NEW ORLEANS — A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Mr. Joseph Butler Sr., 95, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church, 2729 Lowerline Street, New Orleans, LA 70125. Fr. Peter Finney will be the celebrant.
Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive, Metaire, LA 70001 with military honors.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home in New Iberia and visitation will resume on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the church at 10 a.m. until the time of service with the Holy Rosary starting at Noon.
Joseph Butler Sr., a United States Army World War II Veteran, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 13, 2019, at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond.
He was a native of New Iberia and lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was born February 25, 1924, in New Iberia, to Henry Butler Sr. and Irene Scull Butler.
He was a longtime faithful member of St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and an active member of the Knights of Peter Claver Council No. 52. He was an employee of Higgins Shipyard of New Orleans for 40-plus years.
Joseph is survived by two sons, Mark Butler (Deborah) of Breaux Bridge and Henry Butler (Patricia) of Bridge City; two daughters, Barbara Butler Bryant (Edward) of Hammond and Debora Butler Beasley (Ronald) of Gonzales; three brothers, Edward Butler Sr. (Lucy), John Butler Sr. (Alice) and Lee Alton Butler Sr., all of New Iberia; two sisters, Julia Butler and Melissa Butler Broussard of New Iberia; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Poppee”; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, members of St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and friends.
Joseph was preceded in death by his son Joseph “Joe” Butler Jr.; his daughter Irene Theresa Butler; his parents, Henry Butler Sr. and Irene Scull Butler; four brothers, Felton Butler Sr., Henry Butler Sr., Julien Butler and Paul Ponties Butler; two sisters, Lillian B. Joseph and Mercedes Butler; maternal grandparents, Mulberry and Julia Scull; and paternal grandparents, Eugene Butler and Mary Pierre Butler.
Active Pallbearers are Gary Larks Sr., Gary Larks Jr., Mark Butler Sr., Henry Butler, David Jackson and Edward Bryant Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers are Edward Butler Sr., John Butler Jr., Lee Alton Butler Sr., Ronald Beasley, Mark Butler Jr., Quincy Bryant, Matthew Butler, Paul Butler, Frederick Butler and Robert Butler.
In lieu of forwarding florals for the service, please send to Richard Murphy Hospice House, (985) 340-0860, 1109 Chestnut Street, Hammond, LA 70403.
Condolences may be expressed at www.fletcherfuneralhomes.org.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Home, 369-3341, 609 W. Admiral Doyle Drive, New Iberia, LA 70560.