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Army Spc. Joseph M. LewisSpc. Joseph M. Lewis
Fallen Soldier's Welcome Home

Army Spc. Joseph M. Lewis' flag draped coffin arrived by a charter plane at 11:20 a.m., Wednesday (November 25, 2009), at Majors Airfield in Greenville, TX. To welcome him home were members of his family, friends, members of the fire department, police department, Army Reserves, 1st Calvary of Ft. Hood, PGR of North Texas.

SPC Joseph Michael Lewis, of Terrell, died on Nov. 17, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an IED.

He was born Sept. 25, 1983 in Dallas and attended L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, as well as Trinity Valley Community College in Terrell. SPC Lewis completed basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky in 2005. He was a Calvary Scout at Camp Casey in Korea for 1 1/2 years and at Fort Lewis in Washington before being deployed to Afghanistan. SPC Lewis was serving in Afghanistan in the 8th squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment, on the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

Joseph is survived by his wife, his infant daughter, parents, sister and her husband and their three children and three grandparents, as well as, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends who loved him dearly.

Once the plane landed it was given a fire truck water bridge salute. There was a somber transfer of the casket from the plane to a white coach. The family gathered around to welcome him home. Afterward, the procession was escorted by the state, local police and fire department. Also providing a motorcycle escort were members of the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders. The journey began with flag lined streets out of Majors Airfield and citizens of Greenville held signs, waved flags and held their hands over their hearts, while others saluted in a sign of respect. The procession continued south on Highway 34 south through the towns of Cash and Quinland.

As the procession entered the city limits of Greenville the streets were lined with flags and citizens came out to welcome the fifth fallen soldier since 2003. Finally, the procession arrived at the funeral home decorated with hundreds of small flags in the front lawn. Once the casket was taken inside the parents of Joseph spoke to the press. His mother spoke of her sons bravery. His father said, "We are celebrating his life because that is how he would have wanted it", as his voice began to break with emotion.

The entire family then made their way into the funeral home for a private viewing.

Information and Video by Jerry Castillo /

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