Jackson County- Hundreds of supporters from the town of Tuckerman filled the auditorium at Tuckerman High Saturday to honor the life of fallen Corporal David Watson.
Watson was killed on September 22, while serving as a medic in Iraq.
He died from a non-combat related injury.
As family and friends gathered in show of their love and support, even those who may not have known him very well, say they feel as though they did.
"He had an infectious smile, and always wanted you to know he was glad to meet you. Everytime I'd see him he'd give me a smile or a wave. Sometimes we'd see each other and we might just wave at each other," said friend Gloria Walker.
Tuckerman music teacher Kaye Person is just one of the many people who knew David and his bright, beaming smile.
"He was a handsome young man and always had something nice to say to cheer you up," said Person.
For the Tuckerman school system, this loss is one that hits close to home ... both David's mother and grandmother work for Tuckerman schools.
Watson leaves behind his wife Lisa and two sons, Dayton and David.
Even though David can't be with them, his memory is burned into the minds of those who knew him, or perhaps didn't but feel as though they did all the same.
"We were over at PriceChopper, Wal-Mart or something like that he'd say hey our birthday's coming up, or our birthday's passing. We'd always speak to each other," said Walker.