Fallen soldier's funeral unites Columbus County
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COLUMBUS COUNTY (WWAY) -- Army PFC Amy Sinkler was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in Columbus County. She died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“You can't remember Amy any other way but happy. A big smile on her face, talking fast. She's just going to be missed,” said friend Laniqua Nene.

23-year old Army Private First Class Amy Renee Sinkler used to walk the halls of West Columbus High School. Saturday her funeral was held there.

Hundreds of family, friends and those who simply wanted to honor the fallen soldier came out to remember her.

“She died for our country. She died for a good cause. She is definitely going to be missed,” said Sinkler’s cousin Lashoney Frink.

“I wanted to support her because she was one of my fellow soldiers too,” said veteran Jerry Huggins.

The young soldier had only been in the Army a little more than a year. On January 20, Sinkler was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her vehicle in Afghanistan.

Her sacrifice was certainly not forgotten. Support at the funeral was unbelievable. The high school auditorium was packed with people with many spilling out into the hallways as close family and friends shared memories of Sinkler.

The Whiteville Fire Department lined the perimeter with fire trucks, a group of Vietnam Veterans called the Patriot Riders came out, and a few folks from Wilmington came to show their support.

“Her death, believe it or not brought not only Chadbourn together as a whole, but it united the whole Columbus County,” said Frink.

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We love you Amy!! did not know you but felt the love when i saw the clip on tv and got goosebumps. thanks for be being brave and to the family, you have an angel watching over you with a beautiful smile.

RIP.....and Thank you for your service for our country. I am wondering, did those so called Christians from Kansas protest at the funeral?......I hope not....Her family and friends are going through enough.....

Thankfully the wack jobs didn't show up.

No, Westboro Baptist Church, the malevolent hate group from Topeka, Kansas was a no-show.

I have tried to imagine what their church services must be like. And I have thought of those poor children who are dragged to "church" by their evil parents, and fed a constant barrage of hate.

They are so XXXEXTREME in their deranged, crackpot beliefs. They leave everyone completely baffled.

Toxic hatred is a way of life for them. They must be miserable people is all I can say.

They knew they would have been on the losing side of this.

Hypocrites and liars stayed away and good for them that they did. It would not have been pretty.

Yes, one day these cretins will get what they deserve. They are not Christians - in any way, shape, or form. God allows the chaff to grow up among us, but one day he will cut it down and burn it in the fire. Have patience friends, their day will certainly come. I'm glad I'm not them. Its bad enough to cause grief and hurt to the familiies of our fallen heroes, but then to do it in the Lord's name is unforgivable. As Scripture says, better a millstone around the neck then to be like this.

They are neither Christians nor Baptist. They are a family of deranged lawyers who support themselves by suing governments.