I just received some sad news today. News that you don’t want to hear but you realilze will eventually come when you have family in the military during a time of war.
Chauncey Ryan Mays, 25, of Cookeville, Texas was was one of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom who died Feb. 28 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.
His funeral service will be Friday at Lake Fork Baptist Church in Alba. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Harmony Cemetery in Winnsboro.
Chauncey was my second-cousin on my Spangler side. I didn’t know him personally but I did know of him due to my genealogy research. He is the second-great-grandson of my great-aunt, Louisia Ann (Spangler) Mays.
I’m saddened to hear this but proud also. He gave his life defending what he believed in!
My biggest prayer today? I pray that God keep any of the crazies that like to protest military funerals away from his! He deserves a special funeral and I am glad to read about people lining the highways and tying yellow ribbons on poles in honor of our fallen soldier.
As soon as I see an obituary I will post it. As of yet, I have only seen the news report on-line. My sister-in-law posted it today, not even aware of the direct relationship to us. Here is the link to that report: http://heraldbanner.com/local/x740868749/Fallen-soldier-returning-Wednesday
R.I.P. Chauncey! I pray God give strength to your young wife and to the rest of your family during this time. I appreciate all that you gave up to defend my freedoms! Rest now in God’s strong hands and enjoy meeting your loved ones there in heaven!