Spc. Sterling Wyatt was a big brother to friends

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 4:23 p.m. CDT; updated 12:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — Spc. Sterling William Wyatt died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from a roadside bomb. He was 21.

He was born Sept. 4, 1990, in Columbia to Sterling Randy and Sherry (Hawk) Wyatt.

Mr. Wyatt was active in his community and church. While attending Oakland Junior High School, Mr. Wyatt participated in an exchange program with Hakusan City, Japan. In 2008, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 706 and also earned his black belt in Taekwondo from Hockman's ATA academy.

Mr. Wyatt graduated in 2009 from Rock Bridge High School and completed the Certified Nurse Attendant certification at Columbia Career Center his senior year. After graduation, he began taking college classes at Moberly Area Community College and worked at a convenience store near his family's home.

In 2010, Mr. Wyatt joined the Army and was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He deployed to Afghanistan in December 2011.

He was a big brother to everyone, his grandmother, Barbara Wyatt, said.

Mr. Wyatt is survived by his parents, Randy and Sherry Wyatt, and his brother Chandler; his paternal grandmother, Barbara Wyatt, of Columbia; his maternal grandparents, Harold and Wanda Hawk, of Eldon; his uncles, Darrel Albu of Oahu, Hawaii, Francis Wyatt, of Cuttingsville, Vt., and Daryl and Harold Wayne Hawk, both of Eldon; his aunts, Debbie Albu, of Oahu, Hawaii, Rhonda Hawk, of Moberly, and Vickie McQueen and Melissa Hawk, both of Eldon; many cousins; and his brothers in arms, Hill, Lyden, Frizzel, Tate, Seigfied and many more.

His paternal grandfather, William E. Wyatt, of Columbia, died earlier.

A procession will begin at 9:10 a.m. Thursday from the Columbia Regional Airport to Memorial Funeral Home. The following is the route the procession will take:

U.S. 63 to Stadium Boulevard to Audubon Drive to Shepherd Boulevard, briefly stopping at the family home. From there, the procession will follow Old 63 to Broadway to Providence Road to Business Loop 70, concluding at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop W.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway. Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Boy Scouts of America-Great Rivers Region, the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202, or the Sterling Wyatt Memorial at First Baptist Church.

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Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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