Rowan County Sheriff’s Department mourns former officer

Ronald 'Spec' Buttry/Rowan County Sheriff's Department

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Law enforcement in Rowan County is mourning the death

Ronald ‘Spec’ Buttry/Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals

of a veteran officer.

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The Rowan County Sheriff Department will be closed 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 for the funeral of Ronald Spec Buttry.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead with Todd Buttry and Keith Pennington officiating.

The service will be live-streamed beginning at noon on the Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Facebook page. Burial will be in the Pennington Cemetery on Big Brushy with full military honors conducted by Morehead American Legion Post No. 126.

Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to 12 noon Tuesday at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.

Ronald Wayne “Specks” Buttry, of Whitaker Lane in Mount Sterling and formerly of Morehead, died Wednesday, Dec. 9 at St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Sterling. He was 83.

According to his obituary, he was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Norris City, Illinois, the son of the late Hayward Wayne Buttry and Vonda Lea Walls Buttry.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Elizabeth Pennington Buttry, on March 20, 2008, and one sister, Gloria Ann Wills.

Specks is survived by his present wife, Deborah Wills Buttry; two sons, Tony Buttry (Tami) of Morehead, and Todd Buttry (Lori) of Gallatin, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Emily Middleton (Trey),  Alston Buttry (Kandyse), all of Morehead and Bryan Buttry (Sara) of Arizona; one great granddaughter, Piper Middleton; two step children, Josh Moore (Jessica) and Danielle Johnson, all of Mount Sterling; and six step grandchildren, Bradley, Brennen, Brianna, and  Brayden Moore, and Brody and Mayci Johnson. 

Other survivors include one brother, Hayward Lee “Butch” Buttry (Sandy) of Hudson, Florida; one sister, Patricia Stone of Lexington; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family members and many friends. 

Buttry served in the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Division in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, for two and a half years. He was a long-haul truck driver for various pipeline companies for 18 years and a 10-year driver for Don Greenhill Ashland Oil Company.

He was co-owner of Owingsville Dry Cleaners, worked for the Kentucky State Road Department surveying interstate construction, was a correctional officer for the Kentucky Department of Corrections for 18 years, and was currently a court security officer for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a member of Morehead Masonic Lodge 654, a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Morehead and attended the Southside Church of Christ in Lexington. Specks was an avid U. K. fan, enjoyed Country and Western dancing, and loved watching Alston play football.

Pallbearers will be Alston Buttry, Mark Buttry, Todd Buttry, Tony Buttry, Charles Ray Pennington, Keith Pennington, and Randy Pennington.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bryan Buttry, Butch Buttry, Jerry Caudill, Mike Stone, Charles Roy Pennington, and Jeff Wills.