An accident on base claimed an East Texas soldiers life, but today, an East Texas town was celebrating their hometown hero. Army Private First Class Alex Mattox died from an accidental shooting last week while on base in Afghanistan. At South Union Baptist Church, complete with Army honor guard, the community of Jenkins said a tearful goodbye to PFC Mattox.
"We are not here today to commemorate or to conduct a funeral, but have a resurrection celebration" said army chaplain Kevin Wainwright.
"Alex loved his country, and he died doing exactly what he felt in his heart he should do" said family friend Chad Thompson.
Alex was awarded the bronze star for bravery in action in Afghanistan, given to his family.
"What was is the important thing here and what he was and what he became and what he did makes us all proud" said Alex's grandfather Bob Mattox.
He was carried to his last resting place, as friends and Patriot Guard members lined the route with flags. Every small town in America has a hometown hero, and this community doesn't want to forget theirs. Alex Maddox.
"Alex's sacrifice in the line of duty will not be forgotten" Wainwright said.
Alex Mattox was laid to rest today at Clark Cemetery in Jenkins. He was 23 years old.