Governor Orders V.I. Flags Flown at Half-staff This Week In Honor of Athniel Ottley

Athniel “Addie” Ottley at a 2018 event. (Source file photo)

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff through Friday in honor of radio legend, culture-bearer, former senator, former lieutenant governor and beloved friend to tens of thousands of Virgin Islanders Athniel “Addie” Ottley.

The governor has ordered that all U.S. Virgin Islands flags be lowered to half-mast beginning at sunrise on Monday, Feb. 28, until sunset on Friday, March 4.

“He was an extraordinary human being, contributing here in the Virgin Islands as a senator, a lieutenant governor and long, long, long just as an average citizen on the radio, helping [by] being that voice from the storms,” Gov. Bryan said during Monday’s weekly briefing.

In addition, there will be a memorial service on Tuesday, March 1, at the University of the Virgin Islands Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas. On Wednesday, March 2, Addie will lie in state at the Legislature on St. Thomas, and then he will lie in state at Government House before being interred at Eastern Cemetery in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the Government of the Virgin Islands will name the road at the Pueblo in Sub Base on St. Thomas in his honor.