Huntersville Barry Wayne "Butch" McConnell, 71, of Huntersville, died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1947, in Mecklenburg County, to the late Glenn and Frances McConnell. Butch could handle heavy equipment with finesse; drove 18-wheelers when necessary and loved coaching a men's softball team which won many trophies with county and state victories in North and South Carolina and the World Series of Softball in Atlanta, Ga., in a pouring rain in July of 1988. His team consisted of great players who became great friends. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Kathy Turman McConnell; son, Kevin McConnell (Dana Parsons) of Mooresville; daughter, Amanda Patterson (Bill Riippi) of China Grove; siblings, Roger, Jim and Ann; four grandchildren, Amanda McConnell, Zachary Wheeler, Derek McConnell, Brady Patterson; and one great-grandchild, Myrna James-Cowan. Butch was preceded in death by his siblings, Bill, Pete and Bob; and son-in-law, Greg Patterson. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., at James Funeral Home, Thursday, May 16. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association, donations.diabetes.org; or Hospice of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036. James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family. Visit www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com to send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Butch McConnell. Please visit our Sympathy Store.