[Update] Visitation will be held Sunday, February 6th from 1-4pm at Brentwood United Methodist Church in the Narthex; a private ceremony will be held for family.
Donald W. Butler, Sr., a founder of the Gospel Music Association and longtime Christian music businessman, has died. He was 80 and had been battling a lengthy illness.
In May 1964, Butler and two others chartered the GMA. He later spent 15 years as Executive Director of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Research Library and Museum.
His 35-year career included time as President of Nashville’s Sumar Talent Agency, and working with artists like The Stamps Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers. As a television producer, he handled the GMA Dove Awards, and syndicated shows Singing Time in Dixie and Glory Road.
Butler was actively involved in NARAS, including time as a national vice president, president of the Nashville chapter, and a national trustee. Among the other organizations he worked with were WO Smith Music School, the Nashville Music Association and the Nashville Entertainment Association.
Butler served as Vice President of Academics for the Stamps-Blackwood School of Music. He was an author, composer and popular speaker.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Butler completed post graduate work at Emory University and Southern Methodist University.
He is survived by wife Peggy and other family members. Arrangements have not been finalized at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gospel Music Association Trust Fund, PO Box 144, Goodlettsville, TN 37070.
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