Governor Turnbull’s body to lie in state on all three islands, followed by funeral service and interment at Christchurch Methodist and Eastern Cemetery on St. Thomas
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Here is the schedule of events in honor of Governor Charles W. Turnbull, whose body will lie in state at Government House on St. Croix and St. Thomas and The Battery on St. John.
Additionally, there is a candlelight service planned that will take place at Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas, as well as a funeral service at Christchurch Methodist and interment at Eastern Cemetery, followed by a repast at Fort Christian on St. Thomas.
According to Governor Albert Bryan’s proclamation, the U.S. and Virgin Islands flags on public buildings and grounds are to be flown at half-staff until sundown, Saturday, August 13, 2022.
Governor Bryan also is asking all owners of all private and federal buildings in the Territory to fly their flags at half-staff “in honor of Governor Charles Wesley Turnbull, who dedicated his life to the field of education, the preservation of our Caribbean history, and to the people of the Virgin Islands. His commitment to public service, including two terms as Governor of our Territory, will be so honored,” the Governor’s proclamation states.
The schedule is as follows:
• August 10: Governor Turnbull will lie in state at Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• August 11: Governor Turnbull will lie in state at The Battery in Cruz Bay, St. John, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• August 12: Governor Turnbull will lie in state at Government House on St. Thomas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Parking will be at Fort Christian parking lot, and shuttle service will be provided to and from Government House.)
• August 12: A candlelight vigil will take place in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those wishing to give a brief two-minute tribute should RSVP to GovernmetHouse@go.vi.gov.
• August 13: A viewing will take place at Christchurch Methodist Church at 9 a.m.
- The funeral service will take place at Christchurch Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Masks are required for all those inside the church. (Parking will be at Fort Christian parking lot, and shuttles will take people to and from Christchurch Methodist.)
- Interment at Smith Bay Eastern Cemetery on St. Thomas immediately after the funeral service.
- Repast will take place at Fort Christian on St. Thomas following interment.
Members of the public are invited to attend all events.