Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

Remembering Frater Clarence Butler


It is with much sadness that the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity announces the passing of Frater Clarence "Ceege" Butler into the TKE Chapter Eternal. Frater Butler passed away at his home in Statesboro on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

In accordance with the traditions of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter, the Board of Directors of the chapter corporation has declared a seven-day period of mourning to honor the life of Frater Clarence Butler, beginning on Thursday, August 13, 2009, and ending on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. All initiated collegiate and alumni members of the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter are encouraged to wear their TKE membership badge on top of a black ribbon, and all fraternity flags will be flown at half-mast.

A Chapter Founder, Frater Butler was one of seven Fraters who were instrumental in the establishment of “The Southern Colony” in 1967. When the International Fraternity officially installed Lambda-Upsilon Chapter on May 25, 1968, the collegiate membership selected Frater Butler to become the first initiate of the chapter. However, because he was not enrolled at Georgia Southern College at the time of the chapter installation, he was initiated into the Fraternity as an Honorary Member (Alumni Initiate), also becoming the first member of the chapter to hold this distinction.

Thirty-five years later, Frater Butler would play a leading role in the establishment of the Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association, serving two terms as its first president. In 2003, he attended the 52nd Biennial Conclave of the Fraternity in Dallas, Texas, serving as the Association’s official delegate to the Grand Chapter. In 2004, during a visit to the chapter by Frater Mark Romig, Grand Prytanis of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association recognized Frater Butler for his lifelong dedication to the Fraternity, with the presentation of a “Life Loyal Teke” designation.

In 1999, the Lambda-Upsilon Board of Advisors adopted a new designation for the Board of Advisors Award, the “Clarence Butler Award,” in honor of Frater Butler. That same year, the Board of Advisors also established the Clarence Butler Scholarship Fund through the TKE Educational Foundation, with the intent of providing an annual scholarship grant to the award recipient. The fund was permanently endowed in 2005, ensuring that the scholarship would be granted each year, in perpetuity.

In memory of Frater Butler's life and his contributions to Tau Kappa Epsilon, we are encouraging contributions to the Butler Scholarship Fund.

Funeral arrangements are still pending. Lambda-Upsilon will provide information when available.

Frater Ceege Butler