Butler, Max Robert


Max Robert Butler, the son of August and Alice Butler, came upon life's scene in St. Francisville, July 12, 1910.
Very early his residence was established in New Orleans from whence he graduated from the McDonogh No.35 Senior High School and New Orleans University. He later studied at Xavier, Southern and Tulane universities, all of New Orleans. Because of his attention to matters of the several parishes for which he had responsibility, along with an intense and abiding interest in the communities in which his churches were located, he was honored by having the Doctor of Divinity degree conferred upon him from the Inter-Baptist Theological Seminary of Houston, Texas.
A very industrious person, in his time, he worked in the insurance business, served as a teacher in the Orleans Parish Public Schools, Group Supervisor and Parish Director of Adult Education for the Works Progress Administration as well as having worked until retirement with the United States Postal Service. At one time he was the owner and operator of a chemical laboratory which offered more than twelve products for household use.
Having come from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1935 he received his Elder's Orders followed by service in nine appointments in and about the metropolitan New Orleans area, the last being at Philips Memorial. In retirement, his Charge Conference Relationship was at Grace Church where he gave of his best to that congregation.
Having been wed to Flaucy Ives in 1941, to which union one child, Angele, was born, he later married Leona Butler who served with him in the latter years of his ministry and very staunchly worked with him during a long period of illness when he was in and out of several hospitals until his death April 29, 1983.
Dr. W. D. Boddie officiated at the funeral services on Sunday evening, May 1, while Dr. Robert F. Harrington preached the sermon, along with the beautiful message that was read to Mrs. Butler and the family from Bishop J. Kenneth Shamblin, the Reverends Andrew J. Douglas and Nathaniel P. Williams also shared in the service.
Another soldier has fallen! Blessed be God who giveth and finally takes that that was given back home again!
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference UMC 1983, Pages 186, 187 - By Dr. Robert F. Harrington

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