William Thomas (Bill) Butler, age 92 of Savannah, passed away peacefully at Azalealand Nursing Home on June 3rd, 2020.
Bill attended Savannah High School and was a graduate of Armstrong University. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict where he served in the United States Navy aboard the destroyer USS Murray. His career spanned from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bowater Paper Co. and Simons Eastern Engineering in Atlanta, where he retired after 30 years. After retiring, he returned to his childhood home in Savannah and enjoyed many wonderful years of happiness.
Bill loved gardening and sharing his harvest with friends and family. He also enjoyed woodworking, collecting and volunteering. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and attended the Faithful Sunday School class. Bill was a man of integrity and honor. He was a good servant of the Lord and lived by example.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Benjamin Butler and Vera Poston Butler; sister Ann Elizabeth Butler; grandmother Annie Poston; special aunt and uncle Dewey and Anne Horne; brothers-in-law Carroll, Colon, Talmadge and Roy Herrington; and sister-in-law Carolyn Herrington.
Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years and the love of his life, Eula Mae Herrington Butler; son, Billy Butler (Jeanette) of Baxley, GA; daughter, Debbie Barkley (Joe) of Dalton, GA; five grandchildren, Reanna Willis (Robby), Matthew Butler (Jessi), Candice Summerall (Shawn), Andrew Barkley (Emma), and Patrick Barkley (Megan); 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Russell Herrington, Johnny Herrington (Virginia), and Bobby Herrington (Jackie), all from Baxley, GA, and sisters-in-law, Janie Herrington of Savannah, GA, and Georgia and Debbie Herrington of Baxley, GA.
A private graveside service will be held for family at Bonaventure Cemetery on Saturday, June 6th, 2020.
The family would like to thank the staff of Azalealand Nursing Home for the special, loving care given to Mr. Butler.
Remembrances may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 6412 Waters Ave. Savannah, GA 31406 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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Bill was such a gentle loving man. He was such a blessing to Grace UMC. Our sympathy and love.
- John & Cheryl Snelling, Savannah, Georgia
Prayers and blessings to the whole family
- Edith W Thompson, Savannah, Georgia
Bill was a wonderful man. He was friendly and gracious to everyone. We will miss him very much. Sending much love and sympathy to Eula and family.
- Gary and Sharon Mitchell, Savannah , GA
Mr. Bill was surely a nice, handsome, and smart man. I always enjoyed seeing him and Eula Mae. May God’s strength be with y’all now especially.
- Cathy Cain Atkins, Baxley, Ga
Our hearts are saddened at the loss of Uncle Bill. May you find peace in God's strength and love. He will be dearly missed.
- Patricia Herrington, SAVANNAH, GA
Dear Mrs Butler & Debbie, Just happened on this obituary notice for Mr Butler tonight. So sorry to hear of Mr. Butlers passing. Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.
- VIRGINIA (Gini) WATSON HILL, Savannah, GA