WILLIAM JOSEPH "SONNY"BUTLER. JR. was the first athlete to letter in three (3) sports at Anderson High School. Butler came into his own during his senior season, 1963, by being voted "Most Athletic," while being recognized as the Most Valuable Player in football and basketball.
Butler was the leading ground gainer for the 1963 State Champion Bulldogs with over 1,000 yards. Butler also showed his versatility by leading the team in tackles from the middle linebacker position. He was selected All-City/County as a tailback and as an alternate to the Annual North Carolina High School All-Star game.
"Sonny" topped the basketball team with a 17 ppg average and led the baseball team in home runs. His prowess as the team's only switch-hitter made him "the straw that stirred the drink" in Anderson's powerful attack.
Butler graduated from Winston-Salem State University where he lettered in football and basketball. With a certification in Special Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Butler has served as Teacher and Coach in Pittsylvania County (1970-75), Director of Special Recreation Day Camp -Winston-Salem Recreation Department (1973-83), Special Education teacher and Assistant Coach of football and basketball and Head track coach at Glenn High School.
Butler was selected as the NCHAA (4-A) Track Coach of the Year (1986) after his Glenn High team grabbed the State Championship.
Among the many honors bestowed upon Butler, he is most proud of a commendation from the Office of the Mayor (1978) for Service in Special Recreation and being selected for publication in Outstanding Young Men in America. 1979.
Butler is a Trustee at Union Baptist Church, Past-President of Tiny Tim Kindergarten PTA (1981-84) and coach of the Tiny Indians Mighty Mites.
When "Sonny" is not busy with domestic chores assigned by his lovely wife - he can be found
teaching-coaching or enjoying his favorite pastimes: golf and tennis.