Tennessee Electronic Security Association (TNESA) member C.R. "Butch" Work passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. TNESA Executive Director Penny Brooks recounts her memories of Butch in her own words below.
"It is with great sadness that I inform you of Butch Work's
passing on Monday, December 17th as a result of a car accident.
Butch was a long-time friend, advisor, board member and
founder of the Butch Work Benevolence Fund for TBFAA/TNESA, which was his
proudest accomplishment. Butch helped raise thousands of dollars for TNESA
members in need. So many members have been recipients of help from our
Benevolence Fund in times of need and sadness.
Just one story about Butch and the Benevolence Fund. A lot
of you will remember the chartered bus trip we (TBFAA members) took
to Washington to meet with our Senators and Representatives. The bus
started in Memphis, stopped in Nashville, Knoxville and Johnson City then
headed to Washington....and the bus had a "square" wheel, extremely
bumpy!!! Butch had already formed the Benevolence fund by then. As
we boarded the bus to return home; Butch, Cecil Hogan and John Knox
borrowed a luggage cart from the hotel and ran in the liquor store next to our
hotel....they wanted to "celebrate" a successful Washington trip and
knew it would be a LONG trip home. We should have known Butch had a
plan....within two hours of the return trip, Butch was charging
everyone to use the restroom!!!! He managed to raise over
$1,000 for the Benevolence Fund that day! Many life long friendships were
made on that trip and our association is where it is today because of Butch
Work. Butch and Vilda came to every convention that they could just to see
and catch up with friends. He loved and cared about each and every one of
Butch has been associated with the alarm industry for over 35
years working for Security Alarms, Ademco, ADI and he helped
start Southern Alarm Supply, He was also instrumental in getting the Alarm
Contractors Law passed in the Tennessee Legislature. Butch was awarded
TNESA Life Membership and he was the recipient of the Joe Duncan Award in
1997, also one of his proudest moments. And he was on the TBFAA committee
that hired me 21 years ago......my proudest moment!
We can all be comforted by the thought of Butch walking through
Heavens Gates as he stares amazed at the splendor and glory around him in the
very presence of God Almighty. What an honor and privilege. I know Butch
has probably already asked if he can sit at the right hand of God to
help in any way he can and welcome friends home.
Please keep Vilda and Butch's sweet family in your thoughts and
prayers during this difficult time and the years to come.
If you have a chance and can send Vilda a card, she would love
that. Please share your favorite story of Butch with her. Mail
your card/letter to Vilda
Work, 231 Old State Hwy 69, Parsons TN 38363."