25-year-old US Army specialist from Jasper dies in Hawaii

25-year-old US Army specialist from Jasper dies in Hawaii
Pictured is U.S. Army Specialist Jacoby McFarland, who died in Hawaii on. Jan. 2. (Source: Coleman's Family Mortuary)

TYLER, Texas (KTRE) - A U.S. Army specialist who was a Jasper native died in Hawaii on Jan. 2.

Military veterans and anyone from the Jasper area who want to show their support are being asked line the route when Specialist Jacoby McFarland’s body is brought from an airport in Houston to the funeral home on Monday.

At this time, there is no information on how McFarland, 25, died. A spokesman for Coleman’s Family Mortuary confirmed that McFarland died in Hawaii on Jan. 2.

Stefanie Gutierrez with the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii & U.S. Army Hawaii said Friday that McFarland was assigned to the 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Spc. McFarland’s friends and family as they deal with this loss,” Major Oliver Schuster, the public affairs officer for the U.S. Army’s 8th Theater Sustainment Command. “He will be missed by the entire 8th Theater Sustainment Command family.”

Schuster said emergency personnel found McFarland unresponsive in his room on Jan. 2. The first responders started life-saving measures, but they were unsuccessful, Schuster said. He added that the attending doctor at the Tripler Army Medical Center pronounced McFarland dead.

“The incident is currently under investigation,” Schuster said.

An article on KJAS.com stated that McFarland is the son of Marcia McCray Bronson and Aaron McFarland. Hank Bronson is his stepfather.

Kendall Coleman with Coleman’s Family Mortuary said that McFarland’s body is scheduled to arrive in Houston at 8 a.m. on Monday. After the necessary procedures at the airport, his body will be escorted to Woodville by representatives of the U.S. Army, the Woodville Police Department, and military veterans on motorcycles.

The route back to Woodville will be north on U.S. Highway 59 from Houston, east on U.S. Highway 190 from Livingston, and then south on U.S. 69 to Woodville to Coleman’s Family Mortuary, which is located at 409 South Magnolia.

Coleman said that they expect to arrive in Woodville between 10:30 and 11 a.m. on Monday. The family is asking military veterans and anyone else who wants to show their support for McFarland to line the route on the US 190 and US 69 legs of the trip.

Visitation for McFarland will be at the Light House Church of God located at 1013 Helen Street in Jasper from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. The funeral for the Army Specialist is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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