TAYLOR COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Command Sergeant Major Tim Bolyard was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month when two Afghan officers opened fire with a rifle and machine gun, according to the New York Times.
He was brought home to his family at the North Central WV Airport on September 13th. His procession passed through downtown Grafton, and his alma mater Grafton High School, where an old friend was waiting.
"Looking back on Tim's military career and all of his accomplishments it's perfect," said childhood friend Steve Louzy. "It takes a man like that who doesn't get high and low. He stays even and is a great leader and it shows in all of his accomplishments in the military."
After graduating from Grafton High, Sgt. Bolyard joined the Army. He was deployed seven times during his 24 year career, earning himself six Bronze Stars. He was less than two months away from retirement.
"It hits really close to home. But more importantly we are proud of what Tim did for our country. Not just Grafton, but for our entire country."
The procession included family, friends, local and state police, and other emergency response units. All of them drove through the town to show respect, and deliver Sgt. Bolyard to his final resting place.
"To me it's very important for this community to show what Tim meant to us," said Louzy. "I have messages on messages from the family of thankfulness."
Looking back, Tim's old friend and football buddy was happy to have known him and is happy he is finally home.
"If I ever had a son, Tim is exactly what I'd want my son to be."
Sgt. Bolyard leaves behind a wife, three children, and three grandkids.
A viewing will be held at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton on Tuesday, September 18th from 12-8PM. His funeral will be Wednesday, September 19th at the Message of Freedom Church at noon.