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Joe M Butler

January 23, 1929 January 25, 2021
Joe M Butler
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Joe Marion Butler
Joe Marion Butler, 92, of Quincy passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021. Joe was born on January 23, 1929 in Calvary, GA to Robert and Pearl Butler. He lived in Calvary, GA until his family moved to Quincy, FL in 1937 where he attended Gadsden County High School. After Joe’s military service, he attended Lively Vocational School where he met the love of his life, Bessie Matthews. They were married on December 27, 1953. He adored her and she spoiled him. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage before her death.
Joe was a Gadsden County Shade Tobacco Farmer for over 20 years. Joe and his loving wife, Bessie, raised four children in the countless blessings of farm life. He also was a businessman and worked at PRIDE in Sneads, FL for over 10 years as a farming Supervisor. In 1981, Joe and his family, received the Gadsden County Farm Family of the Year Award and were recognized at the North Florida Fair.
Joe loved the Gadsden County community. He was a Gadsden County Commissioner from 1973 to 1977. He was PTA President at George Munroe Elementary School when his children attended. And he was on the Board of Directors for the West Florida Livestock Association.
Joe was an active member of First Baptist Church of Quincy for 67 years serving the Lord in many roles during those years. He was a deacon, taught Sunday School in the Youth Department, and served as Department Director in the Adult III Sunday School. Starting in 1968, Joe and Bessie along with their children served for 3 years at the Southside Baptist Chapel, a mission of FBC. When the Southside Mission closed, Joe was integral to the establishment of a Bus Ministry. His love of God was a testimony to all who knew him.
In 1947, Joe went into the United States Air Force serving four years during the Korean Conflict. In 2018, Joe along with his brothers, Bob and Virgil, had the privilege and honor of going to Washington, D.C. on the Tallahassee Honor Flight. Making this trip allowed them to pay tribute to their three older brothers, Raber, Ermon, and H.M. Butler who all served during World War II.
Joe is survived by his children, Susan Stanford (Don); Martha Kirkland (Bruce); and Rob Butler (Lexdi) of Tallahassee; Rev. Joey M. Butler (Aimee) of Wauchula, FL. Joe was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Joe Butler, Matthew Stanford, Greg Butler, Myles (Nicole) Stanford, Lacey (Justin) Kirkland Wallheiser, Lydia (Kenny) Butler Wood, Will Stanford, Sam (Courtney) Kirkland, Lauren Butler, Kelxy (Aaron) Butler Rowell, Keara Butler and Kylee Butler as well as two great-grandsons, Aaron Stanford and Elijah Stanford and one great-granddaughter, Reagan Wood. Joe is also survived by his sister, Delia Jean Hersey, brothers, C. Bob Butler and Virgil Butler; sisters-in-laws, Sadie Butler and Janice Butler along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. His family, community, and close friends grieve his passing and will miss him dearly.
Joe is predeceased by his loving wife, Bessie; brothers, Raber Butler, Ermon Butler, H.M. Butler; his sisters, Gertrude Simon, Elga Hunter, and Winona Genton; and also by a grandson, John Brett Butler.
The service will be at 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2021, at First Baptist Church, Quincy, FL. The family is happy to receive friends immediately following the service in the Sanctuary, adhering to social distancing. Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 70, Quincy, FL 32353 or Honor Flight Tallahassee, Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677 is in charge of arrangements.
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