(LAWRENCE CO.) – Many people lined State Road 446 to pay tribute to Lance Cpl. Hunter Logan Brown as his funeral procession passed through Lawrence County on the way to his final resting place at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Bloomington.
Lance Cpl. Brown, 21, died March 17th at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
He was the beloved son of Amy and Buddy Fletcher of Seymour and Stacy and Melissa Brown of Springville. He was married to his best friend, Vanessa Brown, of Sneads Ferry, NC.
“I knew the Brown family and was glad to see people show up and pay tribute to him,” said Troy Johnson of the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department.
The Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department blocked traffic at State Road 446 and U.S. 50 East, and the Pleasant Run Township VFD blocked traffic at Indiana State Road 58 and State Road 446.
Many who paid tribute waved United States flags and saluted the fallen Marine as his hearse rolled passed.
Firefighters, police officers, and many from the area paid their respects to the family.
Brown graduated from Bloomington South and joined the Marine Corps directly out of high school. He graduated from MCRD San Diego Boot Camp and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC.
He was known for his patriotism, sense of humor and his love of movies, video games, and SpongeBob. He was an old soul. You would often see him wearing his fedora hat while listening to Frank Sinatra. He loved to write poetry and his favorite food was pizza from Pizza X where he worked in high school.
Brown adored his younger sisters and enjoyed spending time with them while home on leave. He dreamed of one day becoming a theatre teacher and sharing his love of theatre with others.
Several motorcycles were also in the procession as they made their way to Bloomington.
With the COVID-19 Health pandemic, many did not get to pay respects in the normal fashion and this was a way to show support to the family in their time of grief.
The Chamber of Commerce in Seymour gave out carnations to put on a fence at the funeral home in Seymour. The Seymour community also lined the streets to pay tribute to the family.