Many in Lance Corporal Jonathan Thornsberry's hometown of McDowell filled a small church Friday to show their support for the family and pay their respects to a fallen soldier.
Family members say after months of enduring combat in Iraq, Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan Thornsberry took leave in July and found God at his hometown church. He returned to Iraq a few weeks later, only to be killed by a roadside bomb in October.
"My prayers go out to the family and friends and all the men and women that are over there serving this country right now," said Roy Mullins.
Friday morning the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church in McDowell was filled with more than 300 people honoring the memory of their local hero.
"I've known him every since he'd been in the world. When he was born and everything," said Edward Moore.
Dozens of members of veterans groups and military filed into the chapel before the ceremony to salute Thornsberry. Many loved ones say they are going to try and remember the good times.
"He was tough, he was a good ball player and there wasn't no finer a boy that he was," said Mullins.
Local buildings were decorated to show their support for Thornsberry and his family.
"We're going to miss him, miss him bad," Moore said.
Thornsberry leaves behind a wife, a young daughter, and an entire community that will forever remember their local hero.
After the funeral, several community members placed flags along the roads in McDowell leading up to the cemetery where Thornsberry was laid to rest with full military honors.