Roselady--book cover

Union County roots, that stretch all the way to Wisconsin and Utah, provide the setting for a true story of the life of Van Buren Butcher’s granddaughter, Carla Jane Butcher Morgan. There’s probably not too many of us around who remember “Uncle Buren;” but he is also the grandfather of the well-known country singer, Lois Johnson, of Nashville fame. Lois is the daughter of Fred and Iretta Butcher Johnson. Carla Jane, “C. J.,” is the daughter of Iretta’s brother, Carl Butcher. You will remember C. J. who performed with Lois Johnson at last year’s Union County Heritage Festival.
Now that we’ve gotten the family ties out of the way we can talk about the book! C. J. grew up in Wisconsin, attended college in Utah, but never outgrew those Tennessee ties. C. J. recalls in great detail the peaks and valleys of much of her life. Her writing skills make the reader feel they are right there with her through her trials and tribulations. It is not easy to reveal to the world your innermost thoughts, deepest secrets, and family gossip, but this is the way to tell your life story. C. J. sings and plays several instruments, among them piano and Omnichord /autoharp. Her’s is the typical entertainer’s story of love, heartbreak, the highs and lows of the road, and the strength to rise above it all.

C.J.’s (who now calls the Knoxville area home) story of Hope, Change and Perseverance with its intriguing title, Roselady, can be found in book stores and the Union County Museum. I know you will want to get a copy. Carla may be contacted at


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