GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A section of Highway 90 in Gautier is now named after a hometown hero. Master Sergeant Scott Pruitt was killed in Afghanistan two years ago.
A commemorative sign bearing Pruitt's name now sits along Highway 90 as a tribute to the Marine who lost his life while fighting on foreign soil. A few miles away, Tuesday, friends, family and community members gathered to celebrate the life of this father, son and brother.
"He could always make me laugh when I was not in the best of moods," Pruitt's Brother Dylann Rubio remembered. "I love you and I miss you every day, Scott."
There was hardly a dry eye in the room as Pruitt's fiancee also thanked the crowd for their support during this tough loss.
"It is greatly, greatly appreciated," Trish Lane said.
Pruitt mom's also fought back tears as she talked about her son's love for the Marines.
"Scott was a forever will be, one of the few, one of the proud, United States Marine," Lydia Hobson said.
She said her son began serving our country at the age of 19, and he made sure to represent South Mississippi well by excelling in all he did.
"He was an outstanding Marine; he moved up in rank very quickly. He was a very young Master Sergeant. He earned a lot of metals and awards," Hobson said.
His family said the dedicated Marine volunteered to serve in Afghanistan in 2012.
"He said, 'I have to go; I am retiring next year,'" said Hobson.
"This was his first deployment. He wanted to go experience it," Lane said.
Pruitt was killed two months after his deployment by a roadside improvised explosive.
"That kind of service over self is hard to overlook and it must not be ignored," one Gautier citizen said.
Thanks to this special dedication, Puritt's service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The section of the Highway that is named after Pruitt begins at Highway 57 and extends east to Beasley Road.