Wayne County soldier's body to return home Thursday

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Wayne County soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Eric Newman, 30, is scheduled to arrive in Meridian Thursday at noon and will be brought to his hometown of Waynesboro for burial.

He was killed last week when his squad was hit by an improvised explosive device.

Visitation for Sgt. Newman will be held Friday from 5-9 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

Funeral services will be at 11 p.m. Saturday at the Freeman Chapel with burial to follow at Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery on Hebron Drive in Wayne County.

Officials hope Wayne County residents will line the streets Thursday to pay honor and tribute to Eric Newman.

His body is expected to be returned to Wayne County

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