HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Pine Belt community turned out to say a final farewell today to Army specialist Anthony Blount, a Petal native who was killed in Iraq earlier this month. A procession including local law enforcement and members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle organization brought the body of Specialist Blount to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Oak Grove for a funeral service this morning.
Later, that same procession made its way to Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg...the final resting place for the 21-year-old who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. During a graveside service, a rifle salute was fired and Taps was played. Then, a flag covering Blount's coffin was presented to his family. The ceremony concluded with the singing of America the Beautiful.
"He'll be missed so much," said 16-year-old Gunnar Thorderson, a member of Blount's church who attended the funeral. "He was doing what he felt in his heart and we just have to give them the honor and the glory," said Adalyn Hinton, who also attended the funeral.
Family members say Blount was scheduled to return home next month for the birth of his first child.