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Marine killed in Afghanistan remembered in Monday service

Sgt. Garret Misener Sgt. Garret Misener

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Family and friends said goodbye to a Mid-South Marine Monday at Bellevue Baptist Church.

While Amazing Grace was played by bagpipes, the flag-draped coffin of Sgt. Garret Misener came into a church filled with sorrow and honor.

Misener served seven years as a Marine in a career that included six tours of duty.  His final tour, in Afghanistan, ended last Sunday when he stepped on an improvised explosive device.

"Garrett was a lot of things to a lot of people: a son, a brother, and a friend, but above all he was a Marine, and proud of it," said Jonathan Richardson.

Friends say, even as a boy, Misener planned to join the Marines. His mother made him wait until he was 18 years old.

"You couldn't touch Garrett's arms without thinking of steel. He was an amazing specimen," said Rev. Phil Newberry. "He's more alive today than he ever was during 25 years of life."

Misener played a stand-up bass at Bellevue Baptist as a teenager.  The church's music director, Rev. Carter Threlkeld, once visited his former pupil after an overseas tour.

"I heard the ring of freedom in his voice," Threlkeld said. "Many people all over the world have heard the ring of freedom for the first time because of men like this."

Misener's body was escorted out of the church by fellow Marines, as Amazing Grace played overhead.

Another memorial service is planned for later this week in New Mexico, where Misener will be buried.

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