Robert Burnett Butler, 79, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at his home on St. Simons.
He was born in Ardmore on May 28, 1938 to the late James Burnett Butler and the late Betty Randels Butler. After graduating from Ardmore High School, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Upon graduation in June, 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an ordinance officer, strategic army command unit. He was stationed in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and had three months duty on maneuvers in Southeast Asia (Thailand), and promoted to first lieutenant. Following active duty, he attended University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School, graduating in 1970.
As a young dentist, he moved his wife, Nancy, and two children, Kelly and David, to St. Simons Island and opened his dental practice in Brunswick, Ga., where he practiced for 40 years. He was a member of the Georgia Dental Association, state president of the Georgia Dental Association, a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, as well as the Brunswick Rotary Club, and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award. Bob was an avid reader, loved traveling with his wife, going on golf trips with buddies and cheering for his beloved Oklahoma Sooners. He treasured his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Kelly Valentine (David) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and his son, David Butler of St. Simons Island. He is also survived by his beloved grandsons, Wesley Valentine of Washington, D.C., Scott Valentine of Birmingham, Ala., and Sean Valentine of Atlanta, Ga. He is also survived by his brother, Jerry Butler (Judy) of St. Simons Island; his sister, Marilynn Butler Parker of Tulsa; and several nieces and nephews. The family would also like to thank Harold Howard, CNA for his loving care.
The memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island. The service will be followed by a reception in the parish hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice of the Golden Isles or Christ Church Memorial Fund.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home has arrangements.