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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say the funeral of a soldier killed last week in Afghanistan will affect traffic on Market Street tomorrow.

Sgt. T.J. Butler, 25, of Leland, died Oct. 1 along with two other North Carolina soldiers in a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Butler’s body returned to Wilmington yesterday. A visitation is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street. Butler’s funeral is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Market Street. He will then be buried in Wilmington National Cemetery also on Market Street.

WPD says Market Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for 25-30 minutes at each of the intervals listed below. The public should anticipate delays. (Times listed below are approximate)

-8:30 a.m.: NC Highway Patrol and the Wilmington Police Department will conduct a practice run with the funeral caisson from Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, to First Baptist Church at 411 Market Street.
-10:15 a.m.: Sgt. Butler’s casket will be borne on the caisson from Andrews Mortuary to the church, traveling along Market Street to N. 6th Street, onto Princess Street, then to 5th Avenue (First Baptist Church).
-Noon: At the end of the church service, the casket and Sgt. Butler’s family will be escorted from the church to the Wilmington National Cemetery.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected all along the escort route. Police say everyone planning to pay tribute to Sgt. Butler along the route should plan to park on side streets or at satellite locations. Parking will not be allowed along the escort route on Market Street any time Friday morning.

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10 Comments on "WPD releases traffic details for Sgt. Butler funeral"

donna pierce
2015 years 9 months ago

amen to this comment they dont hesitate to close off the streets for filming movies .this young man faught for our freedom our county come on wilmington close the street .the family is in my prays .

2015 years 9 months ago

They do not hesitate to close streets to film movies, so, this is far more important, in my opinion.

2015 years 9 months ago

Yes you are right. I also blame the media for giving them the publicity – and that is all they want. If the media would ignore them, they would go away!

2015 years 9 months ago

I refuse to call the westboro baptist a church. I lived in Emporia, KS. for over 30 yrs, it is a CULT!! They live to spread hatred, are bigoted and just plainly are not nice people. If you go to the westboro baptist church website, you will see why. The freedom of speech end with my ears, eyes and freedom for my country. They demonstrate at funerals, weddings and anything else that they see that can get them some free publicity. Many are attorneys and know how to play the game and sue and WIN!! Unbelieveable:( These are the lowest of the low with the words, placards and just being alive.

2015 years 9 months ago

Great idea!

RIP SGT Butler and thank you for defending this nation.

2015 years 9 months ago

Well said Peyton!
RIP Sgt. Jefferson Thomas Butler, IV. You fought the brave fight, now find your peace in Heaven.

2015 years 9 months ago

Beautifully said. I agree completely. I hope the fools who are supposed to come here for a protest don’t show up or if they do they are kept at least two blocks away. I have family in the military and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to this family.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 9 months ago

In my opinion just close Market Street for the duration of the service. It will bring some quiet time for the service and any inconvenience is justly warranted. People can plan their morning around it and as stated, there will be heavy pedestrian traffic. Closure for the duration will add some safety also. This is an event that I hope will not have to be repeated but it is an important one and should be treated with the utmost respect.

Joe Bowman
2015 years 9 months ago

I must be at work, helping keep our local community safe, but I will be there in spirit, saluting this man who gave everything to keep others safe. I wish peace for you and your family. You are home now. Rest now, with our thanks and prayers.

2015 years 9 months ago

No matter if you agree with the war or not, we still have to respect those who go over there, and unfortunately some of them lose their lives. It is a shame that they have to die for those who don’t care, but that is the nature of their mission.

I hope that those who live in the area where the funeral will be will go and show their support of the family. A young man is dead – his wife will go on without her husband, the little boy will never know his dad, other than what he is told, and parents no longer have their son. All we can do is show support and lift them up prayer, as their lives have been changed forever.


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