GARDEN CITY, Ga (WSAV) – A soldier with ties to Rincon, Georgia was laid to rest Saturday.
Army specialist Ronald Murray Jr. died a week ago serving in Kuwait.
It was a somber homecoming for the soldier but his friends and family celebrated his short life and the impact it had on their lives.
“I didn’t know it was possible to have your own fan club but Ronald has somehow pulled that off,” laughs Murray’s Aunt Sumayah Clark.
Specialist Murray was 23-years old. He went to high school in Gwinnett County, Georgia and was attending college in Albany.
“I am wearing this pink shirt because he wouldn’t want me in black, he definitely wouldn’t he was a jovial person,” says Corey Jones who knew Murray growing up.
The Department of Defense confirmed Murray died in a non combat related event where he was stationed in Kuwait. On base he was remembered for his hard work as much as his character.
“He would do a task and then he’d do a task that I wasn’t even thinking of yet, and I would be like ‘hey make sure you do this, make sure you do that.’ He’d be like, ‘sir I already got it’ and he’d just walk on away,” 1st Lt. Jonathon Gardner laughs talking about his time with Murray serving as his platoon leader.
His job was as a fire support specialist, helping perfect artillery fire, but also perfecting himself you see Murray had already received a high school diploma and was a few years into college before entering the service.
“The things he taught me about being a team is something I will carry with me for the rest of my career, and the rest of my life,” says the 1st Lieutenant.
Murray was nearing two years this upcoming January.
“It was a great opportunity to actually grow in someone’s spirit and you never know who will change your heart and Ronald L Murray aka Ron Ron did, I love him for it, thank you,” says Jones in closing.
Murray’s service was held at the Living Hope Community Fellowship and his body will be laid to rest in Pineland, South Carolina at the Cypress Creek Cemetery.