Message from the Chancellor: Fallen Eagle Message from Chancellor: Fallen Eagle Dwight Butler

Posted June 20, 2022, 6:03PM

Dear Eagle Family:

It is with great sadness that I announce the loss of another treasured member of our Eagle community. Mr. Dwight Butler, a transportation driver in the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Division of Student Affairs, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Mr. Butler was a 1984 graduate of Hillside High School in Durham, N.C., and served his country for 22 years as member of the US Navy, receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Butler became a member of NCCU Transportation and Parking Services in October 2016.

Mr. Butler was known for a laugh that would make all who heard it laugh in return. He would easily light up a room with his magnetic presence, easy smile, kind words and thoughtful jokes. Sincere in his Christian faith, he often attended worship and small group gatherings in NCCU's Office of Spiritual Development & Dialogue. He was an active member of Church of God in Christ Jesus New Deal, Inc. of Durham, N.C., where he was an usher and member of the W.H. Amos Mass Choir. In addition to his joyful personality, Mr. Butler was known for his prowess in athletics, both as an accomplished sportsman in his own right and as a certified referee in football, basketball and baseball.

Mr. Butler will be forever remembered as a dedicated and professional driver. While he was glad to drive for anyone, he took particular pride and enjoyment in driving for all of NCCU Men’s and Women’s Athletics teams. He had an incredible rapport with anyone who rode on the bus with him and was often requested to drive by name. He would often play uplifting and inspirational music to set the ambiance during long trips. Prior to his employment with NCCU, he served as a driver for multiple transit systems and bus companies, including Go Durham, Chapel Hill Transit and Academy Bus Service.

The celebration of Mr. Butler’s life was held on Friday, June 17, 2022. Please keep Mr. Dwight Butler’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

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