Skip to comments.Soldier laid to rest
Posted on 09/23/2007 3:28:14 AM PDT by SLB
RADCLIFF It wasnt only family and friends who arrived at Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff on Saturday to honor the memory of Pfc. Sammie Phillips. Some 200 or more Patriot Guard Riders and community members stood outside the church and lined the drive with American flags.
Phillips funeral began at 2 p.m., and he was buried at North Hardin Memorial Gardens following the service. The riders and others attended the burial as well, again lining the drive into the cemetery and the path to the graveside.
Phillips, 19, was in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He was killed Sept. 10 in Rustamiyah, Iraq, when his vehicle overturned while conducting a traffic control mission.
Chaplain Jay Padgett told the 1,000 or so in attendance including Gov. Ernie Fletcher, his wife, Glenna, and U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis, R-Cecilia, that they should focus on hope.
Sometimes we get so caught up in loss that we forget to celebrate life, he said.
And that was what those in attendance did. Friends including a former babysitter spoke of their favorite memories of Phillips, eliciting tears and laughter from the congregation. Letters from Phillips mother, Rachel Crutcher, and his wife, Ashley, were read.
Crutchers letter began with her memories of Phillips birth.
He was someone special, and I knew right then that hed be an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with, she wrote.
Many laughed when Crutchers letter spoke of Phillips getting into trouble as a child, but it said she knew he would grow to be a good man.
Crutcher wrote that she was trying not to be selfish for her loss, but proud that God picked her son to be with him.
I know youre in heaven saying, Momma, dont cry. I got this, the letter read.
Ashley Phillips letter also spoke of her grief, but said how happy she was to have had three years with him.
You went from my high school sweetheart to my husband, she wrote.
A slideshow put together by Ashley Phillips sister depicting Phillips throughout his life was played.
Padgett ended the service by telling those gathered that it was OK to cry and grieve. He said as a chaplain, he often asks soldiers with all they do to prepare for combat, if they are prepared spiritually as well.
Padgett said Phillips would have said yes.
A few members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., who protest soldiers funerals and were expected to attend, were across the street from the church, but hardly could be seen or heard because of the large crowd. The protesters left before the funeral ended.
Link to post with pics by FReeper Stonewall Jackson.
God Bless Pfc. Sammie Phillips and his family.
Thank You for being there.
I just watched the early morning news from Louisville. They opened with a shot of the freak show from Kansas.
mission accomplished. The one thing the Phelpsholes fear most is a lack of attention. Blow them off -- it makes them crazy.
I have to love the PGR. The power of quiet -- or noisy - dignity is undeniable.
The Westboro cult did get some attention. It seems some of the local folks found their cars. Somehow the windows ended up with a really dark tint on them, in fact it was totally black.
Good work. Wish I could have been there.
As black as their hearts.
MSM sucks..........they put evil in the light and keep good in the dark. There should have been nothing but the story of the soldiers ultimate sacrifice for his family, friends and country and those that turned out to celebrate his life and pay respect to his family and friends for their and our nations loss.........
Again , thanks to you and Stonewall Jackson for being there for us........Stay safe ~
No the brightest move, because the Pelpsholes live to provoke an angry response and then sue for it. That's how they fund their operations. But if someone blacked out their windows and got away, that's a damn dirty shame. Tee hee hee.
Thanks Star, knew the PGR would "take care" of things
There were about twenty-five police officers nearby, and not one of them saw a darned thing.
Funny how sometimes the cops all happen to be looking the wrong way at the same time. Kind of like pro wrestling referees.
"I see nothing!"
“There were about twenty-five police officers nearby, and not one of them saw a darned thing.”
Funny how that works.
Bless you for being there!
All our best to you from the Maine PGR!
Thanks for the report SLB.
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