RAMSEUR, NC, US
U.S. Marine Corps
LCPL, 1ST BN 6TH MAR, (RCT-8, 2D MAR DIV, II MEF FWD), CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
12/10/2011, LANDSTUHL, GERMANY
Lance Corporal Levy joined the Junior ROTC in the seventh grade and decided to join the Marines in the 10th grade, signing the enlistment papers before he graduated Eastern Randolph High School in 2009. He was a wrestler and standout cross-country runner. Lance Corporal Levy was an infantry rifleman and machine gunner who at one point in his military career helped train Kenyan soldiers.
Lance Corporal Levy was a member of the Lumbee tribe. He was involved in pow wow dancing at Guilford Native of Greensboro. Lance Corporal Levy was proud of his Native American heritage. He was heralded as a true warrior, a best friend and a generous big brother.
Eric Locklear of the Lumbee Tribal Council explained to the congregation gathered at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church that Lumbee warriors, such as Lance Corporal Levy, are dedicated to the survival of their people, their homeland, and selflessly die for their country.
“But the death of the Lumbee warrior is but another step in advancement of life. It is understood that the warrior spirit lives on eternally. So the Lumbee warriors do not fear death, but rather regard it as the ultimate sacrifice for their own and our people’s continued survival.”
Lance Corporal Levy’s parents, Amanda Sheek and Chris A. Levy, carried out their son’s instructions to make him an organ donor, “allowing his life and energy to rise as a phoenix from the ashes to bring healing and remove pain from other suffering lives,” added Mr. Locklear. Lance Corporal Levy’s spirit will continue to exist on Earth.
Younger brother Payne Sheek portrayed Levy as a loving, funny guy who would do anything ever asked of him.
“My brother taught me how to dance,” he told the crowd. “My brother taught me to stand up for what I would believe in, even if I were standing alone.”
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