Uptown Charlotte, NC Church Will Hold Funeral for Fallen Officer

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by Diana Rugg / NewsChannel 36 / www.wcnc.com; February 28, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Plans are in place for a hero’s farewell today to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who died on Friday after an accident at his home when an explosive device went off.

Visitation for officer Fred Thornton is planned for 6-9 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in uptown Charlotte, while the funeral will take place at the same church Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Before both events, a procession will carry Thornton’s casket from McEwan Funeral Service in Mint Hill to the church on South Davidson Street. 

“It’s going to be one of those ‘all hands on deck’ kind of events,” said Jonathan Rebsamen, the associate pastor for administration at First Baptist Church. 

The church’s sanctuary holds 1,700 people, and Rebsamen is expecting an overflow crowd. First Baptist has held services for fallen police officers before, and hosts the police memorial service every year.

“We do have a relationship, so we do want to reach out,” said Rebsamen. “Especially to the family, but to all the police officers, and let them know that we do care.”

Streets around the church will be blocked off for several hours Tuesday morning for the procession before and after the funeral. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Sunday parts of Martin Luther King, Third Street, Davidson Street, Fourth Street and Trade Street around the church will be closed starting at 9 a.m.

McEwan Funeral Service said it will take a route to uptown that follows Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Lawyers Road, Albemarle Road, Independence Boulevard and I-277.   The uptown routes for Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning are still being finalized.  Tuesday morning’s route will stop in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters on Trade Street, where Thornton’s casket will be transferred to a horse-drawn caisson for its final three blocks to the church.

The procession for the viewing Monday afternoon starts between 3:45 and 4 p.m., and for the funeral Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Mint Hill.   

Burial will follow the funeral at Sharon Memorial Park on Monroe Road. That procession will leave the church and follow 3rd Street, McDowell Street, and 7th Street/ Monroe Road.

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