Up & Coming Weekly

March 29, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2022 UCW 7 According to a news release from the Sheriff 's Office, former Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler passed away on Sunday, March 20. e press release said the 84-year-old man passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. Butler served as Sheriff of Cumberland County for 22 years, from 1994 to 2016. He was one of the longest-serving Sheriffs in North Caro- lina. Before being appointed sheriff, Butler worked as a district supervisor with the North Carolina Department of Probation and Parole. Butler was a football player for UNC and eventually the Pittsburgh Steelers before working in law enforcement. In 2019, the Sheriff 's Training Center was renamed in honor of Earl R. Butler. Current Sheriff Ennis Wright submitted the nomination. "Building dedications should be done while someone is alive so they can appreciate it like we appreciate them," Wright said at the time. In 2021, Cumberland County changed the name of Princeton Street in the Massey Hill community to Moose Butler Lane in honor of Butler. Butler grew up in the Massey Hill neighborhood and graduated from Massey Hill High School. County Commissioner Chair- man Glenn Adams ordered all flags at county facilities to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Moose last week. e flags remained at half-staff until Butler's funeral, March 23. "On behalf of Cumberland County, I send our deepest condolences to the Butler family. We have lost a gentle gi- ant of a man. First and foremost, Sher- iff Butler cared about people. He was a fair and just man who thought about the whole county and how to make it the best place to live for everyone. We will miss him," Adams said in a press release. In a statement, Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin also offered condolences to the Butler family. "Sheriff Butler contributed tremen- dously to the safety and security of our community with his decades of public service. We are rarely given an op- portunity to work with a true servant like Moose Butler. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheriff Butler's family and loved ones." Governor Roy Cooper tweeted that Butler was a strong friend and leader. "Sheriff Moose Butler was a true public servant who worked diligently to protect the health & safety of the people of Cumberland County. I'm grateful for our decades of friendship, his strong leadership across our state and the real difference he made in the lives of so many," Cooper said. Butler's family requests that me- morials be made to Falcon Children's Home 7569 N. West Street Falcon, NC 28342 and the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center 123 W. Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Community remembers Earl 'Moose' Butler by HANNAH LEE Image of former Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler (Image courtesy of the Cumberland County Sheriff 's Office.) HANNAH LEE, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. NEWS 4104 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304 910.483.1234 www.bryanhonda.com Proudly Serving Our Community For 75 Years. Home of the Bryan Honda $3,010 Advantage!

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