Hundreds come to pay respects to fallen E.KY soldier

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Private First Class Dustin Napier gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in Afghanistan. The 20-year-old was shot to death while playing volleyball with other soldiers in Qatar, Aghanistan.

“He was just a good young man,” said Danny Valentine, who knew Napier from a very young age.

Fellow veterans, law enforcement, public officials, family and friends came to the London Funeral Home Wednesday night to thank and remember him. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders braved the cold and said they consider it a privilege to hold flags to pay respects to the fallen soldier.

“Everybody loves the family, it was an honor for us to be there,” said Valentine, the State Captain.

Those who knew him said that they know he was destined to defend our country.

“I can remember him when he was smaller, he always wanted to be a soldier if you see him out somewhere he was in fatigues,” said Valentine.
“I mean he always wore his camos and loved to play war.”

Napier was a member of the JROTC at South Laurel High School. Those close to him said that the army was his life and passion. The funeral for Napier will be held at the London Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Jan. 20.

He is survived by his wife, Tabitha (Sturgill) Napier of Eolia, KY, step son Lane Robison of Hennessey, OK, parents Darrell and Marianne Napier, his brother Darrell Dean Napier, and grandparents Monica Paul and James Napier, all of London. He is also survived by his brother Christopher Bittner of Mainesville, OH.

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