Carl Eugene "Butch" Thomason, Jr.

Born on April 4, 1949

Departed on December 5, 2019 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Guitarist and Song Writer Carl E Thomason, Jr. (Butch) - age 70 from Pleasant View, TN died Thursday, December 5 th, 2019 at St. Thomas Hospital West after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl & Sara Thomason of Anderson, SC and sister, Norma Hines of Greenwood, SC. He leaves behind a wife, Rebecca Whittemore Thomason, daughter, Jessica Towery (Lee) of Bayonne, NJ, Son, Aaron Thomason of Nashville, TN & Son, Evan Thomason of Nashville, TN, along many other friends, family and collaborators.

Carl struck out for Nashville right out of high school from Anderson, SC in the late 60s with various musical influences. He eventually landed on Music Row with April Blackwood Music. One of his earliest gigs working in Country Music was in the early 70s where he joined Lynn Anderson as a guitarist. He had success as a songwriter when she recorded his song Born in Love on her 1974 album Smile for Me. After Lynn Anderson he toured with several major acts such as Charlie McClain, Margo Smith and played venues from the Houston Symphony to Madison Square Garden, did rodeos, and tours of Europe. He appeared as a musician on the Today Show, Music City news Awards show and The Midnight Special and more. He was an ASCAP affiliated songwriter and lifetime member of the AFM257 for 49 years, where he was a constant and strong advocate of their mission. In the late 80s he stepped away from actively touring and playing only doing smaller projects and began a career with Cigna GSA where he retired after 20 years. He continued writing and recording in his studio as well as performing on the show Nashville where he worked as an extra for 5 seasons.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be from 12 until 2 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Musicares.

12 Comments to Carl Eugene "Butch" Thomason, Jr.

  1. Carl Morris
    December 7, 2019 2:08 pm

    Butch was a good friend from early childhood.
    Good times in school, scouts and football.
    He will be missed.

  2. Myrna and Eddie Beebe
    December 7, 2019 2:37 pm

    Carl was a kind man and a very giving, and talented musician and entertainer. We were fortunate to call him friend.

  3. Teresa Cortese GVFA General
    December 7, 2019 2:54 pm

    On behalf of the entire Greta Van Fleet Army
    We express our sincere condolences to you and your family
    You are free now Carl 🙏🏼🎶

  4. chris gantry
    December 7, 2019 2:56 pm

    he was my friend !!!!

  5. Dee OBrien
    December 7, 2019 4:37 pm

    Butch was a great musician and a good man. He will be missed.

  6. Jan Abernathy
    December 7, 2019 5:31 pm

    So very sorry for this great loss…my sweet and beautiful little cousin Rebecca (Lynn). Praying for you at this difficult time! Much love from Alabama!

  7. Demetriss Tapp
    December 7, 2019 7:54 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man…always with a smile and a hug. I worked the 5 seasons with Carl on the tv show “Nashville’ and he always looked sharp and performed wonderfully. I am still in shock. Rest Peacefully, my friend…and thanks for the loan of your prized banjo..Author, Clyde Edgerton, thanks you, too.

  8. Buddy Thomason
    December 7, 2019 8:07 pm

    Butch was my much loved and admired cousin – our fathers were brothers. Butch inspired me to take up the guitar in my youth, encouraged me along the way and then – even as we became ‘senior citizens’ – challenged me to join him in a commitment to play and “try to get better every day.” We shared a similar sense of humor, an interest in our family history and a desire to incorporate aspects of both into our songs and music. When I last visited Butch in July of this year, we were surprised and delighted to learn that we’d both recently composed songs about our grandfather, which we then enthusiastically shared with each other. I’m so glad he was a special part of my life.

  9. Nick Pride
    December 8, 2019 5:23 pm

    Carl was just a cool guy! We met on the set of Nashville, enjoyed five years of visiting during the wait times. I’m glad we attended some fun events at the CMHOF. We actually forked the Turkey Convention at Opryland Hotel! Peace & prayers to your family…✌️❤️ 🎸 🌈🦋

  10. Tony Byrum
    December 9, 2019 11:11 am

    We grew up in a time that good friends are remembered for a lifetime. Many fond memories of my friend.
    Rest In Peace Butch.

  11. David Ramsey
    December 9, 2019 2:28 pm

    I can remember seeing Butch in the old days at his parents[Aunt Sara and Uncle Carl] house in Anderson .Going for boat rides and watching Uncle Carl talk on his ham radio.Wa4mto. was his station name. Butch taking us for ride in his 55 ford. I also remember when Butch Becky and Evan came to visit Mom and myself in Jacksonville. Becky caught a large sting ray and we all thought it was a big red. went for boat ride and saw a school of Manatee. It was a fun time. I think Evan caught a small shark. I regret not having more stories to tell. Butch will be truly missed.

  12. Don Rowell
    December 12, 2019 2:59 am

    Butch was my Uncle, hero and friend. I always admired him. I watched him play football in high school. I went to many gigs when performed locally in Anderson. He was very talented. He was my mother’s younger brother. I always looked forward to seeing him on holidays and family get togethers. We grew apart when he moved to Nashville but I always kept him in my heart. I miss him and will see him in a different place one day. R.I.P. you are finally free from suffering.

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