Athens County Soldier's Remains Returned To Family


22-year-old Corey Smather's remains were received at Port Columbus International Airport Saturday evening.

Members of the Patriot Guard lead the way for the Smather's homecoming.
He was from Glouster, in Athens county.

His parents told 10TV he served one year in Afghanistan with the army and had been in Alaska since April of last year.
He had just a few months left in Alaska before he was scheduled to return home, which is why his family said his death is so difficult.

" We got him through the Afghanistan, he had a tour in Afghanistan, and he made it through alright. And we thought we were out of the woods. You just don't know God's plans" said his grandfather, Steve Nash.

His grandmother Donna Nash told 10TV, "There isn't any words you can describe, it's just a terrible feeling. They're supposed to bury us, we're not supposed to bury them."

Smathers' mother said the military is still investigating the cause of death.

And people in Glouster were lining the streets of his home town, welcoming the soldier home for the last time.

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