Body of Johnson county soldier brought home from Afghanistan

JOHNSON CO. Ky. (WKYT) - The body of an eastern Kentucky soldier, who died in Afghanistan, returned to Paintsville Monday.

Private First Class Joshua Gray, 21, had served overseas for about a month when officials say he died in a non-combat incident at Bagam Airfield. Now, two weeks later he is home again.

Loved ones gathered to welcome their soldier at Big Sandy Regional Airport, along with women and men from around the state who make up the Patriot Guard.

Flags around Johnson county flew at half staff as the community honors the 2011 graduate of Johnson Central Middle School.

A visitation for Gray will be held Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the gym at Johnson Central Middle School. His funeral service is set for Saturday at 11:00 a.m., also at the middle school. A burial service will follow at Highlands Memorial Park.

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