Vernon Wallace Butler, 66, departed this life on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at his residence. He was educated in the Chattanooga Public School System where he graduated from the historic Howard High School (presently HSAT), in the class of 1965. Vernon entered the military after high school where he served his country as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. During his employment career, he worked at DuPont, Combustion Engineering, and the city of Chattanooga as a paramedic. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Valeria Butler; brother, Willard Butler; maternal grandparents, Andrew and Lille Smith; paternal grandparents, George and Jimmie Butler; aunts, Barbara Smith and Gwendolyn (Fred) Madden; and great-aunt, Delola Smith. He is survived by his devoted wife, Pamela Edmondson Butler; two daughters, Carmen B. (Randall) Lacy and Kristi L. Butler, both of Antioch, Tenn.; one son, Lavon W. Butler, Chattanooga; grandchildren, Brittany A. Hughes, Cameron X. Anderson and Koi E. Lacy, all of Antioch; Jaxson L. McClendon and Joiya McClendon, Atlanta, Ga.; mother-in-law, Fannie Leonard and sister-in-law, Brenda (James) Smith, Anniston, Ala.; aunt, Gladys Lawrence, Chattanooga; niece, LaTonya (Robert IV) Bush; nephew, Brian Weems; special cousins, Clyde (Annie Nell) Smith, Michael Smith and Fredrick Madden; best friend, Thomas L. Love; great-niece and nephew, Monica Bush and Robert Bush V, all of Chattanooga; a host of other relatives, friends and acquaintances. Graveside services will be held noon on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Rheuben Taylor and Dr. Ternae Jordan officiating. The body will lie in state after noon today at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.