Winford Eugene Butler was born to Arthur D. Butler and Nellie M. Toole on 20 June 1936 in Panama City, Florida. He attended Bay High School. He enlisted in the US Air Force on 15 July 1954.
He married Thelma E Nelson on 6 November 1954 in Manassas, Prince William, Virginia. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
He was released from service on 1 December 1983 with the rank of Major.
His daughter Deborah Elizabeth Butler was born in 1956 in London, England. She died of leukemia on 25 February 1976, age 19.
Winford died on 12 October 1987, age 51, and is buried beside his daughter Deborah in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Panama City, Florida.