George "Herb" Butterworth
George Herbert Butterworth, age 78, of Surfside Beach passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013 with his wife Barbara Nan at his side.
Born April 2, 1935 in Opelika, AL, he was a son of the late George Hurshal Butterworth and Janie Reaves Butterworth.
Herb was a retired military officer from the US Coast Guard with 28 years of combined military service, first with the Air Force, and then the US Coast Guard, serving in Puerto Rico, Alabama, Alaska, North Carolina, Florida, and at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. His military career gave him great pride, and his family will long recall his stories of those experiences. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he worked for Lockheed Martin as a Missile Engineering Supervisor and retired from there in 1994. Herb was an avid fisherman, boater, hunter, computer whiz, vegetable gardener and quite knowledgeable of the U.S. Constitution. He absolutely loved the ocean, its beauty and tidal movement. He was a member of the Retired Military Officers Association, the Murrells Inlet VFW and Shriner's International.
In addition to his parents, Herb was predeceased by his stepfather, John Gravitt; his son, John Butterworth; a sister, Nancy Butterworth, and his previous wife, Evelyn Edwards Butterworth.
Herb is survived by his wife Barbara; 2 daughters: Jane Lewis of Acworth, GA, Reginia (Larry) Pitts of Ocala, FL; a son, Claudius (Margaret) Blevins of Eubank, KY; 2 stepsons: Scott Swanson of West Point, NY and Greg Swanson of Madison, OH; a brother Benny (Dorothy) Gravitt of Ferandina Beach, FL; a sister Billie (Don) Cox of Acworth, GA and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held privately.
Memorial contributions may be made in Herb's name to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Published in The Sun News on June 28, 2013