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Services for Fallen Guardsman Scheduled for Wednesday

Posted April 1, 2008

— Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday for Sgt. Blake Williams, of Tarboro, who was killed on March 22 while in action in Iraq.

Williams, 26, a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard, was serving his second tour in Iraq when he was killed by a roadside bomb.

Williams was one of three members of the 1132nd Military Police Company, headquartered in Rocky Mount, killed near Baghdad when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle while on patrol.

Also killed in the explosion was Sgt. Thomas C. Ray, 40, of Weaverville.

Ray's funeral was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Weaverville.


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  • 1crazygirl Apr 1, 2008

    Rest in Peace....

  • 2early4me Apr 1, 2008

    AMEN Worland - very well said. They paid the ultimate price for our country and they will never be forgotten.

  • Adelinthe Apr 1, 2008

    Praying for the loved ones of this valiant warrior, that God will comfort their hearts with the knowledge that this was his chosen calling.

    Praying also for all of our warrior's in harm's way, and for their loved ones here at home.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Worland Apr 1, 2008

    There's nothing any of us can say to ease the pain and sorrow of the family. I, for one, am grateful they raised such a fine young man who served his country so selflessly during a time of war.

    We take our "Freedom" for granted in this country. We are only "Free" because young men and women are willing to defend us from the things that go bump in the night. The American Serviceman has a proud tradition of liberating the oppressed from the clutches of tyranny. Not for political reasons, not for land or material gain, but because it IS the RIGHT thing to do.