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6/18/05-Longview

Longview Funeral Draws Hundreds Of Veterans

Today, friends, family and fellow veterans came from all over the state to pay their respects to a Longview man who worked tirelessly for veterans. They came from as far away as Houston, Dallas and El Paso, for American legion post 131 commander H.L. Buddy Pricers funeral. The 63 year old Pricer was killed in a motorcycle accident last Sunday.

The 20 year navy veteran had worked for veterans rights and POW issues for years, and made hundreds of friends in his work for vets.

"It just shows you how many people you touch, and this is what Buddy did he touched so many people," said Pricers brother in law Bob Thomas.

During Pricers funeral, vets paid tribute by giving a last salute, and relaying their best memories of Buddy.

"We could use a lot more Buddy Pricers in this world we really could," said friend Daryl Stevens.

Some remember that Pricer always put others ahead of himself , and he probably wouldn't have liked all this attention. Mostly they remembered a man who was hard as nails when he was on a mission for vets, and wouldn't take no for an answer.

"I just couldn't get him to stop on something when he got started on it, he just wouldn't quit," said friend Louis Beavers.

He was given full military honors as he went to his final resting place at Memory park.

Bob Hallmark reporting.

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