QUITMAN, TX (KLTV) - Flags in Quitman are flying at half staff in memory of Army Sergeant Joshua Powell.
Sgt. Powell was on his fifth tour of duty, when an IED attack in Afghanistan claimed his life and the lives of three others last week.
Sunday morning Sgt. Powell's body was brought to Tyler, where friends, family and supporters joined him on his last trip home.
"He said he had to go to fight for her life and all the other people's lives, he would gladly give his life for the people of America," said Faron Petty, Sgt.. Powell's uncle.
"Service to this country was his life that's all he knew how to do, that's all he wanted to do," said Jeremy Powell, Sgt.. Powell's brother.
So for the Powell family it's no surprise every time the opportunity came to go and protect, Sgt. Powell was there.
"They did not tell him he was going when he went this last time his name was the first name on that list to volunteer," said Jeremy.
Sgt. Powell serving a total of five deployments, including this last one in Afghanistan which cost him his life.
"He helped protect this country and our servicemen deserve anything that we can give them when they return home," Jim McCormack, military supporter.
"He was talking about how he was never going to get out he made a comment to me one day when I asked him how long he was going to stay in he said when they carry me home I just didn't know it was going to be this early," said Faron.
And while family and friends are sad Sgt.. Powell's return home happened this way, East Texans made sure he received a hero's welcome, goodbye, and thank you.
Visitation services for Sgt.. Powell will be held from 6 to 8pm Monday at Lowe Funeral Home in Quitman.
His funeral services will be on Tuesday at Lake Fork Baptist Church at 9am in Quitman