Melvin Dennis Butts was born June 1947 and God carried him home on Monday, April 7, 2014. He was baptized at Greater New Home Baptist Church, and later became a member of Olivet Baptist Church. He attended Howard High School and later received his GED. He retired as a chef from 212 Market Restaurant. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maebell Butts; stepmother, Annie G. Butts; grandparents, Zack and Gertrude Butts; brother, John Wayne Butts and Minister Daryl Butts. His memories will be cherished by his father, Elder Jonas Butts; sisters, Rhonda Y. Williams and Nichelle Jean Sanders; brothers, Jimmy Butts, Recardo (Louis) Butts, Norfolk, Va., and Timekeus Butts; sister-in-law, Ariene Butts; aunts, Margaret Butts, Emma Petty and Ida Smith; uncles, Edell Butts, Tampa Fla., and Paul Smith; former wife and dear friend, Rosemary Anderson; goddaughter, Shacara Taylor; grandchildren; great -grandchildren; nieces, nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 14, 2014 , in the funeral home chapel, Pastor Kevin Adams Sr. officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.