A crowd of over 700 people filled the 900 seat Yanceyville Civic Center, while about 50 members of the Patriot Guard Riders stood vigil outside. It was time to say farewell to a fallen soldier. Colby Lee Richmond has made his final journey home.
Ten pastors from area and family churches joined the family in a celebration of life. Colby, also known as “the “Rich man”,” and the “hugger,” had made many friends and touched many lives. And there were many in the town and churches, temples, and congregations in the community, and from as far away as Tennessee, who sent or gave their personal tributes and words of sorrow and praise.
“He was a soldier, a protector of God’s people. No longer should Memorial Day be the beginning of summer. Here it will be a time to remember Colby Lee Richmond,” said one speaker.
Sgt. Richmond’s wife, Shandra, and only son, Kylei, received posthumous awards of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, and service medals awarded to Sgt. Richmond.
The mood was joyous as the family, friends, and community eulogized and paid tribute to him.
Local and area members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion joined Yanceyville Post 7316 as they honored the loss of one of their own. Post Commander Fred Smith counted 19 post participants and two additional VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
The most senior officer present was Brigadier General John R. O’Connor, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, with duties as commanding general, Army Materiel Command-Southwest Asia and G-4, U.S. Army Central Command. Sgt. Richmond’s Commanding Officer also attended.
We especially appreciate the services of the Patriot Guard Riders who stood vigil at the service and at the interment in Milton, NC. They helped ensure that our local hero’s funeral was undisturbed. Our Sgt. Colby Lee Richmond deserved no less.