjoy travel and spending time with her two daughters and grandson, and his two sons and two granddaughters.







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