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Garland Butler

Sunday, March 4, 2012

PORTAGEVILLE -- Garland Butler, 81, died March 2, 2012, at the Portageville Nursing Home.

Born Sept. 23, 1930, in Wynne, Ark., he was the manager at Portageville Food Rite until his retirement. A U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War, he was a past member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the First Baptist Church in Portageville where he served as a deacon and a choir member.

On May 20, 1956, in Kennett, he married Bertie Young, and she preceded him in death on June 29, 2005.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Butler; and three sisters, Pauline Hardin, Bessie Browning and Mary Baker.

Survivors include: two sons Joe and Stacy Butler of Larkspur, Colo., and Lynn and Heather Butler of Bartlett, Tenn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Gene Kelley and Judy and Chad Swilley of Portageville; three brothers, Charles Butler, Jimmy Butler and Alton Butler all of the state of Arkansas; two sisters, Viola Bruce and Martha Beal of the state of Arkansas; and six grandchildren.

Visitation is after 6 p.m. Sunday at the DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Portageville with the Rev. Lynn Butler.

Burial with full military rites will follow in the Portageville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Phil Underwood, Harold Edgar, Buster Kelly, Eddie Noffel, David Boyd and Bill Foster.

Honorary pallbearers will be church deacons and the Damerson Sunday School Class.

Online condolences may be sent at delislefuneralhome.net.