Traverse City -- U.S. Army Sgt. Dillon Black Foxx's flag-draped casket stopped Traverse City residents in their tracks.
Foxx, 22, of Traverse City, died Feb. 5 from a bomb explosion in western Afghanistan, where he was serving his second tour of duty. His body arrived in Traverse City about 9:40 a.m. Thursday, and was met by family members, a military honor guard and an honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cherryland Post 2780.
"They drove us around town from the airport and I was impressed with the way the town turned out. People pulled over and saluted and put their hands on their hearts," said Chad Stewart, Foxx's older brother and a U.S. Marine.
"I really appreciate the way the town turned out. It affects the family, but it also affects the whole community," he said.
Foxx was a forward observer with the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Memorial services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. in Traverse City, following visitation at 10 a.m. A luncheon to honor Foxx will be held immediately following the service at the VFW hall at 3400 Veterans Drive in Traverse City. The public is welcome to attend both events.
Foxx is survived by his mother, Trina Pfau, of Manton; his father, Robert Lentz of Tennessee; his 7-month-old son, Kaiden Levi Foxx; four siblings -- two brothers and two sisters -- and a large extended family.
"He was always a caring person for everybody. He was the type to give you the shirt off his back. He was smart and funny," Stewart said.
He said Foxx also was "kind of quiet" and often occupied himself by reading books. Foxx was a 2006 graduate of Traverse City West Senior High School.
Reports from the U.S. Department of Defense said Foxx died when a bomb exploded near his unit while on patrol in the Murghab District in western Afghanistan.
Foxx enlisted in the Army in May 2006 when he was 18, about a year after moving to Traverse City from Tennessee. He was deployed to Afghanistan for a 15-month tour in January 2007.
Foxx was promoted to sergeant in January 2009 and sent to Afghanistan for a second tour of duty in August, according to military records.
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