Charles E. "Buddy" Butler Jr., 88, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home with his family by his side.
Mr. Butler was a native Savannahian who grew up in the "Old Fort." He was born Nov. 6, 1924, to the late Charles E. Butler and Ethel Morrissey Butler. He graduated from Marist School for Boys in Savannah where he was a member of the last graduating class. He also graduated from Benedictine Military School, class of 1945, and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., class of 1949. He served his country in World War II
as a flight engineer with the U.S. Army Air Corps 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 392 Bomb Group stationed in Wendling, England. He was a devout parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and served as a lector for many years. He was the vice president of Savannah Iron and Fence Corporation until his retirement in 1983. During his tenure at Savannah Iron, he designed the original leaderboards for the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.
He was a member of many civic groups, including the Chatham Artillery, the Hibernian Society and the Sinn Fein Society, where he served as president and one of the original 33 founding members. He was also an avid golfer winning several city tournaments.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine "Kitty" Pinckney Butler; daughter, Dorothy Pinckney Butler; granddaughter, Meredith Knox Thompson; and sister, Jane Butler Abernathy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Ann Haslam Butler, their 10 children and spouses, Catherine Butler Gregory (Keith), Nelson Haslam Jr., Helen Butler Dickinson (Richard), Mary Ann Haslam Goodgame (James), Maureen Butler Thompson (Christopher), Charles E. Butler III (Janet), Carmel Haslam Kelly, Christopher O'Keefe Butler (Anne), Megan Haslam Hayes (Stephen) and Andrea Haslam Harris (Charles); two brothers, Thomas E. Butler and Joseph A. Butler (Sharon); 17 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Burial followed in Bonaventure Cemetery, Greenwich section. Active pallbearers were his grandsons, William Kirk Gregory, James Robert Goodgame IV, Christopher Duncan Thompson Jr., Ryan Butler Gregory, Francis Aloysius Kelly IV and Charles Pinckney Butler. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Hibernian Society, the Sinn Fein Society and the Chatham Artillery.
Visitation with a Rosary Service was Tuesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Remembrances may be made to Spring Hill College, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Benedictine Military School or St. Vincent's Academy.
Arrangements are by Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, of Savannah.