CHATTANOOGA (WATE) – Staff Sgt. David Wyatt was buried with full honors Friday at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Wyatt’s funeral was held Friday afternoon at Hixson United Methodist Church.
Hundreds of people turned out along the procession route to pay their respects to Wyatt. The Chattanooga National Cemetery was silent as hundreds of Boy Scouts, patriot riders and others mourning the loss of staff Sgt David Wyatt, lined the route which stretched for miles through Chattanooga.
Wyatt was buried with full honors, including bagpipes, a military flyover, the 21 gun salute and “Taps,” all honoring the fallen Marine.
“Everything I’ve heard about him and his fellow Marines just paints a picture of a wonderful human being, a dedicated serviceman and a dedicated family man and I’m sure he will absolutely be missed,” said Lt. Col. Tanya Murdock, director of public affairs.
Wyatt’s body arrived in Nashville Thursday from Dover, Delaware, where he was dressed and prepared. The hearse then began the processional route to Chattanooga.
An obituary posted on the website of the Chattanooga Funeral Home – North Chapel said Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, 35, one of the five service members killed when a shooter attacked during a shooting spree at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site, will be buried in the place he called home.
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“Because of his love for the Chattanooga community and their outpouring of support during this time, his family has chosen to lay him to rest in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors,” Wyatt’s family said in his obituary.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corp that served with Wyatt will be active and honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, family is asking contribution be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Toys for Tots or the Forgotten Child Fund.
The obituary goes on to say that “David will always be remembered for the heroic way in which he lived, served, and died.” Thoughts and memories can be shared for the family at www.ChattanoogaNorthChapel.com.
The director of Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe confirmed to WTVC that Smith will also be buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery. A date for Smith’s funeral has not been announced.
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From the obituary:
Staff Sgt. David Allen Wyatt, age 35, of Hixson, selflessly gave his life Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee while protecting his Chattanooga community, his country and his fellow Marines. David will always be remembered for the heroic way in which he lived, served, and died.
He was born November 7, 1979 in Morganton, North Carolina. He grew up in Ozark and Russellville, Arkansas. One of David’s proud accomplishments was achieving the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.
He graduated from Russellville High School in 1998 and attended Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, Arkansas Tech, and MSU in Missoula, Montana.
Following the events of 9/11, being the longtime patriot he was, David joined the United States Marine Corp. He graduated Boot Camp from Parris Island, South Carolina which began an eleven year career that led him to serve in multiple locations including Okinawa, Japan, 29 Palms, California, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Kuwait, and Korea. He courageously fought in Operation Freedom in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
David was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend and will be remembered for his dry humor.
He had participated in the Toys for Tots campaign and was recently assigned as the coordinator for the up-coming drive for 2015.
His grandparents, Ned & Fern Wyatt, Robert Edward Fox, Patricia Ann Fox, and Connie Jean Fox preceded him in death.
He is survived by his loving wife of 10 ½ years, Lorri Wyatt; his daughter, Rebecca Wyatt and his son, Heith Wyatt all of Hixson; father and stepmother, Allen & Michelle Wyatt of St. Augustine, Florida; mother and stepfather, Deborah & Martin Boen of Atkins, Arkansas; sisters, Dawne (Bryan) Trent of Conway, Arkansas; Elizabeth (Maj. Scot) Kleinman of San Diego, California; Chauntisy (James) Ayers; Chesleigh (Joseph) Palmer of; brothers, Thomas M. Fleenor of Charleston, South Carolina; Jeremiah A. Wyatt of St. Augustine, Florida; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Because of his love for the Chattanooga community and their outpouring of support during this time, his family has chosen to lay him to rest in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.
National Compassion Fund
The National Compassion Fund has started a fundraising campaign to help the immediate and long-term needs of the victims and their families. You can donate online or text “Hope” to 84465 to make an automatic $10 donation. You can also mail a check payable to “National Compassion Fund” with “Chattanooga” in the memo field to:
National Center for Victims of Crime
PO Box 360861
Pittsburgh, PA 15251-6681
The organizations says 100 percent of the funds received are distributed directly to the victims and their families.