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 and his wife, Misty; grandchildren, Brittney, Zeb, and Tanner of Grayton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Donna Lowman and 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.; two sisters, Janice Toole of Grayton Beach and Gretchen Infinger of Tallahassee, Fla.; close cousins, Albert Butler of Point Washington and Willis Kennedy of Apalachicola, Fla. 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 Beach, and also the Camel Club, an AA club house in Santa Rosa.
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 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Point Washington United Methodist Church; 1290 North County Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Point Washington United Methodist Church; 1290 North County Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 with the Rev. Spencer Turnipseed officiating.
Burial will follow in the Point Washington Cemetery.
[Burial: Community Cemetery, Point Washington]