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.
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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