Kansas Church Nowhere to be Found at LCpl Twitty's Funeral

By: Steve Fullhart & Pachatta Pope Email
By: Steve Fullhart & Pachatta Pope Email

Westboro Baptist Church did not show up at Sunday's events in Bedias surrounding the funeral of Lance Corporal Bobby Twitty.

Two locations were designated by local authorities for the demonstration to occur, though none were used by anyone connected with the Topeka, Kansas church, whose members preach that America's acceptance of homosexuality and adultery is causing God to take American lives in Iraq.

Also of note, the group would have only been allowed to demonstrate until 1 p.m., according to Brown, who spoke will local authorities. The funeral was scheduled to take place beginning at 2 p.m.

Westboro's website, as of early Sunday afternoon, still listed a picketing scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at Bedias Baptist Church. That obviously falls outside the window local authorities gave for demonstrations. Friday, officials with Westboro said no more than 10 demonstrators would be showing up.

LCpl Twitty's funeral procession began at Madisonville passing what seemed to be the whole town lined up along the route to his hometown of Bedias.

The American Legion Auxiliary's 7th District President Sharon Phelps said Sunday’s community ceremony was held to acknowledge Twitty’s sacrifice.

"We're here to honor that young man and he died over in Iraq fighting for our country," Phelps said. "He was there for us and we're here for him."

The fallen Marine attended high school in Madisonville and that was enough for them to claim him as one of their own. So, they stood with sorrow, but with pride in the type of man he had become.

The procession made its way onto Highway 90 toward Bedias
for the funeral service. Along the route, grateful Americans stood saluting him with red, white, and blue.

Outside the church in Bedias where Twitty was eulogized, the Patriot Guards stood in 93 degree heat mixed with humidity for two hours without wavering, symbolizing how Twitty stood up for his country--strong.

In the crowds, both those who did and did not know Twitty grieved for his family and wanted to encourage them.

Travis Hough was a friend or Twitty and said he is going to miss him.

"It's a sad day that he's gone but like they said he's resting in peace now,” Hough said. “God's taking care of him."

Flora Ashford never met Twitty but said she knows how important it is to strengthen the family of military men and women. Her husband was recently deployed to Iraq.

"Just to support the family and let them know that there are people who care,” Ashford said. “And that we support them and love them."

At Twitty's final resting place, his immediate family, Marine brothers, and the entire that community watched him go from a boy to a man and an American hero--said goodbye for the last time.

An additional note: members of American Veterans Post 105, which was just established in Bedias recently, will rename their post after Twitty, who was raised in the small Grimes County town.


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