OBITUARY

Howard E. Butner

November 28, 1941December 9, 2012
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Howard E. Butner, Jr., 71, of Greensboro, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at his home.

Howard was born November 28, 1941, in Winston-Salem to Howard Eugene Butner, Sr. and Edna Sharpe Butner. He obtained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 16. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served in the US Navy from 1964-1967, then received his MBA from Harvard. He had a career in the oil and gas industry and later worked for the Federal Government.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Diana Wellons Butner, and his two daughters: Amy Butner Strange of Potomac Falls, VA, wife of Mike Strange and mother to Anderson and Michael; and Alice Ashley Butner Ward of Chicago, IL, wife of Jay Ward and mother to Mae and Spencer. Howard was the oldest of four siblings, Steve Butner (Kay), Susan Crotts (Bob), Mike Butner and Richard Butner.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and a loyal friend.

Services will be held at West Market Street United Methodist Church on Friday, December 14 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave,27405.

Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Butner Family.

Online condolences may be made to haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2012
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Howard E. Butner

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john moses

December 18, 2012

howard was a very decent man that loved his family so much. i have such fond memories of him.

December 16, 2012

Dear Diana and family -- Howard and I were classmates and debate partners at Reynolds High School where we formed a lasting friendship. He was one of the sweetest and kindest men I have ever known.I am only sorry that it was not possible for me to be at the funeral. I grieve with you and will miss my old friend.
Dan O'Flaherty

Dan O'Flaherty

December 16, 2012

Dear Diana and family -- Howard and I were classmates and debate partners at Reynolds High School where we formed a lasting friendship. He was one of the sweetest and kindest men I have ever known.I am only sorry that it was not possible for me to be at the funeral. I grieve with you and will miss my old friend.
Dan O'Flaherty

Dan O'Flaherty

December 16, 2012

Dear Diana and family -- Howard and I were classmates and debate partners at Reynolds High School where we formed an enduring friendship. He was one of the kindest, sweetest and finest men I have ever known. I am only so sorry that I could not be at the funeral, but have been in touch with many mutual friends, I grieve with you and will miss my old friend very much.
Dan O'Flaherty (Washington, DC)

December 15, 2012

Susan, Steve, Mike, Richard, and Diana,
This a Burkhead member and high school classmate of Howard's sending prayers and love to the whole family. God will be holding you in his arms and giving you comfort.
Beth (Chambers) and Daryl Dixon

Tom Sparks

December 14, 2012

Diana and family,

Within weeks of meeting Howard, I felt as if he had been my friend for 20 years. He graciously invited me into his weekly men's bridge group, and it was an honor to join him. I will miss his humble manner, his quiet intelligence, his kind thoughtfulness. What a gentleman! I send my deepest condolences on your loss.

Nancy Wasell Work

December 14, 2012

Dear Diana,
The photographs and music on the website express what a loving and fulfilling life Howard had with you and all his family and friends.Barney Barnhardt notified all Howard's Reynolds High School friends with great fondness and we have all been in close touch yesterday. Barney hopes to represent us tomorrow at Howard's funeral. I cherish my friendship with Howard and wish to send you and every member of your family my deepest sympathy and great love, Nancy Wasell Work

Erin Hart

December 13, 2012

Mrs. B, Amy, Ashley -

I have wonderful memories of the kind, sweet, and gentle man your dad was. I will always remember him in his "white official" CCSDA outfit running around on the pool deck making sure all of our swim meets ran perfectly (perhaps with a few drips of sweat rolling down his face) - but he always did it with a smile on his face!

Sending you all many hugs, love, comfort and blessings as you celebrate the life of wonderful man!

love you - The Hart Family

Charlene(Wellons) Hamlett

December 13, 2012

Diana and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during the coming days.
All our Love, Miriam & Charlene and families

Tracy Davis

December 13, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ames. We all loved and enjoyed your dad very much.