Dalton Bruce Buttermore, Sr., passed away peacefully on October 2, 2023, in Harlan, KY. Born on January 26, 1927, in Harlan County, KY, he was the son of Dr. H.K. Buttermore, Sr. and Nell Kathryn Martin Buttermore.
Dalton's life journey took him along various paths, each representing his dedication and perseverance. He concluded his career as a Mine Safety Inspector and teacher at the Harlan County Vocational School. Before this, he contributed his skills to numerous endeavors; he worked in the office at Mary Alice Coal, owned and operated a sawmill at Little Creek, and served as a coal mine foreman at Golden Glow Mines in Liggett, KY.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Dalton found solace and fulfillment in nature. With a creative spirit and an indomitable work ethic, he cultivated beautiful flower gardens alongside his beloved wife, Betty, for an astounding 70 years. Hosting gatherings filled with laughter and love was a cherished pastime for Dalton and Betty. They embraced every opportunity to surround themselves with family and friends.
Dalton demonstrated remarkable athleticism throughout his life. He eagerly engaged in sports such as tennis, swimming, and waterskiing. Adventurous by nature, he always yearned to experience new daring ventures. Even into his 80s, Dalton expressed regret that he hadn't had the chance to jump from an airplane – a testament to his adventurous spirit.
Beneath his energetic exterior lay a kind-hearted soul with an ever-present willingness to extend a helping hand to those in need. Dalton's acts of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He generously assisted others whenever opportunities arose.
Dalton is survived by his loving son, Dalton Bruce Buttermore Jr., and his wife, Debbie. His cherished daughter, Marybeth Buttermore Carter, will forever hold his memory close to her heart. In addition, he leaves behind his brother, Tommy Buttermore, wife Sharon, sister Ruth Alice Pope, and husband Dan. Dalton's legacy continues through his adoring grandchildren, Jonathan Carter and his wife Caitlyn and Jesse Sizemore. Furthermore, he leaves a lasting impact on his great-grandchildren – Harrison Carter and June Carter.
Among the network of nieces and nephews whose lives were enriched by Dalton's presence, one held a particularly special place in his heart – Fred Loving III. Dalton's affection spanned to all of his dear nieces and nephews alike.
In this time of grief, let us reflect on the life well-lived that Dalton Bruce Buttermore Sr. celebrated. Let us remember him for his incredible determination. Having survived cancer, he brought joy to every endeavor with the love and compassion he bestowed upon others. May we find solace in knowing that his spirit will continue to live on through the memories and influences he left behind.
There are no services planned at this time.
Mount Pleasant Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dalton Bruce Buttermore, Jr.