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Calvin Leroy Butler

Dec 12, 2014

Calvin Leroy Butler, 89, of Engle, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law.

Born Sept. 28, 1925, in Little Georgetown, Berkeley County, he was the youngest child of George A. and Ida V. Linton Butler.

Calvin was a farmer. He started farming at the early age with his uncle, Fred Butler on the Arden-Nollville Road in Berkeley County. He later worked on the company farms owned by the Standard Lime and Cement Company. These farms were located in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

While working in the Engle area of Jefferson County, Calvin met the love of his life, Dorothy Engle. They were married Jan. 4, 1947, and started farming on the company farm in the Millville area. Later in 1947, they moved to the company farm in Engle, and farmed there until 1973.

Leaving the farm, Calvin worked for D. Lee Morgan constructing metal buildings. He retired from Morgan Construction in 1987.

Calvin loved farming, gardening, cutting, and splitting wood and attending the Butler reunion, where he could reminisce and talk to his many cousins about growing up together in Berkeley County.

Though he had a love for farming, his true love was his wife, Dot. They were married 67 years and he proudly told everyone he met about their upcoming 68th wedding anniversary.

Calvin could tell stories from the time he was old enough to remember about family happenings and other events. He did not forget anything. For his many nephew, nieces and cousins, he was the source of the Butler history. He was known for helping his neighbors with anything that needed to be done. He was a hard worker and was active in his garden and yard until this past spring and summer when his failing health would not permit him to work any longer. He will be greatly missed by his family members and neighbors in the Engle area.

Calvin attended the Engle United Methodist Church in Engle.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ida Mary Butler Hull and Lynn “Ed” Hull, of Shepherdstown; a special cousin, Kenna Banks, of Engle; special friends, Lisa Franzen, of Shepherdstown, Carolyn Master, of Bakerton and D.L. Morgan, of Shepherdstown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Engle Butler on Nov. 14, 2014; three sisters, Susan Siler, Annabelle “Tiny” Henry and Texie Butler; and three brothers, Albert, Arthur and James Butler. He was the last of his immediate family. He was also preceded in death by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Jim Kidwiler.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, with the Rev. Luther Osment and the Rev. Douglas Fraim officiating. Interment was in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town.

Memorials may be made to Engle United Methodist Church, c/o Carole D’Angelo, 592 Engle Switch Road, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.