Albert Butler

 Albert Lewis Butler
February 25, 1958 - January 26, 2023

Albert L. Butler, III, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away on January 26, 2023, at the age of 64. Born on February 25, 1958, to the late Martha Ann Glenn and William Medearis Butler, Albert grew up in Winston-Salem and was the youngest of four boys. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School and the University of North Carolina. It was on the first day in Chapel Hill that Albert met the love of his life, Agnes Sabiston, and married her in 1981. They raised two boys across North Carolina, eventually settling back in Winston-Salem.


Albert joined Wachovia (Wells Fargo) in 1980. He was a highly respected banker for 42 years and retired in 2022 with many plans ahead. Albert valued building consensus at home, work, and in the community. He served on the boards of Senior Services Foundation, the North Carolina Zoological Society, the New Winston Museum, Roaring Gap Club, and Old Town Club, among others. He regularly delivered Meals on Wheels with his friends for 25 years.

Albert had a big heart, a quick wit, and a dry sense of humor. He was known for his financial acumen, attention to detail, and dedication to his commitments. Albert cherished his friends and the time that they shared together. He tried to love golf, but it did not always love him back. Thankfully, he found fly fishing and casted lines with his sons, his brother (Buck), his wife (sometimes), and many friends in the rivers of the Blue Ridge, the Rockies, New Zealand, and, most recently, Argentina, where he landed his biggest ever brown trout. Later in life, Albert learned to share his wife’s love of traveling without a fly rod, and relished their adventures to Africa, Italy, Portugal, Provence, and South America, among many others.


Far and above all else, Albert loved his wife, his boys, and their families. He was known as “Albie” to his three granddaughters who simply adored him. The summers with his family in Roaring Gap, NC brought Albert his greatest joys and memories.


Albert is survived by his wife of 42 years, Agnes, his two sons, David Sabiston Butler (Lydia) and William “Bill” Medearis Butler (Kelsey), his three granddaughters, Ellie, Laine, and Betsy. He also is survived by his sisters in law, Missy Butler, Ellon Butler, Anne Leggett (Reid), Sarah Sabiston, and seven nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his three brothers, William “Buck” Medearis Butler, Jr., Joseph Glenn Butler, and James “Jimmy” Archer Butler, and his nephew, Robert Glenn Butler.


A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, February 3rd at the St Paul's Episcopal Church, 520 Summit St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, with a reception to follow 

at Old Town Club, 2875 Old Town Club Rd., Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Senior Services Foundation and St Paul’s Episcopal Church.


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01/30/23 09:14 PM #1    

David Cotterill

A good man and banker. Very active in the community , he will be missed by all.

01/31/23 09:06 AM #2    

David Styles Jolley

A special guy.   Way to young.   David Jolley


01/31/23 03:11 PM #3    

Bill Dunn

Albert Butler- a genuinely nice guy with a smile on his face. Thoughts of a family as they will miss Albert.

01/31/23 04:31 PM #4    

Richard Watts

The very best - truly special.  Brought a smile to face of all who knew him.  Incredible credit mind and a true Wachovian.  He will indeed be missed by all-

02/01/23 06:04 PM #5    

Ken Harris

I worked with Albert during legacy Wachovia times as well as Wells Fargo - I as a Commercial Banker trying to get deals done in General Loan Admn. - and he as a General Loan and Regional Loan Administrator, trying to keep bankers like me out of trouble.  He was an outstanding credit mind and an even better person.  Albert will be missed.

02/02/23 05:23 PM #6    

Bob Suddreth

Albert had a great sense of humor. He was always helpful and the same at work and outside of work. He was a city boy like me and to hear him tell about understanding lending to pig farmers was priceless. You will be missed friend. Prayers for his family in this time of loss.

02/03/23 10:07 AM #7    

David Wanders

When my folks moved to Winston 53 years ago and began going to Roaring Gap, I was a lone Yankee teenager there. Albert immediately was friendly and welcoming to me. Heaven is a better place now that he is there.

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