South Walton loses its visionary with the passing of Van Ness Butler, Jr.

Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 09:55 PM.


‘A quiet mediator’

Another man who knew Butler well was Tom McGee.

"He was a dear friend," said McGee, who knew Butler for 18 years. "I cherish the time I spent with him."

Butler and McGee collaborated on creating The Camel Club, a club for recovering alcoholics that they built on Hewett Road more than a decade ago.

If McGee had to choose one word to describe Butler, he said it would be "generous."

"He had a great empathy for others," said McGee.

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