Funeral services for Joan Amrhein Butler, 86, of Bamberg, SC will be held at three o’clock p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Denmark with the Reverend Matt Thomas officiating; burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg, SC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Denmark, Local Missions Fund, P.O. Box 325, Denmark, SC 29042. Joan passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Born in Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late Bernard Amrhein and Mildred Ellen Frebert Amrhein. She was first married to the late Charles Patrick Tomlinson and was the widow of Ben L. Butler. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denmark where she taught Mission Friends, served as a deacon, and went on a mission trip to Taiwan. She helped to sponsor and support the Butterfly House in Blackville. She had a love for music, playing the organ and piano. She studied music at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, attended the University of Baltimore and later the University of Colorado. She was the Human Resource Manager of Bamberg Hospital and the Methodist Home of Orangeburg, known as The Oaks. She loved God, family, country, and nature and was a loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her daughter Patricia (Eddie) Thompson of Orangeburg; sons Philip (Lori) Tomlinson, Sr. of Bamberg, SC, Greg (Kendra) Tomlinson of Monument, CO; grandchildren John Thompson, Michael Thompson, John Philip Tomlinson, Jr., Tonya Hester, Beth (Zach) Tomlinson, David Tomlinson; sister Delores (Carl) Herget of Baltimore, MD; brothers Tom (Diana) Amrhein, John (Mindy) Amrhein of Timonium, MD.
She was preceded in death by her beloved step-mother Edith Stuart Amrhein and a grandson Samuel Brown “Trey” Sanders, III.