Ralph Albert Butler

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Ralph Albert Butler, 77, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his home in Jacksonville. Ralph was a native of Anniston, Alabama and a graduate of Howard College, now Samford University in Birmingham, graduating with a degree in pharmacy and later receiving his doctorate. He worked at a number of pharmacies in the area and traveled to join Mercy Ships, Incorporated in both the Dominican Republic and Ghana, West Africa. He was always supportive of the United Cerebral Palsy program having begun his interest while in sixth grade at Pine Avenue School. He made the first contribution to the Community Foundation of North AL for a cerebral palsy fund, and he purchased the first computers for the children at the Cerebral Palsy Center. Doctor's Without Borders was an organization that he supported. On one occasion he worked with the Ojebwa Indian tribe pharmacy in Minnesota. Ralph was married to Sherry Croley Butler; had three children, Michele Boozer (Philip), Ralph Jr., and Allison; three grandchildren, Magan Ellard (Jeff), Blake Boozer (Ashley) and Emi Boozer; four great- grandchildren, Braden Boozer, Brooks Ellard, Mills Ellard and Briggs Ellard; six sisters, Jean Griffin (George), of Delta, June (Quincey), of Mobile, Melbia (Dennis), of Port Luie, Fla., Betty, of Jacksonville, Brenda, of Oxford and Ann (deceased), of Wellington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ralph served 3 years in the U.S. Army, one year of which was spent in Korea. While there he volunteered with the Seoul Severance Hospital in South Korea. He was an avid reader, especially of history. Researching the Butler family ancestry was another interest he enjoyed. He traced the family ancestry to Pierce Butler, a signer of the Constitution. He had that Irish gift of gab and was seldom at a loss for words. A private graveside service will be held with Rev. Fred Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Ships, Inc., P.O. Box 930, Lindale, TX 75771 or www.mercyships.org; Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 or www.doctorswithoutborders.org; and the United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Alabama, 415 Castle Avenue, Anniston, AL 36205 or www.ecaucp.org. Online condolences to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Apr. 14, 2015
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