Thomas County residents bid a final farewell to Senior Chief Petty Officer David 'Blake' McLendon.
McLendon was killed last week , along with 8 other soldiers, in southern Afghanistan when the helicopter he was flying in was shot down.
Today, friends, family, and neighbors said "thank you" to the brave sailor who gave his life for his country. As the funeral procession drove on its way to Sunset Gardens Memorial cemetery, Thomasville locals stood at the side of the road waving American flags, and a large group of motorcycles and law enforcement officials flanked the hearse.
McLendon's Alma Mater, Thomas County Central High School, hosted his funeral service; people came in droves to pay their last respects to the local hero.
Former teachers say they are proud to have known someone who would sacrifice everything in the line of duty. They say his memory will live on in the residents of Thomasville.