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Fallen soldier remembered for courage

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Death occurred during deployment to Afghanistan

By The Staff

Spc. Nathaniel D. Garvin was remembered as a courageous and good man Friday at his funeral in Radcliff.

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Garvin, 20, was laid to rest in Kentucky Veterans’ Cemetery-Central. His funeral was at Stithton Baptist Church.

Garvin, formerly of Radcliff, died July 12 while deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He served as an armament, electrical and avionics systems repairer.

Chaplain Randall Thomas led the service, which began with an instrumental version of “America the Beautiful.”

Thomas said Garvin’s death was a reminder of “the fragile state of our mortality.”

“We are all fragile creatures,” he said.

Garvin’s friends and family remembered his inquisitiveness and intelligence, with an ability to build and deconstruct computers “that would even make Bill Gates blush,” Thomas said.

Thomas cited Garvin’s courage, going back to his childhood when his mother, Melanie, remembered him climbing trees without any fear of falling.

“He was known for his strong and fearless demeanor,” Thomas said.

Throughout the eulogy, Thomas compared Garvin’s life to that of a rose. Roses are considered special gifts by many, despite knowing they do not last.

“Although the rose eventually dies, the memory continues to be vibrantly kept alive,” he said.

A video was shown that included pictures of Garvin, starting with baby pictures and continuing into adulthood. The pictures showed many happy Christmases and birthdays when he was young, as well as the family he had started for himself. He is survived by his wife, Brittany, a daughter, Kayleigh, and a son, Wyatt.

Brittany Garvin is a Hodgenville native.

At the burial service, Maj. Gen. Sean Byrne, commander of Human Resources Command, spoke of the good man Garvin was.

“That was very clear in the video we all saw today,” he said.

Byrne said it was clear that Garvin had touched a lot of lives, because the crowd gathered at the cemetery was one of the largest he had seen there.