Memorial services set for Florence pilot, former officer killed in plane crash

Law enforcement officials on the scene of the plane crash Friday evening.

A memorial service for John Milton Sherbert, 64, who was killed Friday when the plane he was flying crashed, will be held Wednesday.

According to the Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home, the memorial will be held at Abundant Life Church in Florence at 7 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 6 to 7 p.m.

Sherbert was killed when the single engine plane he was flying crashed Friday on Bluff Road in Marion County in the middle of a corn field.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said autopsy results confirm Sherbert died from multiple injuries suffered in the crash.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it could be a few weeks before preliminary report is released on what caused the accident.

They added it could be several months before our final report is issued.

Sherbert was the very first motorcycle police officer for the City of Florence, retiring after 21 years of service.

Officers with the Florence Police Department plan to attend his memorial service this week.

Sherbet had been a pilot since 1984 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War, according to Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Abundant Life Church at 3030 South Irby Street in Florence, SC 29505 or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.