A community turned out to say a final welcome home and yet a goodbye to Sgt. David Keith Cooper.
“Well it makes you proud that you have a friend that gave his all. He served and did what he was supposed to do,” said Bill Conn, a childhood friend of Cooper’s.
Cooper's body arrived just before 11a.m. Thursday to a crowd of family, friends and others who just wanted to take part.
“To show respect and honor to someone who was serving, you know keeping us free,” said Thelma Hilbert of Williamsburg.
Mayor Roddy Harrison coached Cooper in school and learned after he graduated of his plans to join the army.
“Anyone that would put their life on the line for their country, is a hero to me,” said Harrison.
Cooper was killed last week in Iraq when his unit came under small arms fire. Friends say he was to be discharged next year.
“He'll always put me in a good mood, He's one of those people who could make me laugh no matter what would happen through the day,” said Senior Airman Nathan Meadows, who traveled from Montgomery, Ala.