The body of Gene Butler, 87, was discovered near the Wildlife Management area in Cheatham County on Saturday, July 6, according to the county’s sheriff’s department.
Search crews had been looking for the man since he left his home in his vehicle early Thursday, July 4, without taking his medication.
When he did not return home, family members reached out to the community for assistance.
Sheriff’s officials in Cheatham County said there appeared to be no foul play when they discovered Butler’s body not far from his vehicle.
A note from the family thanked the community of White House for the outpouring of love and support during the previous week following Butler’s disappearance.
“We also would like to ask for continued prayers as we navigate the difficult days ahead,” the note said.
Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House is taking care of Butler’s funeral arrangements.
According to his obituary, Butler was born on Aug. 6, 1931 in Gallatin.
Butler had a long career in construction and had been a member of Burton Masonic Lodge #272, all Scottish Rite Bodies and was also a member of Al Menah Shrine in Nashville.
He and his wife Betty had been married for 68 years.
He leaves behind Betty, five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. and on Friday from 12 – 2 p.m. at Cole and Garrett Funeral Home, White House.
A celebration of life service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 2 p.m., followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.