Friends and family say their final goodbyes to a South Carolina National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Friends and family mourned the loss of Sergeant Edward Philpot in Manchester.
With support from the community, the patriot riders, and other soldiers, Sergeant Philpot was remembered for always wearing a smile on his face..
As the funeral procession passed by one elementary school, students released balloons in memory of the fallen hero.
Sergeant Edward Philpot will be remembered most for his willingness to help others and his love for his family.
Fellow soldiers said Sgt. Philpot always put others before himself, and seemed to be a father figure to some. Specialist Martin last spoke with Philpot October 21st, just a few days before the accident.
Sergeant Philpot asked his family to send him candy to pass out to children in the Middle East.
Friends say Sgt. Philpot was a good soldier, but an even better person.
Sergeant Philpot requested to be buried in Manchester along side his grandparents because he loved the beauty and peacefulness there.
When Sergeant Philpot first enlisted in the national guard, he thought he would be helping hurricane victims on American soil.
Despite going to war overseas, his family says he believed he was doing the right thing.