Joseph Larry Butler

November 29, 1938 - February 21, 2023

11/29/1938 - 02/21/2023

Past Services

Friday February 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Riverside Chapel
7415 River Road
Newport News, VA 23607
Funeral Service
Saturday February 25, 2023
11:00 am
Sunnyside Cemetery
4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Joseph Larry Butler, age 84, of Hampton, VA, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. “Joe,” as he preferred to be called, was born in Scotland Neck, NC on November 29, 1938. He graduated from Scotland Neck High School and moved to Newport News to work for Newport News Shipbuilding. He retired after 40 years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Ruffin and Rosebel (Basden) Butler; his brother, David Butler; and his sister, Jane Branch.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 60 years, Alice W. Butler; his daughters, Angie (Steve) Farmer, and Jodi (Eric) Funkhouser; his grandchildren, James (Alisha) Funkhouser, Steven (Casey) Farmer, Ellen (Alex) Owens, and Chad Funkhouser; his great-grandchildren, Kylee Harrison, Cora Funkhouser, Lilly Funkhouser, Ashby Owens, and Basden Owens; his brother-in-law, Kenny Branch; as well as many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Homes – Riverside Chapel in Newport News, VA. Interment will follow in Joe’s hometown of Scotland Neck, NC on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Joe’s honor be made directly to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, P.O. Box 2156, Norfolk, VA 23501 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck and Altmeyer Funeral  Homes – Riverside Chapel in Newport News, VA are assisting the Butler family and online condoelnces may be made at

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