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Fort Bragg Remembers Golden Knight

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FORT BRAGG — A memorial service was held Thursday morning for the pilot of the Golden Knights parachute team.

Chief Warrant Officer Lowell Timmons was killed when the plane he was flying collided with a civilian plane in the skies over Arizona last week.

Timmons, known as Butch, came to the Golden Knights seven months ago. The 16-year Army veteran was remembered by new and old friends as "the best of the best," an experienced pilot who died doing what he loved.

"Butch represented the very best of the best of the Army. In an age when many people can't drive a stickshift car, Butch had over 6,000 accident-free flying hours in 80 different Army aircraft types. That's the equivalent of getting into a cockpit right now and flying 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for eight and a half straight months," said Golden Knights Commander David Liwanag.

The 45-year-old will be buried in Georgia this weekend. He is survived by his wife, who was his high school sweetheart, and their three grown children.

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