Harry King Buttermore, Jr. of Charlotte and Atlanta, died on October 4, 2016 at the age
of 97. He was born on July 15, 1919 in Connellsville, Pa., the third of seven children of Harry
King Buttermore, Sr., M.D. and Nell Kathryn Martin Buttermore. In 1921, the family moved
from Pennsylvania to Liggett, Harlan County, Ky. where Dr. Buttermore became the company
physician for the Liggett Coal Company at the dawn of the coal industry in Harlan. Harry and
his siblings grew up in an idyllic rural community. They had free run of the mountains to hunt
squirrels, fish, hike, play baseball and gather blackberries. The road from Liggett to the county
seat was so rough that some of the Buttermore children stayed at an apartment in town during the
school year, returning to Liggett on weekends.
Harry’s family was one that helped others. His father delivered more than 5,000 babies in
his general and surgical practice and received many patients in his home office. He made many
house calls, often accompanied by Harry and...