Howard L. Butler, Jr.
Howard L. Butler, Jr.
July 12, 1930 - May 27, 2019

Howard LaPrade Butler, Jr., 88, of Crescent City passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 at Solaris Healthcare following an extended illness.
Mr. Butler was born in Egypt, GA (and enjoyed kidding with people telling them that he was born in Egypt). He had lived in Crescent City 32 years, coming from Orlando. He served honorably in the U.S. Army and had served during the time of the Korean conflict. He belonged to the First Baptist Church of Pomona Park and had been a former member of Beulah Baptist Church in Fruitland where he served as a Deacon and the Chairman of the Building Committee. He had worked in the past as an over the road truck driver. He was a master gardener and enjoyed gardening as well as fishing. He never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard L. Butler, Sr.; his mother and step-father, Mary and Ralph Edwards; and two sisters, Virginia Bridwell and Maybelle Revelle.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Betty Butler of Crescent City; a son, Howard L. Butler, III of Charlestown, SC; two daughters and a son-in-law, Llori and Eric Quarles of Dade City and Brenda K. Smiley of Crescent City; eight grandchildren, including Jake Smiley of Pomona Park, Kristen Smiley of Fruitland, Indy Krantz of Orlando, and Greg Quarles of Tampa; three great grandchildren, Natalie Montalvo, Gracie Krantz, and Emma Quarles; a nephew, Reginald “Trae” Goldsmith and two nieces, Julie Ruth and Debbie Karlowitch.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30th at First Baptist Church of Welaka with Pastor Gary Munson officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors bestowed by the U.S. Army. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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