UPDATE: Funeral Plans For Marine From Wilson

A Marine from Wilson killed in Afghanistan was scheduled to be laid to rest Monday.

SSgt. Leon Lucas, Jr., 32, died in Afghanistan on August 1 after being injured in combat in the Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Twentynine Palms, California.

The funeral for Lucas was planned for Monday in Jacksonville.
The service was scheduled for noon at Grace Baptist Church, 114 Roosevelt Road, Jacksonville. He was to be buried at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Lucas's obituary says he leaves behind a wife, two sons, and there was a baby on the way.



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A 32 year-old Marine from Wilson killed during combat operations in Afghanistan has traveled to Delaware to bring his body home.

The Wilson Daily Times reports Leon Lucas Sr. and his wife Teresa were at Dover Air Force Base on Thursday as Leon H. Lucas Jr.'s flag-draped coffin was removed from an airplane.

Leon Lucas Sr. is pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Wilson, and the man who led services Wednesday in Lucas' absence asked for prayers for the family.

Adrian Burden says funeral services for Leon Lucas Jr. have not been finalized.

Lucas leaves behind a wife, a 4-year-old son and a 2-year-old son. His family says the couple was expecting a third child in December.


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  • by Major Dad Location: ENC on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    With all the foolishness that is going on in Washington, D.C. with out politicians, out military continues to shed their blood and lay down their lives to defend this nation from those who would seek to destroy us. God bless our military and their family members who equally share the pain of service to our country. Rest in peace and Semper Fi.
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Rest in Peace, Marine. The few and the proud!
  • by Jen Location: Wilson on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    My heart goes out to the family of our fallen hero. May god bring you peace in your time of mourning.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 8, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this man as they go through this difficult time. It's sad to see that this newborn baby will never get the opportunity to meet his or her own father. Thank you for your service to this nation in fighting for our freedom. Another thing, I really feel like it needs to be time to end the war here soon. This is just messing America up financially and emotionally and it's taking away more lives. That saying thank you and RIP SSgt Lucas!
  • by bryan Location: selma on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    My family, our country and our world are better off for your sacrifce. I mourn for those left behind. They are the ones who suffer. I pray for the children, wife, and parents, that they will know the comfort of our Father in Heaven.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to bryan
      "My family, our country and our world are better off for your sacrifce." Really? Talk about hyperbole. Our country is more vulnerable today, than before the occupation of the Afghanistan. Our country is broke, and the terrorists population in increasing everyday we are over there. Our country, and your family by default, is not safer by any margin. The most tragic thing about his death is that it will be in VAIN because the jingoistic flag wavers in this country will be never admit that we are losing and cannot win, and insist that his death be avenged and continue the "good fight." We got Hussein and bin Laden. Let's call it quits and come home and focus on US for a change. Those soldiers are not protecting you from anything when they are on another continent; they would be better off here protecting communities from the real threat: gangs.
  • by Retired Enlisted Marine on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    Semper Fi Marine. My prayers to you your family and our brothers and sisters still serving.
  • by Beth on Aug 4, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    I want to thank the family of this American Hero. I am so sorry for your great and priceless loss. My Dad died on Okinawa in WWII. It is difficult, but take pride in what he did to make this a better country. God bless all of you. My prayers are for God's comfort and peace to surround you.
  • by militarymom on Aug 4, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    May God give peace and comfort to the Lucas family. My heartfelt prayers and appreciation for his service. I am sorry for your loss.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    This soldier should've been brought home to Wilson. RIP brother. Thank you for your sacrifice.
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