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BUTTERWORTH, Jr., Dr. Henry Henry Harper Butterworth, Jr. M.D. A Man of Incredible Talent and Intellect Henry Harper Butterworth, Jr. M.D. passed away peacefully July 13, 2013 at the age of 85. Harper was born in Atlanta, GA in 1927 to Henry Harper Butterworth, Sr. and Lucy Kate Clark Butterworth. He graduated from Atlanta Boys High School in 1945 and immediately joined the U.S. Army where he spent the majority of his service time playing his trumpet with the remnants of The Glenn Miller Band entertaining the allied troops at officer's clubs, USOs and hospitals throughout Europe. He graduated from Emory College in 1950 and then the Medical College of Georgia in 1954, subsequently setting up his Internal Medicine practice on Church Street in Decatur, Georgia. "Doc" was a brilliant physician who practiced medicine for 25 years. He was highly regarded by his colleagues, serving as the Chief of Medicine at DeKalb General Hospital and president of the DeKalb Medical Association. In 1979 he retired from private practice to finish his career as a Social Security Medical Adjudicator for the State of Georgia. Harper was an avid fisherman, involved with numerous hobbies requiring a sharp eye and steady hands, including woodworking, painting and crafting grandfather clocks from rare and beautiful hardwoods found around the world. He was a member of Atlanta BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk) and Pi Kappa Alpha National Fraternity, as well as a lifetime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and Republican Party. He is predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Evelyn Goette Boyd Butterworth. He is survived by his brother Clark J. Butterworth (Lillian), Eatonton; three children, Susan Kay Paul (Joe), Cumming, Henry Harper Butterworth III (Julie), St Paul, Minnesota and Pamela Butterworth Bartz, Suwanee, two step-children Michael F. Boyd, Palmetto and William T. Boyd (Carla) Hiram; and six grandchildren, Brian Hart, Michael Hart, Charles H. Butterworth, Taylor Bartz, Cassidy Bartz, Christopher Bartz, and three step-grandchildren Heather Ball, Christa Boyd, Carly Boyd, and great grandchild, Olivia Ball. The family will receive guests Saturday, July 20 beginning at 11 at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street Atlanta, Georgia, 30309, with a funeral service to follow at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Dr. Henry Harper Butterworth to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), JDRF Georgia Chapter, 3525 Piedmont Road, NE Building 6, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305. Online condolences may be made at
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 17, 2013
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