Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Joseph Butchner Harley
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Joseph Butchner Harley
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Joseph Butchner Harley
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Harley, Joseph Butchner
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300548
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
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1906- 1992

Wednesday, February 5,1992
Creque's Funeral Home... 900 10:00 am
Bethany Moravian Church... 12.00 pm
Service... 1:00 pm
Interment... Cruz Bay Cemetery
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Julien A. Harley Sr., Alvin Harley
Joycelyn, Calma, Ann and Hilda Harley
Albert, Lawrence and Halmon Harley, Sr.
M. Evangeline Harley
Noble, Lionel and Julien Samuel
Lucille, Iris and Charlotte Harley, Inez Hart, Huldah Sewer,
Laurel Johnson, Gwendolyn Moorehead, Majorie Christian
Patrice and Celia Harley
Kent Frazer, Raphael Edwards Sr., Rudolph, Duane and
Julien "Ali" Harley Jr., Antonio Pickering, Akquami Jarvis,
Wellington "D.J." Philpott Jr., Jamien Harley, Gerry Simon,
Laura Charles, Denise Simon Barona, Cynthia Challenger McNeill,
Zarla Challenger Amory, Glendia Williams, Julice and Jaurel Harley
Chanel D. Luis, Cieira D. McNeil, Shekima and Michelle Frazer,
Petesia Harley, Raquida Edwards, Kent Frazer Jr., Akentie and
Neil Frazer, Raphael Edwards Jr., Ebony and Latoya Barona
Cleone Creque, Earla Christopher, Joycelyn Hendricks,
Lester Hendricks, Lucinda Anthony
Edna Freeman, Alicia Brown

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Joseph Butchner Harley was
born on October 23, 1906 in East '
End, St. John to Joseph and
Roselyn Harley. In March of 1948
he married Sylvia Juliann Samuel ,
now deceuased. This union was
blessed with six children. Forced
to rai his children alone after
the untimely death of his wife, ii
Joseph was named Father and
Mother of the Year in 1963.
Butchner led a very active and
full life. He worked for the Vir-
gin Islands Government until his
retirement in 1972 at the age of
65. He was a faithful member of
the Bethany Moravian Chuch and
was usually the first person to ar-
rive on Sunday mornings. He
loved the sea and served a mate
on the ambulance boat. He was
always kind and soft spoken. If he gave you a beating it would hurt him
more than it hurt you. You could always depend on him to be there and to
be on time.
Butchner led an active retirement life. He was a charter member of Sam
King's Senior Citizens in Action and the first Golden Age King. He loved
to travel and visited many countries and states. He sang with the Commu-
nity and Bethany Moravian Choirs. An involved member of the commu-
nity, he received various awards and recognition.
Some knew him as "Butchner," some as "Brother B." Later on he was
called the "Village Ram" because, when he traveled with the Seniors he
was the only male among all the women. After getting up in age he
cheerfully relinquished his title and called himself the "Village Lamb."
May he rest in peace with The Shepherd.

Order of Je eie

LITURGY .............................................. pg. 87-89
HYMN ...........................................Amazing Grace
SCRIPTURES ..................................... Family members
Psalm 27: 1-7, John 14 1-7
SPECIAL SONG ................................... Senior Choir
SPECIALSONG .................................. Fern and Larry
SERMON ...............................................Pastor
LITURGY, continued ................................... pg. 89-92
SELECTION ..................................... Church oir
HYMN ..................................... How Great Tho A

Alvin Harley, Julien "Ali" Harley Jr, Julien A. Harley Sr.,
Raymond Harey, Antonio Pickering, Gerry Simon

Orville Brown, Ricado A. Sewer Jr., Bernice Boynes,
Felix Sewer Sr., Carolyn Brown

Make the moments count,
You've only one life to live!
Our days and years so swiftly mount -
Today is the day to give!

Why waste precious time
On empty and foolish things?
For there are heights sublime to climb -
Attainment sweet victory brings.

Give your days to God
He'll omniscient counsel give
And guide you by hs holy Word -
Today's the day to live!

Give your all today,
Let Christ be Lord of all things!
With rich reward our God will pay:
Great peace and joy He'll bring
by Kadryn Thorne Brown
The Fmily

Daddy, you were my dictionary. Daddy, you gave unselfishly. I saw in you
weakness but mostly strength. You took the task of both father and mother
and did a wonderful job. You were my source of inspiration even though we
did not agree all the time. As I grew I became aware of the person you knew I
could be.
Daddy, I will miss you but you can now take your place in heaven, for your
job is done. So long Daddy, 'till we meet again!
Cfls and Feamly

Your knowledge is one we will always treasure. We will miss you dearly.
You will be in our hearts always. It is not the end, we will meet again someday.
Rest now in the Lord Jesus's name.
La daughter Joyar and Family

Twenty years ago you became not only Father to me, but Mother also. I'll
always remember you getting up and baking bread so we could have hot
cheese and bread before we went to school. At twelve o'clock you would rush
home on your lunch break to cook so we'd have something to eat when we got
home from school The two beatings you gave me in my entire life hurt you
more than they hurt me. Daddy, later Grandpa to Akquama and D.J. will
never die as long as we live because Daddy & Grandpa, youll live on in our
hearts Well miss you and love you always
Amn Akquama and D.J.

You were my father and mother after mommy passed away when I was five
years old. And guess what? You did a great job. You taught me to be myself,
respect my elders and others and to be responsible for myself and others.
Daddy, you have given us so many memories. One I love most is the day
you threw the rock around the comer and hit Julien. What a great arm.
Daddy, everything you have taught me and shown me, the way you helped
me in raising Glendia, and your telling me to go to college will always be
remembered and appreciated.
You may be gone now, but I know you are still there smiling with us. We
love you and mia you, Daddy, until we meet agin.
Loea, your daughter Hild and Family

The things that you have instilled in me, such as respect, priority, responsi-
bility, peoples' feelings, etc, will never leave me because you did a super job. I
only hope that I can live a life full of warmth, caring and equal the zest that you
had. Daddy, the times spent together pulling fishtrap, burning charcoal and
running races will never be forgotten. I can still se you dancing and being
happy, even though I am a better dancer (smile). Daddy, you deserve a ret, so
rest in peem until.
LovIe yhL Julien (son)

How Do I See My Grandfather
I see my Grandpa as a fun, caring person who gave even when he didn't
have enough. I see him as a man going the extra step just so his children would
have everything they needed.
Grandpa was a man of the church. He was what we called a chip off the old
block. He attended church until he couldn't anymore.
Grandpa was a strong man. He saw his children complete high school and
graduate from college. My Grandmother, from what I was told, was a great
woman. I guess that's what made her a perfect match for the "Village Ram."
My golden memory for the Village Ram was April 9, 1988 at my sister's

wedding at the young age of 82. He was break dancing.
He's gone on now to meet his wife and son and for the Village Lamb... Life
just began. We love you, Daddy (Grandpa).
Carla Challenger Amory

A lot of things you have done in the past will always remain with me,
especially your dancing. I know you will be dancing with the Angels in
heaven. Rest in peace.
Your grandson, Raphie

Today we're here because we care. Today we're here for someone so dear.
Grandpa was one that always smiled. The memories of Grandpa will always
be mine.
Grandpa was one who was strong and never gone. He loved to party and
was always young and hearty. Grandpa laughed, played, and stayed with us,
even though we were a little rough. But don't worry, Grandpa stayed tough.
Grandpa told us stories about him growing up. He gave us our history. It
seems we're living in glory! Grandpa is gone now to meet his creator and wife
after living his very full life.
Grandpa we love you and will miss you every day, but you are resting
peacefully now. You have done your work here on earth and now rest in
So long Grandpa, we love you.
Your long granddaughter, Glendia Cherise Williams

Brother B, you had been very good to me. I'll always remember you. You
are gone but not forgotten.
May you rest in peace.
Low, Lecia

Brother B, you left before we were able to say good-bye. You were so dear
to us. Your warm, friendly smile and your laughter will never be forgotten.
Your spirit lives on. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Thank God for the
hope that we will meet again. We love you, but God loves you best. God be
with you 'til we meet again! Rest in peace.
As always, Edna, June and seniors of the Calabash Boom Center

Brother B, you are gone but not forgotten. We'll always remember and
cherish your warm personality.
Ricardo "Tony" Sewer Jr. and friends

On behalf of the members and staff of the Nineteenth Legislature I offer
deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and many friends of Mr.
Joseph Butchner Harley.
"The Village Ram," as he was affectionately known, was a dear and trusted
friend for over thirty years. And when I lived and worked on St. John he was
a neighbor I knew I could call on, if need be, for any assistance.
Mr. Harley led a rich and rewarding life, and those of us who were fortu-
nate enough to have known and loved him will miss this kind and generous
To his family and many friends who now mourn his passing, I offer these
words of comfort during this time of bereavement: "Cast your burden upon
the Lord, and he shall sustain you. He shall never suffer the righteous to be
Although Joseph Butchner Harley has passed on, he will never be forgot-
ten. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Virdin C. Brown, President
Nineteenth Legislature

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