Army Sergeant Joshua David Powell has given his life for the country. Powell, from Quitman, was killed along with three others by an I.E.D. while he was on patrol in Afghanistan on June 4th.
Some of his family members agreed to speak with us.
Sergeant Powell had been in the Army for eight years. This was his fifth tour of duty, and this time he had volunteered. His Uncle Faron Petty, and Cousin Shanna Hayes say he was more than a career military man, he was also the life of the party.
Faron Petty Joshua's Uncle said, "He loved harassing the kids and having fun with them..all the nieces and nephews and cousins and everybody as they were growing up. It's a really hard thing. We know that he's up there now saying not to worry about him and for us to pray for all of our family and to pray for the other men's families that lost their lives and the young ladies family. It's not a war that everyone wants but, it's something that we need. And, we're all real proud of Joshua."
"He loved his country and he loved what he was doing. We're very proud of him. We miss him so much and we wish we weren't bringing him home this way," Said his cousin Shanna Hayes.
A lot of Joshua's family stayed close living in three houses right next to each other. When he was on leave, he'd come home and hunt and fish their property, just like he did growing up. His family would like to think a part of him will always be there.
Funeral services for 28 year old Joshua David Powell are pending.