He told them not to be angry, and now, the family of a fallen Lubbock soldier is trying to follow that order. Army Sergeant Chris Davis died Saturday in Iraq, when insurgents attacked his unit.
Davis, 35, graduated from Estacado High School, before enlisting in 1999. Family members tell us friends are helping them honor their son's request.
"His friends have been calling and stopping by, pretty good that I have people come and visit us in times like this," Sgt. Davis' father Ray Davis said.
Davis wanted to serve his country from a young age.
"When he was in school, he would always tell me that he wanted to go to the Army," Ray Davis said.
His father tells us Davis served four tours of duty in Iraq, starting as a tank driver, and later, promoted to Sergeant.
"When ever he came home from the Army to visit us, he would always be making us laugh, and he wouldn't talk too much about where he's been. He was just happy to be home and happy to go back again," Ray Davis said.
Davis tried to prepare his family for the possibility that one day he wouldn't return home.
"I want to fight for my country. I want to do something for my country, and this is what I'll do, so if something happens, don't be mad at no body," Ray Davis said.
Though, no family can ever truly prepare to hear their son and brother has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Davis died June 23rd in Baghdad, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He leaves behind a wife and two children back in Georgia, where he was stationed at Fort Benning. His parents and three sisters still live here in Lubbock. Now the family is holding on to their favorite memories.
"He was always joking around with every body," Ray Davis said.
They're also trying to keep Davis' request.
"Dad, what ever happens, don't be mad at no body," Ray Davis said.
A memorial fund has been set up to help the family travel to Ft. Benning. To donate, contact Alliance Federal Credit Union. Ask that your donation to go into the Juan Vega Account for the Fallen Soldier.
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