Left: Flower-draped casket of Matthew Winkler gets carried by pallbearers into the Fourth Street Church of Christ (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)
(Selmer, TN) A crowd of 500 mourners gathered at the church of slain minister Matthew Winkler today to pay their last respects to the man.
No members of the news media were allowed inside the church, and plice cordoned off several blocks to prevent unauthorized persons from disturbing the memorial service.
Those who attended the funeral said that Matthew Winkler was eulogized as a devoted husband and father.
The couple's young daughters were among the family members who followed Winkler's casket into the church for the service, said Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks.
Burks said that many people watched the service from the church sanctuary or on TV monitors in the basement of the building.
"Upstairs is full and the downstairs is full," he said.
The name of Mary Winkler, the wife and alleged killer of the later minister, was not mentioned during the service. Attendees said that eulogist Eddie Thompson only referred to the "puzzle" surrounding the death of Matthew Winkler.
Addendum, 11:33 PM: An anonymous poster to this site indicated that Mary Winkler was mentioned during the service by Matthew Winkler's father, Dan. The elder Mr. Winkler reportedly "spoke of the love his family feels for Mary."