U.S. Army Specialist and Jasper native Jacoby McFarland has died, and military veterans or any others who wish to pay their respect are requested to do so on Monday when his body will be returned home.

Although there is no information on how he died, Kendall Coleman of Coleman’s Family Mortuary in Woodville says that the 25-year-old passed away on Thursday, January 2nd in Hawaii.

According to McFarland’s Facebook page he was recently stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, and he also completed training in the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons School.

Jacoby is the son of Marcia McCray Bronson and Aaron McFarland, along with stepfather Hank Bronson, all of Jasper.

According to Coleman, Jacoby’s body is scheduled to arrive in Houston at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, and following necessary procedures at the airport his body will be escorted to Woodville by representatives of the U.S. Army, local law enforcement, and military veterans on motorcycles.

Coleman said the route back to Woodville will be U.S. Highway 59 northbound from Houston, U.S. Highway 190 eastbound from Livingston, and then U.S. Highway 69 southbound in Woodville to Coleman’s Family Mortuary at 409 South Magnolia.

Coleman said he estimates that they will arrive in Woodville between 10:30 and 11:00 Monday morning, and he said local military veterans and any others who wish to pay their respect are urged to gather anywhere along the route.

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