The family of an Upstate fallen soldier is remembering a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Greer native Sgt. Channing "Bo" Hicks was killed Friday when his unit was attacked with explosives and small arms fire, according to Department of Defense officials.
Late Monday night, Hicks' father and grandmother returned home from Delaware. They wanted to be there when his body was flown back to the United States.
The Hicks family said it was in ninth grade, just after 9/11, when Hicks set his mind on joining the Army, and nothing was going to stop him.
"When most high school seniors graduate they go to the beach and have fun," said Hicks' uncle, Dennis Hicks. "Bo, when he graduated, eight days later he went to basic training, that's how serious and dedicated he was."
Family said the beloved redheaded son, brother, nephew and father loved his country and his community on a level that's hard to measure up to.
"He didn't know none of y'all, but he was standing up for you," said Dennis Hicks.
Bo Hicks served two tours in Iraq before volunteering for this tour in Afghanistan, he was due home in just three months.
Family said, in the short amount of time he was able to spend at home, he worried about his brothers overseas, and that's why now they're working to set up funds in his name for the Wounded Warriors Project and Fallen Soldiers.
"Some of his friends that he was with lost limbs and have fallen also," said Dennis Hicks. "That's the only way we can really honor him at this moment."
But they said the honest and noble man brought back a message about war with him his last visit home in May.
"He said it's hard to go stand up for these people and they don't even want your help," said Dennis Hicks. "But he said, 'I'll do it because there's a small amount that do. But most don't, so it's hard to do sometimes, but I'll just keep pressing on."
Visitation for Hicks will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer. The church is located at 1300 Locust Hill Rd., and Hicks' funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the church as well.
Following the funeral, Hicks will be buried with full military honors at The Wood Memorial Park, which is located at 863 Gap Creek Rd. in Duncan, SC.
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