[UPDATE] Thomasville Welcomes Home Another Fallen Hero

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

[LAST UPDATED 11/27/10 at 5:41PM]

The streets of Thomasville were lined with American flags as residents gathered to say a silent 'thank you' and bid a final farewell to Army Specialist Shannon Chihuahua (11/27).

Says one resident, "Shannon died serving our country ... and we have to support him."

Chihuahua was killed while helping another soldier in Afghanistan on November 12th; the weight of his sacrifice is still heavy on community members' hearts.

Says Thomasville resident David Wilson, "We're here safe and they're not ... and they're giving their lives for us, we need to honor everything they do for us."

Chihuahua's funeral was held at the First Baptist Church in Thomasville. A slow procession carried him through town one last time as he was taken to be buried in Pelham.

Residents say the 25-year-old's death is a painful reminder than freedom is not free.

Residents say they line the streets with flags because it's important to physically show grieving families how much support they have in the community.

"They're fighting for us, and their family is important, too," Cairo resident Susan Wright explained.

"It brings a sense of pride to the town ... it brings the town together," says Pavo resident Cindy Brasington.

Thomasville residents say it is the least they can do to pay tribute to a man who paid the ultimate price protecting his country.

[UPDATE] 11-22 Noon --

The route for the funeral after the service at First Baptist Church in Thomasville will be:

Washington Street to Dawson Street
Dawson Street to Jackson Street
Jackson Street to Hwy 19
Hwy 19 to Pelham
In Pelham turn left on Hwy 93
Hwy 93 to Hwy 65
Hwy 65 to Hwy 112 and on to the cemetery.


Thomasville, Georgia --

Young and old lined the streets of Thomasville to pay their final respects to a local man who gave his all protecting our freedom.

Army Specialist Shannon Chihuahua was a medic, and died on November 12th in Afghanistan while helping another soldier.

Now, Thomasville community members are doing their best to say "thank you" for the fallen soldier's service.

"We're proud that our boys go and fight for our country, but we hate to bring them home ... like we did today," says Thomasville resident Tina Godwin.

Chihuahua was a 2004 graduate of Thomas County Central High School, also the Alma Mater of Chief Petty Officer David "Blake" McLendon, who was also killed while serving in Afghanistan, just 2 months ago.

As the motorcade bearing Chihuahua's remains drove into Thomasville, a silence settled over the crowds lining the street, as hundreds of American flags made a statement against the blue sky that words could not express.

Says Mike Sbarra, whose own son recently returned from Afghanistan, "There's no other place on Earth - and I've been around the world, a lot of places - there's no other place like Thomasville, Georgia to welcome home their fallen."

Thomasville residents say, though they can never do enough to thank Chihuahua and his family, they wanted to visibly show that he is appreciated and his memory will live on.

Visitation for Shannon Chihuahua will be Friday, the 26th, at Allen & Allen Funeral Home from 6-8pm.

The funeral will be the following Saturday, the 27th, at First Baptist Church at 1pm.

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  • by veronica Location: thomasville on Nov 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    I was overwhelmed by the turn out of people lining the streets to say farewell to Shannon. I am so very proud of the town I call home. People of race and age lined the streets from Thomasville to pelham. It didnt mastter who the casket held it was what it sttod for. Men and woman fight every day for us. God bless this land of ours. May the brave life on.
  • by Tim Location: South GA on Nov 26, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    I hope that everyone turns out for the funeral...
  • by old Marine 69-89 Location: havana on Nov 22, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    To the free man hiding in freeland. Keep hiding. To Temiki. I hope that is your real name. People who know you are probably embarrassed. Out of respect for someone who paid for the two of you the right to be idiots, I will leave most of my thoughts to myself. People like that should have to look at every picture in honor the fallen. 5771 to date. They all look so young. Thank you to Shannon and family.
  • by free man Location: freeland on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    I don't understand why fighting in afganistan makes us more free. free fom what?
  • by Jerry Location: Tennessee on Nov 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    Thanks Shannon for your sacrifice. May God bless you and your family for your service to our country. We wish we could see every one of our military come home safe, but sadly we can't. If not for soldiers like Shannon, we could never be free. May your children always know their father was a hero.
  • by Military Mom Location: Thomasville on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    Temeki should thank God for soldiers like him who volunteer to fight for their right to talk such stupidity. If they would like to reside in a country such as Afghanistan, I will help them pack and drive them to the airport. Judgment is God's job, not yours, so in the meantime keep your vile comments to yourself. None of the families sacrificing for your rights want to hear your idiocy. Rest in peace, young heroes, even morons like Temeki owe you a lot, they are just too selfish to care. I am BLESSED to live in the USA, know it and thank God for it every day.
  • by Barbara Location: Tallahassee on Nov 22, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    I would like to believe that Temiki was talking about the enemy that killed such a fine man. God Bless.
  • by Vicki Location: Tallahassee on Nov 22, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    God have mercy on Temeki!!!!! You didn't know this young man and you have NO right to judge him. You are the evil, cruel one. Keep your negative comments to yourself. May God give comfort to Shannon's family. He died a hero and I for one am appreciative of your sacrifice! Shannon also died for idiots like Temeki, that give her the right to spew her negativity, even though she is too STUPID to realize it!
  • by Mary Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Nov 22, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    To Temeki, You are the one that is evil. What kind of person posts such cruel words about a young man like this. If this was your father, brother, son or husband you would be blessed to have folks honor him in such a way. You don't have to agree with the politics of the war but shame on you for trying to disgrace his young life by your demeaning words. Obviously you don't have a clue!
  • by Iris Location: Valdosta, Ga on Nov 21, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    I would like to say to the family we are all praying for you. Our hearts go out to you. I am a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Keep your heads up and stay strong. You are not alone. Take care.
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