LARRY BUTLER Obituary
 
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LARRY SCOTT BUTLER

July 29, 1943 - December 15, 2018
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Larry Scott Butler, 75, died on December 15, 2018. He was born Seventh month 29, 1943 in Clearfield, Pa. to William and Marion Butler. While in high school he was a circuit lay preacher for small family Methodist churches in the mountains. In 1965 he graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. with a major in history. He was a founder of a liberal discussion group on campus called Concern and a founder of a Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) chapter in the town of Carlisle. His senior year he worked for the Pennsylvania State Council of Churches as a pastor in migrant labor camps where he also lived. He became a convinced Friend and...
Larry Scott Butler, 75, died on December 15, 2018. He was born Seventh month 29, 1943 in Clearfield, Pa. to William and Marion Butler. While in high school he was a circuit lay preacher for small family Methodist churches in the mountains. In 1965 he graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. with a major in history. He was a founder of a liberal discussion group on campus called Concern and a founder of a Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) chapter in the town of Carlisle. His senior year he worked for the Pennsylvania State Council of Churches as a pastor in migrant labor camps where he also lived. He became a convinced Friend and was accepted into membership by Warrington Monthly Meeting in Wellsville, Pa. After graduation he worked for the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President. Bayard Rustin, noted Quaker, trained those SCOPE volunteers. Larry led a successful voting registration drive and political education campaign in Eufaula, Alabama where he was briefly jailed. He moved to Philadelphia, transferred his membership to Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and taught history and religion at Friends Select School from 1970-1980. He received his Master's Degree from Temple University with attention to Quaker American history. He was the first clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Committee on Homosexuality which had a major impact on educating Friends on gay and lesbian issues. The organization which became Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns was first organized in his home. With a small group of other Quakers he was a founding member of Unami Monthly Meeting in Pennsburg, Pa. In 1980 he moved to Florida and lived on a boat for a number of years and was a member of Miami Monthly Meeting. In 1981 he began working with the developmentally disabled and helped start a horticultural vocational training program on Miami Beach called The Log Cabin Plant Nursery. In 1986 he moved to Fort Myers, Florida and was one of the founding members of Fort Myers Monthly Meeting. He continued his work with the developmentally disabled concentrating on men with IQ's below 20 who had issues with violence. He is survived by his partner of many years, Wandson D. DeOliveira and Wandson's children, Priscilla and Samuel, whom Larry helped to raise. He had two brothers who died before him, but is survived by two sisters, Susie Barley and Diane Butler. The family has entrusted the care of their loved on to the National Cremation and Burial Society.

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"May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Larry and I have not been in contact for many years last night he came to visit me so this..." James Parker (Fort Myers, FL)

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