Robert Dean Butler

Published 2:38 pm Thursday, July 1, 2010

Robert Dean Butler, 74, of 155 Second St, Tryon died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in the Smith Phayer Hospice House, Landrum.

Born in Tignall, Ga., he was the son of the late Robert and Jewell Rucker Butler. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, class of 1957. Dean came to Tryon in 1961 from Valdese, N.C. He was the owner and operator of Owens Pharmacy for&bsp; the past 40 years and owned Dean Butler Realty for a number of years. He was a former member and president of the Tryon Rotary Club and a member of Tryon Country Club and was a member of the Tryon United Methodist Church, Tryon. Mr. Butler was an avid lover of baseball, fishing&bsp; and golf and was also a member of the National Association of Left Handed Golfers.

Surviving include his wife of 54 years, Gwenlyn Huss Butler; four sons, Barry Butler (Mary) of Tryon; Brent Butler (Terry) of Landrum; Bruce Butler of Cary, N.C.; and Byron Butler (Ashley) of Landrum; one daughter, Melanie Cobb (Steve) of Tryon. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, James Gene Butler, who died May 28, 2010. &bsp;

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Funeral services will be held at Tryon United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 in Tryon, with Rev. Phillip Hurst officiating.

The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the start of the service.

Burial will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in the cemetery of Popes Chapel Church, Tignall, Ga.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2010 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

Memorials may be made to Tryon United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 897 Tryon, N.C. 28782; or to Landrum First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 East Rutherford St. Landrum, S.C. 29356.

An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.