A Marine Corps veteran passes away without any family to claim his remains. Williamson County residents saw to it that he got the service he deserved.
71-year-old Joseph Gwatney died in a Seton Hospital on June 8. Hospital staff worked tirelessly to find family. Cook Walden Davis Funeral Home stepped in and when it came to the actual service the community had an impressive response.
Every row inside the funeral home was full. Current military members and veterans came out. The honor guard participated. The Seton Williamson Foundation donated $300 to make this happen. Cook Walden Davis covered the rest.
Gwatney was born in 1943 in Arkansas. He joined the marines in the 60s. He was honorably discharged. He made a living driving trucks. He spent the last month of his life in Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock after having a stroke. For those in attendance, details didn't matter. Gwatney served our country.
"This makes me proud that we're honoring a Marine and a veteran and that's all it takes," said Clifton Williams, Marine Corps veteran.
"It was hard cause I know he wasn't going to have anybody there for him and I was surprised today a lot of people did show up. Just a little simple email went out. It was amazing," said Gary Hatcher, Gwatney’s friend.
Gwatney was cremated. His friend collected the remains.