Lubbock Army sergeant laid to rest
He was a son, husband, father and a veteran.
Sergeant First Class Matthew "Kyle" Evans died in his sleep last month while stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
He leaves behind a wife, Lacey, a daughter and a baby on the way.
At his funeral Saturday, laughter and tears filled the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church on Broadway as friends and family reflected on his life.
"That's the way he was born. You know, just good, fun loving, honest, smart," BJ Evans, Sgt. Evans' father, said.
Evans was a Green Beret and served 15 years in the U.S. Army, enlisting right after high school in 2004.
"He was in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and several other hot spots, trying to win the war on peace," Michael Frith, assistant deputy state captain for the Patriot Guard Riders in Lubbock, said.
Evans' flag-draped casket was escorted to Resthaven Cemetery.
He received military funeral honors, and family, friends and fellow veterans said their final goodbyes.
Sgt. Evans' father said he is thankful for all the support his son has received. He hopes his son will be remembered by the community for the hero he was.
"Kyle was super great, super great," BJ Evans said. "You know, I was so proud to have him as a son and for all he'd done. He went through a lot of stuff, and he was strong through it."