ARDMORE, Okla. -- A local solider who died fighting overseas was laid to rest on Tuesday. Funeral services for Micheal Phillips were held in Ardmore on Tuesday afternoon. Teddy Safo attended the services of a fallen hero.
Friends and those who knew him best say it is Micheal Phillips' smile they will remember most. On Tuesday, the soldier was buried in the town he called home.
Hundreds of family and friends gathered at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery Tuesday afternoon to pay their final respects to 19-year-old Micheal Phillips. Micheal was commonly known as "Pokey" to those who knew him best.
Last Sunday, Phillips was riding in a humvee in Baghdad, Iraq, when a roadside device exploded near the humvee he was riding in and killed him.
In addition to those who attended Tuesday afternoon's service, hundreds of others honored Phillips on Sunday by coming out of their homes and businesses to solemnly watch the motorcade that carried his remains from the airport to the funeral home.
A graduate of Ardmore High School, Phillips put his college plans aside so he could enlist in the military. During his senior year, he joined the Army, and later became part of the prestigious 101st Airborne Division.
Now, Phillips has arrived home for the last time.
Phillips is survived by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.