Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


The Gladys Smith Society

Peggy and Jim ButlerJim and Peggy Butler

“If it will save one little girl, it will be worth it all – everything I own,” says Jim Butler with conviction Mr. Butler is referring to the planned gift he and his wife, Peggy, have made with the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma to benefit the Baptist Home for Girls at Madill. Mr. and Mrs. Butler have no children and are giving their entire estate to help the Madill campus of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

“I’m giving everything,” says Jim, a master carpenter who has been in the cabinet business since 1967. “Everything” includes a 300-acre ranch, their home, woodworking shop, vehicles, livestock trailers, trucks, and cabinetmaking machinery. He adds, “There are just a few personal items Peggy is leaving to her niece, but all of my stuff is going to the Baptist Home for Girls. The good Lord gave it to me, so I thought I would just give it right back. He just let me use it a little while, while I was here.” Jim continues, “It’s a good feeling to know that everything is taken care of; all the details are done and over with. We like the idea that our estate will be giving continually; it never stops. And I can’t think of a better place for it to go. We want to see it go to good use, and like I said, if it helps one little girl, it will be worth it all.”

Jim and Peggy were sixth grade sweethearts, and have been married for 35 years. They moved to Oklahoma from Virginia in 1999 and live on their ranch near Kingston. Since moving to Oklahoma, Mr. and Mrs. Butler have attended many events on the Madill campus and been very supportive of its ministry.

Jim played Santa last year for the campus. “I didn’t dress up; I played Santa financially. I just made sure there were gifts for the girls and that no one was left out.” Jim adds, “Actually, if Peggy and I had our way, we would not share this story with anyone but the Lord, but if this story will encourage someone else to share the blessings God has given them, and it will make a difference in the lives of children, it will be worth it to tell the story.”

The Butlers also provide financial support for the campus on a monthly basis. Their involvement, giving history, and their love for children qualify them for membership in the Gladys Smith Society.  12-01-06

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