OBITUARY

Melson Butler

December 29, 1928November 17, 2021

MACON- David Melson Butler, 92, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Macon, GA. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:30 PM Friday, November 19, 2021 at Riverside Cemetery, Northgate. Lay Minister and dear family friend Katie Griffis will officiate. The family will greet friends after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Memorial Library Genealogy Department, 1180 Washington Ave., Macon, GA 31201; Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210; or the donor's favorite charity.

Mr. Butler was born in Macon, GA on December 29, 1928. He was the son of the late Judge Earl Willis Butler, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Melson Butler. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Shirley Ann Bloodworth Butler in 2009 and brother Earl Willis Butler, Jr. of TN.

Mr. Butler attended Whittle Grammar School and graduated with honors from Lanier High School for Boys in 1946. He was Editor of the Annual and an ROTC Cadet Captain and Company Commander. He attended Mercer University and graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. degree in June of 1950. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. He was awarded the Campbell Accounting Medal in the School of Business Administration at Emory for the highest grade point average of a graduate majoring in accounting. He passed all parts of the CPA exam on his first attempt, one of a rare few in the state who had done so.

After college, he served as a Lt. in the National Guard medical corps for several years.

His past affiliations were: President of the Macon Chapter Georgia Society CPAs, Trustee of the Georgia Society CPAs, Director of the Macon Estate Planning Council, Trustee for United Way, Auditor of the Grand Topper Charity Ball, Chairman of the United Givers Fund, Chairman of the UGF Campaign CPA Division, and Chairman of both the CPA Division Cancer Drive and Heart Drive. He was a Judge for Best Paper on Estate Planning for Mercer Law School. He was a faithful supporter of KA in the Hardeman Province. Mr. Butler was a member of the National Huguenot Society and the National Society Descendants of Colonial Indentured Servants. He was an early member of the Macon Civic Club where he and Shirley enjoyed ushering at the annual shows for many years. He was a past member of the Elk's Club and until recently a longtime member of Idle Hour Country Club.

He was a Charter Member of Riverside Methodist Church and was its first Treasurer for seven years. He served in many capacities at Riverside, including Chairman of the Budget Committee, Administrative Board, Finance Committee, Staff-Parish Relations, Building Committee- Special Gifts, and Nominating Committee among others. He was a delegate to the District Conference and past President and current member of the Beaty-Gray Class.

Mr. Butler was a partner in the CPA firm of Butler, Williams and Wyche. With several others he saved and preserved the historic Whittle School Building and his 7th grade classroom became his personal office. He retired in 1997 and enjoyed traveling with Shirley and spending time with family, especially at Amelia Island.

He and Shirley exhibited humbleness in service and were generous benefactors of many charities, usually listed as anonymous donors. He ended every day on his knees thanking God for all his blessings.

He is survived by his daughter Janet B. Walker and her husband William "Billy" O. Walker of Macon; grandson William "Bo" Melson Walker and his wife Caitlin Glennon Walker of Macon; granddaughter Rachel W. Lewis and her husband Jon Thomas Lewis, II of Macon; great grandchildren William "Liam" Glennon Walker and Finn Thomas Walker, Hattie Ann Lewis and Emmaline “Emmy” Melson Lewis, all of Macon; brother Dr. Walter H. Butler of Atlanta; a niece and four nephews.

The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. N. Bradford Stevens and Dr. J. Victor Andress, and nurse Sonya Robinson with Pine Pointe Hospice, for their kindness, patience, compassion and dedication. Very sincere love and gratitude go to his two loving, devoted, and faithful sitters for the last couple of years, Alice Densley & Doris Prater, and part time sitters Mildred Hobbs & Thelma Mallory.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his daughter Janet B. Walker and her husband William "Billy" O. Walker of Macon; grandson William "Bo" Melson Walker and his wife Caitlin Glennon Walker of Macon; granddaughter Rachel W. Lewis and her husband Jon Thomas Lewis, II of Macon; great grandchildren William "Liam" Glennon Walker and Finn Thomas Walker, Hattie Ann Lewis and Emmaline “Emmy” Melson Lewis, all of Macon; brother Dr. Walter H. Butler of Atlanta; a niece and four nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Pine Pointe Hospice
  • Washington Memorial Library

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Visitation - Following the Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021

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Kathy Bennett

November 18, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Melissa Kuipers

November 18, 2021

Janet and Family,
With sincere sympathy we are keeping you in prayer.
Melissa and Kenneth Kuipers

Bob Eger

November 18, 2021

Melson was a great man wish I would of spent more time with him to know his background. But the time I did spend with Melson was great I will so miss him. I know he is home now.
So melson love you will see you soon not sure what computer updates you will need.
RIP

Renee Sullivan

November 18, 2021

Janet and family,

On behalf of the Sidney Lanier 25 UDC, I am so sorry to hear about your loss and share our deepest condolences. We are thinking and praying for you and the family.

Renee Sullivan, Ph.D., President
Sidney Lanier 25 UDC
Macon, GA

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