Parents Told They Can't Attend Son's Burial

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

On Wednesday, Billy Buttry would have turned 43-years-old.

"It was the worst day of my life," Billy Buttry's Mother Christine Buttry said.

Christine says the last few days have been torture. she and Billy's father, William, feel their son should still be alive today.

"He did not deserve that, there is no way he deserved that." Said William Buttry, Billy's father.

Billy Buttry was killed on Sunday in rural Madison County. Police say his wife, Jeannie, shot him as he fought with his son, Dean. She claims she was protecting her son and so far, no charges have been filed.

There will be two separate funerals Friday: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, but only one family will be attending the burial.

"It's not right, not right at all. We don't know what to expect and it is killing us," said Christine.

The Buttry family will get an hour-and-a-half with Billy, following a private service with Billy's wife and son. Then, a private burial will be held at an undisclosed location. The Buttry family will not be allowed to attend.

"We understand why they are having two funerals, to limit the possibility of a confrontation between the two families, but how can we as parents get closure, when we can't even bury our son?" said Christine.

We tried to talk to Jeannie Buttry about the funeral arrangements but we were unable to contact her.

Police say they don't plan to file charges, but will take the case to the grand jury.

On Wednesday, State Police told 27NEWSFIRST Billy Buttry was also stabbed multiple times in addition to being shot in the chest.


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  • by mab on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    you know i wish billy could get on with his life but he cant and his family is his voice and they want give up so pray for the truth to come
  • by me Location: ky on Apr 3, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    wow do you all rally not have lives but to sit on the computer and fight about what happen???? you all are prollly well fare quenns sittin at home waiting for new news to come out so you can gossip about it! leave both families alone. they have enough on there plate they dont needs your alls 2 cents
  • by sad Location: kentucky on Mar 21, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    Hey, BH in Richmond Sounds to me like you were there. How do you know that Billy was not breaking up a fight with Dean and his wife. Yes, it was a tragic event and it is still tragic for Billy's family and friends. Jeannie and Dean can get on with their lives, but what about Billy? He is gone forever. Never to see his grandbaby or his Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, and the rest of his family and friends. His life was taken away from him. What about that? He is not here to defend himself.
  • by BH Location: Richmond on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:26 PM
    This is ridiculous and I can't stand reading these horrible things being written about Jeannie and Dean. The Buttry family was NOT refused entrance to the funeral; the police simply told them to stay away from Jeannie and Dean. That is NOT telling someone they cannot attend. If they misconstrued the order from the police, it's no one's fault but their own. As for this being "planned", you people weren't there and you have no idea what happened. I would bet that if your child was in danger you would take whatever action necessary to protect them. Also, Billy was NOT breaking up an argument between Dean and his wife. Yes, it was a tragic event for EVERYONE, but there's no reason for lies to be spread. It's time for all these lies and rumors to stop and let everyone get on with their lives.
  • by sad Location: Kentucky on Mar 15, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    If Billy was stopping his son and daughter-in-law from arguing that shows Billy didn't want any violence. The report has come out that he was stabbed twice in the back with a knife and then shot in the chest. If the argument between the father and son was that bad for his wife to have to kill him, looks to me like the daughter-in-law or Jeannie could have hit Billy over the head and knocked him out long enough to call for help. Jeannie was protecting her child, this child is a grown man with a wife and child of his own. Was he living with his dad Billy and mother Jeannie? If Billy was an abusive father, I think I would have had my own place. I think there is more to what happened than what is being told. I think it is sad to think that the person or persons that killed someone had complete contol over Billy's funeral arrangements and to tell his Mother and family they couldn't attend his funeral, that is terrible. I understand, there is a law officer that lived really close to this home
  • by Anna Location: Paintsville on Mar 15, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    I have 3 sons and you can believe if a woman kills one of them, I will be after her too. I would go to my sons funeral no matter what. After I got over the shock the woman would pay! I think her A** should be in jail along with her son....
  • by Pam Location: Kentucky on Mar 15, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    I think this is crazy. My first question is, how old is this child? Did he see his father being stabbed and shot? The article said they were fighting, WHY? How can Jeannie Buttry protect and fight for her child and not expect Billy Buttrys parents to feel the same about thier son.I hope it never comes to the point where I have to kill over my child,but I would if I felt it was the only choice I had.But I also would never let anyone keep me from my childs burial.I wish Jeannie Buttry would ask herself how she will feel if her sons wife treats her like that someday.I hope GOD will intervene in this situation and give this family the guidance they need.My prayers to all involved,especially the son.
  • by Earl Location: Eastern KY on Mar 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    Sorry, if she (the wife) killed him, then why is she the one burying him? She shouldn't even attend...does she really need closure? She got her closure when she KILLED HIM. Whether she was justified or not is not the issue here. She killed him, his family should have him and bury him in their family cemetary (or wherever they want) because she really don't have much place to act like she loved him so much or maybe she wouldn't have KILLED HIM. This completely flabberghasts me and all I know is that in my family, if my wife had shot me, then tried to keep my family out of the burial, she would've been buried about 3 days later because she wouldn't have lived but about 2 hours after she told my family that they had no right to attend my funeral, because she was calling the shots (took my life, then kept my body from my family).
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 15, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    It's a (edited) shame that this poor mother and father cannot put their son to rest. If it were me I wouldn't sit back and take it. NO ONE would keep me from burying MY son. Another example of how life isn't fair. The wife kills him (obviously shooting and stabbing him - seems a little excessive to me) and gets to put him in his final resting place. That is IRONY for ya.
  • by C Location: Fl on Mar 15, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    to no wonder you don't think the mom dad and sister brother is immediate family they should have been allowed to put there son to rest i know the dad and billy was a good person he didn't deserve to die why didn't she just leave him if there was family trouble she didn't have to kill him
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