Jeffrey Buttray

Profile Updated: August 18, 2009
Jeffrey Buttray
Residing In: Southfield, MI USA
Occupation: Hairstylist for Men & Women
Military Service: U.S. Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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After graduating from Meadville Area Senor Highschool in 1960, I enlisted in the U.S. Army for a three year tour of duty, taking my Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Then I took special training in Fort Gordon, Georgia to be a Radio Teletype Operator (Morse Code and Voice radio). After finishing that training I was sent to Korea for 16 months.....having taken a train across the United States to eventually arrive in San Francisco where we were flown to Korea with stops in Hawaii, Wake Island and Japan where I went through processing before sent on to Korea.
My Aunt and Uncle, Mabel and Stan Buttray were Missionaries in Japan at the time so I was able to visit with them. Sixteen months in Korea had to be a "Love Hate" situation but I obviously survived.
Then in late July of 1962 I returned to the U.S. via the ship The Breckenridge with a stop in Hawaii again (Pearl Harbor) on August 3rd. when I read a newspaper that Marilyn Monroe had died.
Once arriving in San Francisco Bay, coming under the Golden Gate Bridge, (it was so foggy that I could only see the bottom of the Bridge) I had to go through processing again and tried desparately to get a flight to Pittsburgh so as to attend my Sister's Wedding at the First Baptist Church on the Diamond Park in Meadville. Sandy Lawrence picked me up at the Airport but we made it in time for the receiving line!!
After spending a month on leave from the Army, I then proceeded to Fort Devens, Massachusetts for my last of three years duty. The Army Post was located about 30 miles West of Boston which became a favorite City for me forever!
After being discharged from the Military in October of 1963, I had decided to become a Hairdresser and chose the Virginia Farrell School in Detroit, Michigan.........and the rest is History! I have been working at my profession since August of 1964 and certainly have enjoyed the work and have met countless Hollywood stars and some very interesting people over these many years and I feel fortunate that I am still working but do manage to take time off often and leave work early when possible.
Lived in a rooming house when I first came to Detroit and after that shared Apartments, townhouse and home and then in 1977 bought my first and so far only home in Rosedale Park, a lovely subdivision in northwest Detroit. Kept that for 20 years and then bought my current condo apartment in Southfield just over the Detroit city line. Been here for going on 12 years.
Singing was a big part of my life growing up and especially in school in Meadville and I was able to continue singing while I was in the Army. Then for quite a few years when first in Detroit I just didn't keep those vocal chords chirping until I met friends while I owned my home and started going to Church and joined the Choir which expanded into the HandBell Choir and two outside (the Church) groups that I sing in.
I have been singing in the Madrigal Chorale of Southfield since the Fall of 1990 and the Langsford Men's Chorus for the past 6 years.
I have traveled with the Madrigal Chorale to several places locally and Washington D.C. (singing at the WhiteHouse and National Cathedral)and toured England, Italy and Austria.
The Langsford Men's Chorus toured England last year and competed in the Music Festival in Wales and came in second place! We plan to travel there again in 2011
There have been some wonderful trips that I have taken over these last 40some years and if there are any details or questions that anyone has, I will be glad to elaborate.
I will try to find out how to scan pictures etc. and thus provide hopefully some things of interest.

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