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Former NBA coach, Pikeville player dies

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Donnis "Donnie" Butcher of Milford, Mich., formerly of Williamsport, Ky., died Monday at the age of 76.

He was a former coach and player for the Detroit Pistons in Michigan. Butcher also played collegiate basketball at Pikeville (Ky.) College, where he was a two-time All American. In 1961, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, before later going to the Pistons.

He is survived by his wife Delorise, and sons Don and Denny Butcher.

Local funeral service will be noon Monday at Old Friendship United Baptist Church, Williamsport, Ky. Burial will follow at Butcher Cemetery, Williamsport. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, Ky.