Saturday, September 26, 2009

SFC (Ret.) Gervie L. Allred

Sergeant First Class Gervie L. Allred was born on July 21, 1929 in Union County, Mississippi. He passed away on September 20, 2009 at Temple, Texas.

SFC Allred service his country in the United States Army from 1951 until May 31, 1973. He served in Germany, France, Vietnam and Korea. His military decorations include two Bronze Stars, Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed working with wood, the outdoors, spending time in the garden and smoking a cigarette.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ema, one brother and his parents.

On the morning of September 26, more than thirty Patriot Guard Riders gathered at the American Legion Post in Copperas Cove, Texas for breakfast and for the mission briefing.

Riders then rode their motorcycles to the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, and formed a line of American flags at the entrance, to welcome family and friends arriving for the funeral services for SFC Allred.

At the conclusion of the services, the Riders rode in the funeral procession to the nearby cemetery. The Copperas Cove Police Department provided an escort for the procession.

At the cemetery, the Riders formed a flag line around the committal shelter. Full military honors were rendered to this American hero, including the playing of Taps. An Army honor guard folded the American flag, which had draped the coffin, and presented it to the family.

SFC Gervie L. Allred was laid to rest at 1220 hours, on the gentle, grassy slope of the Copperas Cove City Cemetery.

Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, a brother, a sister and numerous other family, including seven great-grandchildren.

(with thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for historical information)

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