Van Ness Reynolds Butler Jr.
Mr. Van Ness Reynolds Butler Jr., son of the late Van and Helen Butler, passed away in his home in Point Washington on Feb. 14, 2014. He was 83.
Mr. Butler is preceded in death by his father and mother.
Mr. Butler is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jonnye Mae Cameron; son, Van , his wife Misty, grandchildren, Brittney, Zeb and Tanner of Grayton Beach; daughter Donna Lowman, husband CL, grandchildren, Cy, his wife Jill, Cara Bell and husband Daniel, great-grandchildren Hayleigh, Dylan, Hannah, great-grandchildren Leah and Cameron of Havana, Fla.; sisters, Janice Toole of Grayton Beach and Gretchen Infinger of Tallahassee; and close cousins, Albert Butler of Point Washington and Willis Kennedy of Apalachicola.
Special survivors are his caregivers, Linda Boudreaux, Mary Shaffer, Samantha Santana and Donna Crawford.
Van Ness spent most of his life in Grayton Beach and worked diligently for the betterment of South Walton. Much of his life was devoted to helping people overcome addictions; he was instrumental in developing Bridgeway, an alcohol treatment program in Fort Walton, and also the Camel Club an AA club house in Santa Rosa.
He served on the original TDC board; the Regional Utilities Board, the CHELCO Board, the planning commission, among a host of others. He also served as county commissioner.
His accomplisments while county commissioner include the construction of the CR30A bike path, the planning and permitting for the a new county annex in the South end of the county, the annex includes a court house, a high school, a college, a library, a health department, and chamber of commerce and all are now completed and used by citizens everyday.
He also spearheaded several land acquisitions for Florida State Parks including Topsail Hill, Grayton Beach, Deer Lake and Eden State Parks. He loved Walton County and it's people.
Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Van Ness Butler, Jr Treatment Scholarship Fund at Trustmark National Bank at Gulf Place.
A time of visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17 at Point Washington United Methodist Church, 1290 North County Highway 395 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Feb.18, also at Point Washington United Methodist Church with the Rev. Spencer Turnipseed officiating.
Burial will follow in the Point Washington Cemetery.
Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.