Bobby Butler’s Funeral Saturday

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The death is announced of Mr. Bobby E. Butler, former sales manager of the United States Trading Company, a subsidiary of Firestone/Bridgestone, sole distributor of Coca-Cola and its allied products.

He also served as country representative of Africare (Liberia) and as sales manager at the Cammay Group in Lanham, Maryland, United States of America. 

Bobby died in Monrovia on December 28, 2013, following a brief illness.  He was in his 71st year.   

Robert (Bobby) E. Butler commenced his education  at the Robertsport Elementary School while living with his uncle and aunt, the Rev. Urias Freeman and Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon Freeman.  Moving to Monrovia, he entered the St. Patrick’s Elementary School and later the Monrovia Demonstration Elementary School. 

In 1957 his mother emigrated to the United States with her children and they settled in Cleveland, Ohio.  There Bobby completed high school.  He later entered Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, United States of America, where he took the Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management, with a minor in Sociology

Bobby also undertook a Firestone International Executive Course in Akron, Ohio (1970) and later joined the Firestone Plantations Company in Harbel, Liberia as a public relations officer (1966).  He did another course with Coca-Cola International – Monrovia, Liberia the same year. He was later transferred to the USTC as marketing manager.   He later joined the Yes Taxi Company as operations manager.

In 1967 Bobby married his childhood sweetheart, Ms. Ora Eugenia Cooper.  This union was blessed with a son, Bobby Erskine Butler, Jr.  That marriage having ended in divorce, Bobby later took the hand of Ms. Olga Hage.  This union was blessed with two sons, John and George and a daughter, Olga.

Robert (Bobby) Erskine Butler was born in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County on February 2, 1943, the last of four children of Mr. Andrew Butler and his wife Maime Gordon-Butler.  

He was a member of the International Y.M.C.A., the

International Lions Club, the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), of which he was elected board member and vice president.  Bobby was also a member of the Literary Club of Liberia.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Olga Hage Butler; children, John S. Butler (Rhonda), George S. Butler, Robert E. Butler, Jr. (Aida) and Olga A. Butler (Sylvanus); his mother, Mrs. Maime Gordon Butler; siblings, Richard Butler (Jeanie), Andrew, Jr. and many other relatives and friends.

The body will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Parlor at 9 o’clock a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 and taken to the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street, Monrovia, where the funeral will commence at 10 o’clock a.m.

Interment will follow in the Zion Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Brewerville.    

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