Pickens County hero comes home

The body of Army PFC Barrett Austin of Easley, who died in a German hospital last week after his vehicle was attacked by an IED in Afghanistan, was returned to his native Pickens County on Monday. Hundreds of supporters waving American flags lined the streets as a motorcade took Austin’s casket from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport to Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. The 2011 Pickens High School graduate’s life will be celebrated during a ceremony at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley today (May 1), before he is laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors. 

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