Traffic control plan announced for firefighter’s funeral procession

The procession that brought the body of firefighter Paul Quattlebaum back to his hometown last Saturday was small compared to the outpouring of support expected for his Tuesday afternoon funeral. (Staff photo by Tony Baughman)

The funeral service for Lexington County Fire Service fighter Paul Quattlebaum, who died in the line of duty on Friday, is expected to be large, and the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has released its traffic control plan for the funeral procession.

Paul Quattlebaum

Mr. Quattlebaum will be laid to rest on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Batesburg-Leesville High School Fine Arts Center. The procession is expected to consist of approximately 30 fire trucks, EMS units, other fire support vehicles, and the Patriot Guard. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Barr-Price Funeral Home on Main Street and continue on S.C. Highway 23 (Church Street). The funeral procession then will turn right onto Mitchell Street to the high school’s main student parking lot.

Highway 23 will be completely closed off from Main Street to Mitchell Street beginning at 3:20 p.m. and will remain closed until the last vehicle in the procession has cleared the Mitchell Street intersection, which is expected to be at 3:50 p.m. This closure will include driveways, entrances and exits into parking lots along the route.

Those who wish to view the procession are urged to find suitable parking along the route and off the roadway. Law enforcement will be located along the entire route and will be shutting off access to Highway 23 promptly at 3:20 p.m.

Visitation for the Quattlebaum family will be held tonight (Monday) from 5-8 p.m. at Barr-Price Funeral Home and could cause some traffic delays on Main Street, Bernard Street, College Street, and Highway 23/Main Street intersection.

Posted October 7, 2019