Fallen soldier comes to Chiefland on way home

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Public urged to turn out for procession at 11 a.m. Wednesday

By Ryan Butler

The public is being asked to turn out Wednesday at 11 a.m. to honor the sacrifice of a 23-year-old solider who lost his life with five other soldiers when they were attacked in Afghanistan.

While U.S. Army Spec. Clarence Williams III called Brooksville, not Chiefland, his home, his body will spend time in Chiefland at Carnegie Funeral Home before reaching its eventual destination in the Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Williams will be met at the city's southern boundry by Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas and a crew of eight to 10 police officers, Levy County Sheriff's deputies, military recruiters from the Chiefland office and Florida state Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) who represents the area.

The Chiefland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 will also have an honor guard in attendance. 

The groups will escort the fallen soldier along south Main Street through the town to Carnegie Funeral Home on County Road 345.

"It's an honor for us to be able to escort him," Douglas said. "It's the least we can do."

A visitation is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Brooksville. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday at Living Waters Worship Center in Ocala. He will be laid to rest in Bushnell on Monday.

Williams was in a group of soldiers who came under hostile fire attack and hit by  improvised explosive devices in Maidan Shahr in Wardak Province in Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas. 

Williams and his five comrades were returned to American soil on July 12 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. His body will be flown to McDill Air Force Base on Wednesday morning and then transported by hearse to Carnegie.