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Funeral Held For Hughes Springs Soldier

26 year old staff sergeant "Samuel Tyrone Castle" was remembered in a moving funeral in Hughes Springs today. He died last week in Iraq when a roadside bomb hit his convoy. Castle was on his is way to visit his wife and younger brother, who were both serving in the military in Baghdad. "Samuel Tyrone Castle" or Sam to his friends and family, was remembered today before a packed first baptist church in Hughes Springs.

"The price is being paid every day by men like our Sam, god bless you Sam" said Sams father in law, Willie Kearse.

He was remembered as a leader in everything he did, and practically the whole town attended, from his high school coach.

"To Sam thank you for the way you lived your life what you stood for and the great example he is to us, thank you amen" said Rick Ogden.

To his army buddies.

"Rest on my son, brother, friend, this day i salute you" said army master sergeant Oneamous Mack.

They remembered his life, how he touched so many people in the small town, this hero was one of their own. And in the most moving moment of the service, his wife said goodbye.

"He gave his life to save his soldiers, Sam is my hero he always has been. And he will never be forgotten, I'm so proud of you i always have been" said wife Nicole.

It could be any small town in America, any of our sons' or daughters, but today it was Hughes Springs. Castle was laid to rest in Avinger.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

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