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Woman of Wilson: Ashley Butler

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Ashley Butler

Hillcrest Baptist churchgoers may have known her as the preacher's daughter. CedarStone Bank customers know her as a friendly, helpful Customer Service Representative. Coles Ferry Elementary Pre-K students know her as "Callie's mom."

Regardless of whether she is out in the community, at work or at home - Ashley Butler knows that life is all about the relationships she makes. "I love life, enjoy meeting people and socializing," she said. "I enjoy building relationships."

Ashley moved to Wilson County from Kentucky when she was five-weeks old. Her father, Russ Stephens, was called here to pastor Hillcrest Baptist Church. Ashley attended Coles Ferry Elementary, Walter J. Baird Middle School and Lebanon High School, from where she graduated in 2003.

She began working for CedarStone Bank in 2006 as a teller for the bank's Donelson Branch. In 2007, she moved to the main office in Lebanon. In 2009 she assumed the role of Customer Service Representative, the position she currently holds.

"My job allows me to meet the public on a daily basis whether it be in a bank setting, Chamber of Commerce event, golf tournament, opening an account or helping some other way with one's banking needs. It could be as simple as fixing customers a cup of coffee in our CedarStone Bank Café. I like to make sure that my customers know they can call or email me or in some cases text my phone for anything they need - from a balance on their account to ordering them a new debit care or canceling their card because they have lost it. That is what I believe customer service is."

When she isn't working, her time is devoted to 4-year-old daughter, Callie Ashtin Butler, who she said changed her whole outlook on life.

"My life has changed so much for the better since becoming a mom to Callie," Ashley, who is a single parent, said. "At the end of the day I can only thank God for choosing me and trusting me to be the mother to Callie. She brings my life so much joy."

Together they enjoy spending quality mother/daughter time getting their nails done, bowling, eating David's Pizza, going to the Stardust Drive-In, shopping, swimming and playing in the park.

"Although I am sad to watch Callie growing up so fast, I remind myself that she is blossoming into a beautiful young lady and it is my place as her mother to set a good example, to prove a good atmosphere for her and to spoil her some, too," she continued.

Ashley also takes time for herself, on occasion to go to Nashville Predators games, travel and dress up "all pretty for events or even a date night" with her "very special fella, Chad."

The woman who she most admires is her mother, Theresa Stephens. "I have tested my mother's patience and caused her to pray a little harder at times, but my mother has never given up on me, my dreams, my capability to perform or given up on me as a person."

"She is an example of a person who loves when, at times, one is unlovable," Ashley said, adding that Theresa shaped her into the woman she is today. "She has shown me love with the word T-I-M-E. I know that any time during the day or night she is just a phone call away."

Ashley also said that her mother stressed to her "Pretty is as pretty does" and that she hopes that she can be "half the woman and mother that she has been and continues to be."

Ashley's future goals include marrying again, having more children, living on a farm with animals and of course, continuing to be an effective employee of CedarStone Bank and build more relationships.

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