Poplarville Soldier Laid To Rest

POPLARVILLE (WLOX) -- Hundreds of people came to Hart's Chapel Baptist Church in the Derby Community outside Poplarville Wednesday to honor Army Sergeant Lerando Brown.

Sergeant Brown died two weeks ago in Iraq after being shot in the chest. Just a few hours before his death, Sergeant Brown had made a phone call to his wife, Candice.

Brown's father-in law, the Reverend Jimmie Richardson called Sgt. Brown a man who loved his country dearly, and had volunteered for a tour in Iraq.

Major General Harold Cross awarded Brown the Mississippi Magnolia Cross - an honor given to Mississippi's fallen soldiers.

"There's a glorious, glorious place called home. And every home must be protected, and someone has to go forward and protect those homes. They wouldn't be here without brave men like Sergeant Brown. He gave his life for us," Major General Harold Cross said.

"He accomplished things in life that he personally wanted to accomplish. He talked about things in life he wanted to see done and those things were done, so we're here for a celebration this evening," church deacon Roosevelt Poole said.

The 27-year-old soldier was laid to rest at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Flags were presented to his wife and mother. Sergeant Brown also leaves behind two young sons.