Ray L. Butler of Madison, 81, passed away at St. Dominic Hospital on April 9, 2022, from complications following an accidental fall.
Ray attended Pearl High School, graduated from Forest Hill High School, and was a 1962 graduate of Samford University School of Pharmacy. He was chief pharmacist and director of pharmacy services at St. Dominic Hospital, served as president of both Mississippi Society of Hospital Pharmacists and Mississippi State Pharmacy Association, and was an instructor at St. Dominic School of Nursing. He worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Schering-Plough Corporation for 20 years until his retirement in 2002.
While living in Florence, Ray served as an Alderman for 10 years. He was an active member of Alta Woods Baptist Church where he sang in the Adult Choir and served as choir president. He also enjoyed playing the baritone in the church orchestra. His favorite hobby, planning and building anything, was used to design and construct a swimming pool for Alta Woods Baptist Church Kindergarten.
After moving to Madison, he was elected to the Twin Cedars Homeowner's Association and was serving as the current president. Ray enjoyed singing in both the First Baptist Madison Adult Choir and Senior Adult Choir, and especially loved singing for the memory care residents of Campbell Cove at St. Catherine’s Village. Most recently, he was a member of First Independent Methodist Church of Madison.
He was a generous, beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents Clayton and Kathryn Butler. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Bobbie Hughes Butler of Madison; daughter Suzanne Butler Durfey (Allan), grandson Will Tanner, and grandchildren Bailey and Bryce Durfey, all of Madison; stepdaughter Michelle Yarborough (Matt), and their children Kirkpatrick, Andrew, Benjamin, Brooke, Katherine, Hannah, Sarah, Samuel, Caleb, and Grace, all of Asheville, NC; brother Ed Butler (Harriett) of Pensacola, FL, nephew Steve Butler (Dana) of Fairhope, AL, and niece Jill Butler Merkl (Bruce) of Lafayette, LA.
A private funeral service will be held for the immediate family to celebrate the life of Ray Butler. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to First Independent Methodist Church of Madison.