Obits: Marie Townsend Butler

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 21, 2014

Marie Townsend Butler

Marie Townsend Butler, 90, of Bermuda Village, Advance, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

She was born June 20, 1924 in Marlboro County, S.C. to Mary Rogers Townsend and John R. Townsend. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Preston Butler, a son, John W. Butler and a grandson, Charles P. Butler.

Before retirement at Bermuda Village, she was a 35 year resident of Fayetteville, where she was an active member of Highland Presbyterian Church. She and J.P. spent time on Figure Eight Island, and at High Meadows, Roaring Gap, where they enjoyed vacation homes and the company of friends. She attended Marlboro County schools and was a graduate of Winthrop University. As a young woman she enjoyed working in journalism on assignments from the small towns of North Carolina to Washington, D.C. Acquiring her pilot’s license at age 18, she flew with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. She was active in forming the family business, Butler Electric Supply, Inc. in 1948. She and her husband’s retirement years were filled with trips throughout the world as well as visiting friends and family.

Survivors: her children, Ben Butler of Myrtle Beach (Vicki), James Butler of Wilmington, Carlos Butler of Greensboro (Kelly); 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at the chapel, Bermuda Village.

Memorials: Lake Waccamaw Home for Boys and Girls, PO Box 250, Lake Waccamaw, 28450. 

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