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Stories Added - October 14, 2007 - October 21, 2007
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Fallen Liberty County hero
Big Thicket Messenger - October 2007

A Liberty County man is one of the latest casualties of the way in Iraq,. Lance Corporal Jeremy Wade Burris, 22, was killed on Sunday, October 8, 2007 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was a Marine and was part of the Fourth Marine Division. Burris was reportedly driving a five-ton truck when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded. Two other Marines were in the truck with Burris and they were both seriously injured. After the explosion Burris helped to evacuate his fellow Marines before returning to the truck to retrieve equipment. Upon his second arrival to the truck, a second explosion occurred, which took his life. The Burris family has two other sons in the military. Stephen is in the Navy, stationed in South Carolina and Bryan is in the United States Army stationed at Camp Speicher in Iraq.. Many Liberty Countians paid their final respects to a fallen hero by waving American flags and showing their love to a true ‘hero’ that happened to be one of their own citizens. Flags were flown at half-staff to also show respect. Funeral services for Lance Corporal Jeremy Wade Burris, 22, of Liberty, were held Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Liberty. Burial followed in Cooke Memorial Cemetery, Liberty. He was born December 3, 1984, in Austin, the son of Brent and Karla Burris. Jeremy attended Lee College in Baytown and a community college in Tacoma, Washington after completing high school. He attended Cornerstone Church in Liberty prior to moving to Washington. He passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2007, near the city of Al Quam in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq while serving his country. His grandparents, John and Meryl Cox and uncle, John Alan Cox, preceded him in death. Survivors include his parents, Brent and Karla Burris of Liberty; brothers and sisters, Bryan, Stephen, Nathan, Rebekah, Joel and Bethany; and his grandparents, D.F. and Billie Burris. To view website, go to allisonfuneralservices.com. Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.











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