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Rodger E. "JR" Butcher Jr., 30

January 31, 2009

Rodger E. "JR" Butcher Jr., 30

OCT. 20, 1978-JAN. 29, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Rodger E. "JR" Butcher Jr., 30, of Martinsburg, died of cancer Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born Oct. 20, 1978, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of Rodger E. Butcher and Pamela Stephens Butcher of Martinsburg.

He was a 1997 graduate of Martinsburg High School. He was an August 2000 graduate of the 107th session of the Basic Police Training Class at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

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He was a nine-year veteran of the Martinsburg Police Department, where he was the School Resource Officer at Martinsburg High School, assistant firearms instructor, member of the Emergency Response Team, advisor of Martinsburg P.D. Explorer Post 27, Martinsburg P.D. Bicycle Unit and past coordinator of the "Bigs in Blue" Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

During his professional career, he also worked for four months as a deputy sheriff with the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office.

He was a member of the Second Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Natalie Rae Swisher Butcher; one daughter, Haley Swisher; one son, Tyler Butcher; and one sister, Michelle D. Eichelberger, all of Martinsburg; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

Services will be Tuesday at noon at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Center in Martinsburg. The Rev. Malcom Cadd and Police Chaplain Carroll Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for his children's education to the JR Butcher Fund, c/o Bank of Charles Town, 9738 Tuscarora Pike, Martinsburg, WV 25403 or to Boys and Girls Club of Martinsburg, P.O. Box 1184, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

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