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Security Industry Mourns Passing of Butch Work

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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 you.    

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 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."

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