Wil­liam Hearon But­trill Sr.

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SUDLERSVILLE — Wil­liam Hearon But­trill Sr. passed away on March 5, 2017, at his home in Sudlersville, MD, at the age of 99. He was born Sept. 16, 1917, in Krum (Den­ton County) Texas. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife of 57 years, Jane El­iz­a­beth (Headlee) But­trill and is sur­vived by his de­voted sec­ond wife, Chantra “Ying” But­trill.

He is also sur­vived by his three sons and three daugh­ters: Bill (Joy) But­trill, Judy (Ted) Pat­naude, Nancy Cham­bers, Wally But­trill, Walt (Marti) But­trill and Sa­bie Carey.

In ad­di­tion, he is sur­vived by 14 grand­chil­dren: Bill (Cindy), Andrew (Robin), and Michael (Caro­line) But­trill; David (Brenda) Pat­naude and Suzanne (Randy) Vel; Ja­son Cham­bers; Matthew (Sally), Joe and Dan But­trill; Tim (Crys­tal) and Lind­say But­trill; Wil­lis (Mishaela) Bren­nan and Katie and Margo Carey. There are also 16 great-grand­chil­dren and one great-great­grand­son.

He was a Texan at heart. Lov­ing farm­ing, an­i­mals, and the great out­doors. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from North Texas State Univer­sity, he mar­ried Jane in 1940. Al­ways ready for new adventures, Hearon and Jane went by train to Wash­ing­ton, DC, where he worked for the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau. A lit­tle over a year later with one son in tow they moved to An­napo­lis, MD, to work for the Naval Re­search Sta­tion where he picked up the nick­name “Tex.” Af­ter four years there, they wanted to see more of the U.S. and with two young chil­dren moved to Wy­oming to work for the of Mines. Texas kept call­ing them back and they re­turned to Texas to Jane’s home­town where the next two chil­dren were born.

They soon re­al­ized that the great­est op­por­tu­nity for suc­cess was in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C./An­napo­lis, MD area. They re­turned to An­napo­lis and he spent the bal­ance of his ca­reer there — work­ing for the Naval Re­search Sta­tion again and then the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture in Beltsville, MD and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. He re­tired in 1980 af­ter 35 years of gov­ern­ment ser­vice.

In re­tire­ment, Hearon took up fly­ing and earned his pilot’s li­cense and bought his own plane. He and Jane flew around the coun­try at­tend­ing Fly­ing Farm­ers conventions from Oshkosh, WI, to Lake Win­nepe­saukee, NH.

Hearon was also very ac­tive in the Sudlersville Lions Club and re­ceived the Melvin Jones Fel­low Award. The award rep­re­sents out­stand­ing and ded­i­cated ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and Lions In­ter­na­tional. He was also ac­tive in the Sudlersville Ru­ri­tans.

Sev­eral years af­ter Jane passed away in 1998, he met Ying and trav­eled to her na­tive Thai­land, spend­ing a month there to get to know her fam­ily and cul­ture. Hearon and Ying mar­ried in 2007 and made their home on the Eastern Shore of Mary­land in Sudlersville thor­oughly en­joy­ing the ru­ral life­style and farm­ing com­mu­nity. Friends, neigh­bors and fam­ily looked for­ward each year to the straw­berry and blue­berry har­vests at the But­trills.

They were equally sup­port­ive of each other — Hearon tak­ing her to driv­ing school, tu­tor­ing in English and help­ing her pre­pare for her Nurs­ing exam in the U.S. and Ying tak­ing care of Hearon. She was able to reestab­lish her cre­den­tials as a Sur­gi­cal Nurse and worked in Bal­ti­more and is now work­ing at Shore Re­gional Health in Ch­ester­town. The fam­ily would like to thank all the staff at Shore Re­gional Health for their ex­cel­lent care and thought­ful­ness dur­ing Hearon’s most re­cent hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, March 11, at Cal­vary As­bury United Methodist Church, 103 N Church St., Sudlersville, MD. Visi­ta­tion be­gins at 1 p.m. with the fu­neral ser­vice at 3 p.m. Fol­low­ing in­ter­ment at the Sudlersville Ceme­tery, friends and fam­ily are in­vited back to Cal­vary As­bury United Methodist Church for re­fresh­ments.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests that memo­rial do­na­tions be sent to Cal­vary As­bury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 202, Sudlersville, MD 21668.

On­line con­do­lences can be sent to the fam­ily at: www.fhn fu­ner­al­home.com.

Ar­range­ments are by the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home, P.A., 370 Cy­press St., Milling­ton, MD 21651.

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