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Memorializing a Great Volunteer

Flagpole Commemoration Ceremony at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia 

MACON, GA (February, 17 2011) – Clarence C. “Gunny” Butts' influence on Hospice of Central Georgia and its employees was so great that the service entity of The Medical Center of Central Georgia will honor the 16-year volunteer and former U.S. Marine Corps member, who passed away last October.

On Friday, Feb. 25, the Marine Corps League Detachment 970 of Middle Georgia and Hospice of Central Georgia will host a flagpole dedication ceremony at 8 a.m. at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia, 6261 Peake Rd. An American flag and U.S. Marine Corps flag will be raised after the color guard presents colors and a brief speech is given in Mr. Butts' honor. This is not a public event, although the media is invited to attend.

Bricks, benches and other landmarks at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia are named in memoriam, so honoring Mr. Butts' memory and altruistic contributions with a permanent fixture on the property seem appropriate. A commemorative marker developed by the Marine Corps League Detachment 970 of Middle Georgia will stand at the base of the flagpole.

Mr. Butts, a Vietnam War veteran who spent 17 years in the Marine Corps, was an active volunteer whose kindness made him a favorite among patients. He visited patients in their homes and ran errands for them. He provided toys for their children and grandchildren during the holidays. He was beloved by hospice staff and volunteers. He was also devoted to other community and church activities.

Mr. Butts' daughter, Lori Manning, RN, has worked at Hospice of Central Georgia since 1994.