Henry Moore "H.M." Butler, 82, died Dec. 21 in Quincy at home afer a long illness.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Quincy, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy. Viewing will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Independent Funeral Home.
Butler was born to Robert Louis and Pearl Lee Butler in Cavary, Ga. on Dec. 29, 1925. He servied in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 4th Infantry Division, 12th, Infantry Regiment and received the Bronze Star for bravery in Germany. After he returned from overseas he served as a paratrooper instructor at Fort Benning, Ga. After the war, he graduated from Chipola College, where he was an outstanding baseball player.
After graduation he returned to Quincy where he was a successful shade tobacco farmer. He retired from the North Florida Reasearch and Education Center in 1990. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and served on the board of the Gadsden County Farm Bureau, and was a committee member of the Farm Service Agency.
He is surved by his wife of 56 years, Janice Betts Butler; children, Jan Hurst (Glenn) of Greenville, S.C., Jill Ellis of Quincy and Judd Butler of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Roy Hurst of St. Augustine, Ashlan Hurst Tutman (Kip) and Hunter Hurst all of Greenville, S.C., Keaton Goreau of Gainesville and Daniel Ellis of Quincy; brothers, Raber Butler of Calvary, Ga., Bob Butler of Tallahassee, and Joe Butler and Virgil Butler, both of Quincy; sisters, Elga Hunter of Lake City, Delia Jean Hersey of Orlando and Winona Genton of Zellwood; sister-in-law, Marilee Butler of Calvary, Ga.; and brother-in-law, Clarence Simon of Lockeford, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ermon Butler of Calvary, Ga., and a sister, Gerturde Simon of Lockeford, Calif.
Memoral contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 105 N. Jackson St., Quincy, FL 32351 or First Baptist Church, 210 W. Washington St. Quincy, FL 32351.