Sgt. Channing "Bo" Hicks was laid to rest Wednesday after a ceremony at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer.
Hicks, 24, of Greer, was killed in action along with Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark., on Nov. 16. The two men died from injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Paktika province with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire.
Hundreds of people attended Hicks' funeral, including several dozen members of the motorcycle club, Patriot Guard Riders, who formed an honor line at the church and at Hicks' final resting place at Wood Memorial Park cemetery in Duncan.
A member of the club said the Riders came out to show their respect, as well as to shield funeral-goers from any possible picketing from members of Westboro Baptist Church, a small hard-line fundamentalist church based in Missouri that has gained notoriety, and infamy, for picketing soldiers' funerals. Despite a threat from the church, it's members were a no-show on Wednesday.
A friend of Hicks called him "a warrior with a sweet soul. I can't believe he's gone. It's just surreal."
In addition to the outpouring of love and respect from those here in the Upstate, Channing also was memorialized on the floor of Congress on Wednesday by Rep. Trey Gowdy. See his floor speech honoring Hicks HERE.
At least three local fire departments also came out to pay their respects, some hoisting massive American flags from atop fully extended firetruck ladders.
Following the church service, Hicks was laid to rest with full military honors at the cemetery. After a short graveside eulogy, Hicks was honored with a 21-gun salute, and military officers presented tri-folded U.S. flags to immediate members of Hicks' family.
For more, check out Patch.com's photo coverage of the funeral in the gallery above.
Read more about Hicks' funeral service and what people had to say about him HERE.