Mr. Randolph J. Butler, affectionately called Randy, of Newark, New Jersey and formerly of Marianna, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 24th in New Jersey. He was 73 years old.
He was born in Marianna on June 22, 1945, to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Martin Butler. He was a graduate of Jackson County Training School’s Class of 1963. He was a skilled, left-handed basketball player who led his team to a state championship. After high school Randolph moved to New Jersey and worked briefly for a steel mill company before gaining employment with E.I. Dupont/Cookson, as a technician for over 25 years. After retirement, he spent most of his time with family and friends.
He further enjoyed watching and commentating on just about every sport, especially football and basketball. He also enjoyed traveling back home to Marianna, having a good cup of black coffee, watching western shows, playing the slot machines and going to the racetrack. Randolph was the life of the party and you always knew he was there because you heard him before you saw him.
Randolph leaves a lifetime of unconditional love and precious memories with two daughters, Margo Butler-Bourdeau (Marc) pf Pennsylvania and Constance Patrice Butler of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Yul Baker (Irene) of Pennsylvania and Tenisha Baker of New Jersey; three great grandchildren, Kevin, Marc and Zoe; one adoring sister, Dora Butler Donald and her son Lorenzo Heartice of Marianna, Florida; companion of more than 30 years, Dianna Livingston and her children, Marcus Thorn, Belinda McAllister (Nicholas and Marquis), Yolanda Livingston (Diyan, Meca, Richard and Dominique); four great grandchildren, Diyae, Mahaadi, Ajiyah and Terrina all of Newark, New Jersey; his best friend, Jessie Hayes; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and sorrowing friends.
In addition to his parents, Randolph was further preceded in death by a doting sister, Margaret (Hosie) Daughtry.
A homegoing celebration for Randolph will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 1p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Daryl Johnson, Rev. Felix Long, Jr. and Rev. Kevin Williams officiating. Interment will followed in the Orange Hill Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the caring staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna, Florida.