Saying Goodbye to Thomson Soldier

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

August 3, 2005
Hundreds showed up to say goodbye to Sergeant James Kinlow. News 12 has the final farewell to a soldier who died fighting for our country.

Sergeant James Kinlow knew exactly who he wanted on his funeral program. He actually wrote it out months before his death. And the same pastor he picked to marry he and his wife is the same one he picked to do his eulogy.

“To me it just didn’t seem like he knew he was coming back because he said he wants his funeral at First Baptist Church and he wants his pastor to preach it,” said Rev. Dennis Quinn, First Baptist Church.

But nothing could prepare his wife Daphanie and kids, Chauncey and Chelsea, for the devastating news out of Iraq after Sergeant Kinlow’s humvee hit a roadside bomb a week ago killing three other Army Reservists from the 48th Brigade.

“I believe he had to have a great love to die for a country and to even die for people when part of them don’t even like you,” Quinn said.

John Barbara Holz came on behalf of their son who is serving overseas in the 48th Brigade as well. They haven’t heard from him in six weeks, the uncertainty is hard to bear.

“Having not heard from him makes a difference in how we feel when we see and hear about these soldiers,” Barbara Holz said.

And before Sgt. Kinlow volunteered to fight overseas he was a part of the National Guard unit out of Thomson for 16 years.

“God doesn’t make any mistakes. Everything happens for a reason and they are a God fearing family so I don’t think they will have a problem moving on,” said Johnny Hearst, Army Reservist 214th.

Hard to accept the flag draped coffin and leaving many family and friends wondering why.

“It always happens somewhere else it never happens at home,” Quinn said.

But the reality that the flags are at half-staff in Lincolnton reminds us of a brave soldier who paid the ultimate price.

Sergeant Kinlow was buried at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.


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