Monday, April 14, 2008

Army Sgt. Scotty Lee Roberson

Remember Our Heroes

Sgt. Scotty Lee Roberson, age 25 of Brooks,GA, passed away Monday, April 14, 2008 due to a car accident.

Sgt. Roberson was a member of National Guard's Troop E, 108 Cav, 48 Brigade Combat team out of Griffin and served from 2005-2006 in Iraq with Troop E. He was presently a member of the 148 Brigade Support Battalion out of Forsyth.

He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and was employed by Yamaha Motor Manufacturing in Newnan and the Fayette Daily News. He was a 2001 graduate of Griffin High School, an Eagle Scout and 1996 Olympic Torch Bearer.

Scotty was a proud veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and he had been scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in 2009.

RE: SGT. Scotty Roberson, National Guard, Griffin, GA, 17, 18, 19 APR 08
by Wordsmith

Ride report for SGT. Scotty Roberson. Georgia Warrior lived and died in America. We live our lives and sometimes staying blind to the dangers that life presents. This soldier did a combat tour in Iraq and came back home only to have the dangers of life take him from us too soon.

Scotty was born Thursday September 30, 1982
Scotty died Monday April 14, 2008

I received the call that we had a soldier killed in a car accident on Tuesday April 15, 2008 late in the evening. Wednesday morning I made the phone call to the family of Scotty Roberson. I finally had a chance to talk to Scotty's mother, Jackie around 3pm and she told me that we absolutely had the invitation to honor her son. She said that Scotty knew about the PGR and would love that we would be there for him. We were there when he came home from Iraq and it was only fitting we took him on his final ride.

The planning was short notice and so everything was accelerated to get it completed. We had visitation Thursday and Friday April 17 & 18. The family was very grateful that we stood there with flags for their son. We touched the hearts of the soldiers that served with Scotty and several thanked us for being there for Scotty now and when he returned from Iraq with the 48th. We had a good turnout of PGR for the visitation. Very good 2 days of visitation to honor this soldier.

Saturday April 19, 2008 started out wet and rainy in the morning. The services were at 2pm and the weather cleared midmorning to break into a beautiful day fit for this hero. The riders started to roll in around 12 noon to prepare for the flag line. We setup the flag line at 1245 while the family and friends arrived and held the line until 2pm. We stood down for approx. 40 minutes while the services were going on inside the chapel. The services concluded and we had the flag line moved to surround the hearse as our soldier was carried out by the honor guard. This soldier had the special honor of be carried by the brothers he served in combat with in Iraq. This is a close knit unit and they all were deeply moved at the loss of their brother and friend. The PGR provided 4 flagged bikes in front of the hearse and 4 flagged bikes behind to escort Scotty and the family cars were followed by our other flagged bikes. We had short escort to Scotty's final resting place and all cars along the way stopped as our hero past.

We arrived at the cemetery and setup the flag line around the family as his brothers in arms carried him to his final resting place. The Army rendered full honors to this hero and said their goodbyes. The PGR presented the condolence book to the mother to conclude the services.

The PGR touched the lives and hearts of many this weekend and ever so slightly took some of the pain away by showing the family that they do not mourn alone and that true Americans do exist that will always be there in the worst of times. Thank you to all who made this a memorable day for the family.

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