Lee County, SC (WLTX) - Dalton Stevens, the man known to many in South Carolina simply as "The Button King," has passed away.
Steven died Monday at the age of 86.
The Bishopville man said on his website that he had insomnia, and started his passion for buttons in 1983. One night, he just couldn't sleep, and started sewing buttons on a denim suit. Over the next two years and 10 months, he wound up sewing on 16,333 button to that piece of clothing.
After that, he started putting buttons on just about everything, including his guitar, shoes, a hearse, and even caskets.
Eventually, he got statewide and eventually national attention for his hobby. He later opened a button museum in Bishopville.
"I got the chance to visit and entertain people in places I never would have gotten to if it hadn't been for the insomnia causing me to put buttons on items," he wrote online.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Visitation is Friday from 5-7pm at the Hancock-Elmore-Hill funeral home in Bishopville, SC. The funeral will take place noon Saturday at Robert E Lee Academy, also in Bishopville.