Rena H. Butt

June 24, 1929 - March 15, 2023

06/24/1929 - 03/15/2023

Past Services

Sunday March 19, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions
Additional Information:

The visitation will begin with the family receiving friends on Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Altemeyer Funeral Home Chesapeake Chapel, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd 23322. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the online guestbook.

Monday March 20, 2023
2:00 pm
Riverside Memorial Park
1000 E Indian River Rd
Norfolk, Virginia 23523
(757) 441-1967 | Directions
Additional Information:

A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 pm, Monday March 20, 2023 in Riverside Memorial Park, 1000 E. Indian River Road in Norfolk. Pastor Earl Sutton will officiate.


Rena H. Butt, 93, of Chesapeake, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Born in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Luther Edward Harris, Sr., and Lillie Mae Harris. She was also predeceased by two sons, William S. Butt and Terry L. Butt, Sr.; two brothers, Luther Edward Harris, Jr., and Troy Lee Harris. Rena retired from the Washington Post after 30 plus years of dedicated service.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Lee Harris and her husband James F. Harris; brother, Joseph C. Harris; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She also leaves behind many extended family members and dear friends.


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carol gavazzi-wright
1 day ago

I was shocked to hear of your moms death. Since we left the :Washington :Post we have been in contact via email … She surely is with JESUS now … she always was encouraging to me when things were tough … was always concerned about you and her brother who just recently passed … took alot out of her … but counted on you mostly for that comfort …
She being my good friend will be missed … and since she left to be with JESUS one day after my very close cousin Dolores 90 1/2 … I felt a comfort knowing somehow they entered Heaven as buddies watching over me. Sounds silly but I felt something inside. Take care of yourself Nancy … that Angel is watching over you … like the Bluebird that appeared outside your moms window after her brother passed … seemed to comfort her … GOD HAS HIS WAYS of making us feel better about things.

Carole Hall
2 days ago

I am saddened to learn of the passing of my sweet friend Rena. She was a joy to work with and we shared many cross-stitch projects and I have a cabinet full of Avon glassware and decorations I collected from her. God bless a dear person. I will miss her.

Richard and Ellen Semerjian
3 days ago

Your Mother, our dear friend, worked with both of us at The Washington Post for many years, where she had many friends.
Although many years of retirement have passed, keeping our friendship was very easy. She was always a joy to hear and talk with. She was a sunshine.
Nancy, we are both here for you in heartache and in the Celebration of Life for your beloved Mother. All Our Love To You.
Richard and Ellen Semerjian

Dolores (Dee) Brown
3 days ago

My heart is breaking. I worked with Rena at the Washington Post and she was a sweet, loving, caring friend. We had wonderful times together. We always kept in touch after we retired. She moved to VA and I moved to FL I wish I could be there to help her family celebrate her life. I know you all have loving memories of Rena. My condolences to the family.

Dolores (Dee) Brown
3 days ago


Sheree Stevens
4 days ago

My heart broke a little more today. What a wonderful woman, friend and mother in law Mom Rena was. Our loss is heavens gain and I know Granny, Bill, Terry and many friends and loved ones were there to welcome her. My thoughts are with family and friends whose lives were touched by her.