Lloyd Porter Butler Jr. 87, dreamer and entrepreneur who always loved to work

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Lloyd Porter Butler Jr.
Lloyd Porter Butler Jr.

Lloyd Porter Butler Jr., 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 31, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Lloyd was born on March 6, 1929, to Lloyd P. and Martha Nichols Butler in Beaverdam.

He followed in his father’s career and worked for the C&O Railroad until 1960, at which time he began working at Newport News Shipbuilding until his retirement in 1988. Lloyd then went on to start his own business, LPB Lawn and Landscape, which he continued to manage until January 2015.

Lloyd was a devoted family man, enjoying nothing more than time with the love of his life, Estelle, and his five children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Estelle Adams Butler; son L. P. Butler III (Robyn); daughters, Diane Robbins (Paul), Carol Romeo (Steve), Teresa Crocker (Dennis) and Sherri Austin (Jon); grandchildren, Dr. Justin Crocker (Michelle), the Rev. Brandon Robbins (LeeAnn), Nicole Mottinger (Gregg), Brittany Robbins, Matthew and Zachary Romeo and Caroline and Jon Lloyd Austin; and great-grandchildren, Landin, Molly, Emma, Levi and one on the way in June. He is also survived by all of his brothers, Harold, Henry, Kenneth and Doug Butler; sister, Shirley; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Lloyd was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for 40 years, where he served on the staff parish council, attended Sunday school, and maintained their grounds. He loved his beautiful Piney Point where he enjoyed riding his bike, taking walks and visiting with neighbors. Lloyd was a Mason and member of Monitor Lodge No. 197, Hampton.

A man with a beautiful sparkle in his eyes and vigor for life, he enjoyed so many things. To name a few: hunting and camping in the mountains; beach trips to Ocean City, Md., and Duck, N.C.; visits to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania; and cross-country train trips. He loved his Virginia heritage and actively supported his conservative values by involvement in activities like the Wakefield Ruritan Club Shad Planking. He also loved gardening, cooking, NASCAR, the NY Yankees, working out at his beloved ‘European Health Spa,’ writing poetry and music; Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF); and even created his own special recipe of oyster fritters for sale at Harborfest, Bay Days and the Urbanna Oyster Festival. Lloyd was a dreamer, entrepreneur, and always loved to work.

Known as Pa-Pa to his grandchildren, who adored him, he will be forever missed.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Hollingsworth and the staff at TPMG Grafton, and the entire loving care team at Mennowood Retirement Community, along with LaDonne of Heartland Hospice.

The family received friends Saturday, April 2, at Amory Funeral Home. A celebration of Lloyd’s life was held Sunday, April 3, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Burial was held in Peninsula Memorial Park.

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