NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The somber service was held at McClure Presbyterian Church. That's the same church where Lance Corporal Ross Carver and his wife Brandy were married. The audience recited the serenity prayer - one of Carver's favorites.
The church quickly filled up so an overflow room was set up behind the church where a room full of people watched the service on a projector screen.
Not everyone there knew Ross Carver personally - some folks like Vivian Scharver simply came out to show their support.
"I'm happy to be here to support this family and to see them and see the brothers and all Marines talking about their brothers. Their parents must be very warm people to raise a family like that." Scharver said.
They also think that 9-11 was a fitting day for this funeral since America is already remembering those who sacrificed the most for this country.
"It's very appropriate," Scharver said. "A lot of people watching all the news and to come out here and celebrate the life of this young boy, what better day than today."
Carver's brother Robert spoke highly of his brother, sharing parts of his background that shaped him into the man, brother, and marine that he became.
He also told some funny stories about Ross including a time when he and Ross had snakes loose in their house. Robert added that as a Marine and a husband Ross held true to the Marine Corp motto, Semper Fidelis, meaning always faithful.
He says one of the toughest things for him right now is trying to explain to his son why his beloved "Uncle Ross" is not around.
When Brandy Carver took to the microphone she was overcome with emotion when talking about Ross.
Fighting back tears, she talked about her husband's special saying. "It's never goodbye. It's always hello. It's always always and forever."
She says she will always be able to feel him beside her even though he is no longer beside her in person.