Sgt. Bailey's Funeral

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus native is layed to rest today after being killed, serving our country in Iraq. Nearly 500 family, friends and comrades attended Sergeant Lakeshia Bailey's funeral.

Inside the Follow Me Chapel people celebrate the life of Bailey.

"She was always smiling and she was just full of life all the time it seemed like nothing ever got her down," says Sergeant Allen Battle.

Outside the chapel holding American flags, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a national riding club, stand proud. Many of them are veterans. They didn't know Bailey but they know war. They know death.  And they respect the soldier who lost her life.

"I've been in the army for 20 years and lost a lot of people and it never gets any easier," says Battle.

Bailey grew up in Columbus and graduated from Spencer High School in 2004.   She was on her second tour of duty in Iraq as a motor transport operator when her vehicle rolled over last week killing her and another soldier.

Battle remembers Bailey as a very strong person, "When I say tough she would take grown men down that's how strong she was and that's how committed she was to her job."

At the close of the ceremony, the Patriot Guard Riders led the funeral procession to Bailey's final resting place in Fort Mitchell, Alabama.

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