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Friends remember man killed in Percy Priest Lake accident

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Investigators still do not know what caused two boats to collide Sunday at Percy Priest Lake, killing one man and injuring several others.

The body of Harvie C. Butler, 39, of La Vergne, was recovered early Monday by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, and those who knew and loved the local real estate agent who lost his life are heartbroken.

"He was so hungry to learn and to help," said colleague Courtney Yates. "In a two year period, he became the heart and soul of our office."

She only worked alongside Butler for a few years, but in that time, Yates says she grew to value him as a professional and as a person.

"You knew that when you talked with him, that he listened, and that he cared," she said.

Divers pulled Butler's body from Percy Priest Lake after a crash between two boats sent him into the water Sunday afternoon and injured several others.

TWRA officials said a cabin cruiser carrying eight people collided into a deck boat carrying five Sunday afternoon. Four of the passengers of the deck boat were hurt, one with a critical injury to the head.

Officers were able to use the remote camera and locate debris from yesterday's wreck with the remote camera and followed the debris until Butler's body was found. A hand-like attachment on the camera enabled rescue divers to make a quick recovery as they followed the cable from the camera straight to the body.

Butler never resurfaced, and officials said he was not wearing a life jacket.

Butler worked as a Realtor for Keller Williams in Murfreesboro, where colleagues said he just had his best month ever in August, logging almost $1 million in sales.

But he also volunteered, leading the office's efforts most recently to build a playground at the Salvation Army in Murfreesboro.

And even surgery couldn't keep Butler from helping with improvements at the Tennessee Veterans Home.

"The day we did Red Day, he showed up with a neck brace, because he had neck surgery the day before. And he didn't go home," Yates said.

A rare weekend off, celebrating Labor Day with friends, became tragic in an instant and left a void with those who knew him well.

"Harvey was one of those unique people in life that you don't get a lot of opportunity to meet. He was a real blessing," Yates said.

Butler's colleagues gathered to pray in his memory at their office in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but for now it does not appear alcohol played a part.

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