An Eastern Kentucky family remembers their loved one who died fighting for his country.
Sergeant Edward Philpot died Tuesday while on duty with the South Carolina National Guard, but soon his body will return to Clay County where he'll be buried beside his grandparents. We spoke with Philpot's family about a man they say often put others before himself.
"He was a great son and a great father," said Philpot's father, Ottas Philpot.
Only 38 years old when died, family members of Edward Philpot say he was known for his sense humor, but really for his commitment to helping others in need.
"That was one thing he would stress. It's not a fluff job, just to be sending someone over. It's important what we're doing," said Philpot's sister, Renee Crockett.
Saturday, American flags marked the house of Philpot's family in London. Though he lived with his wife and three daughters in Latta, South Carolina, Edward loved Eastern Kentucky. He told his wife that if anything ever happened, he wanted to be buried beside his grandparents in Manchester.
"He just said it was so peaceful where his grandma and grandpa were buried that he wanted to be buried there beside his grandfather," Ottas said.
Sergeant Philpot originally joined the South Carolina National Guard in 2001 to help with hurricane relief in the U.S. but even after he was sent to Afghanistan, his family never imagined that he wouldn't come home
"When he went overseas, it never hit us that he was under God's protection, he was gonna be ok, he was gonna come home," Renee said.
So though Sergeant Philpot is no longer here in person, his memory will live on through pictures, memories, and just great family stories.
"We know he's in a better place, and he's waiting for us," Renee said.
Funeral arrangements for Sergeant Edward Philpot are set for one o'clock Tuesday at the Horse Creek Baptist Church in Manchester. Visitation will be Monday at six o'clock at the church.