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Funeral for former Sheriff Earl ‘Moose’ Butler set for Thursday


The funeral for former Cumberland County Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Massey Hill Baptist Church, 1027 Southern Ave., in the Massey Hill community, according to a family spokesman. Burial will follow at Cross Creek Cemetery.

Butler, 84, died Sunday. He served as sheriff for 22 years, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2016.

A viewing is scheduled from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers & Breece Funeral Home, 500 Ramsey St.

Flags at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and all county facilities were lowered Monday morning to half-staff by order of Glenn Adams, chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, to honor Butler.

Butler’s family asks that memorials be made to Falcon Children’s Home, 7569 N. West St., Falcon, N.C., 28342, and the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, 123 W. Franklin St., Suite 510, Chapel Hill, N.C., 27516, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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