Message from the Chancellor: Fallen Eagle Devin Butts

Posted May 08, 2023, 3:38PM

May 9, 2023 (Funeral Service Update)

Dear NCCU Family:

Funeral arrangements to celebrate the life of Devin Butts, NCCU's men's basketball team member and behavioral and social sciences major, have been confirmed. 

Devin's service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Stratford Academy (6010 Peake Rd., Macon, GA 31220).

Please continue to keep Devin’s family, teammates, coaches, classmates, professors and friends in your thoughts, hearts and prayers. 

Thank you.

May 5, 2023

Dear NCCU Family:

I write to share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Devin Butts, student-athlete and member of the NCCU men’s basketball team, on May 5, 2023.

Devin was a native of Macon, Georgia, and on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral and social sciences this summer. Devin will be fondly remembered by his teammates, coaches and athletics staff.

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Devin. This is a devastating tragedy for our team, fans, and the entire NCCU community,” said NCCU men’s basketball head coach LeVelle Moton. “Devin will always be remembered as an incredible teammate that had an infectious smile at all times. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family and those who were blessed to know him.”

As we cope with this difficult loss, please know that the university has resources for you to utilize as needed. Students who would like to speak with a counselor may call the NCCU Counseling Center’s 24-hour line at 919-530-7646. Faculty and staff may utilize the ComPsych guidance resources on the university’s HR page.

Additional information regarding Devin’s funeral services will be shared with the campus community when available.

Please keep his family, teammates and friends in your hearts and prayers.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.


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