Christopher Worrell VIRGINIA BEACH - A memorial service to honor fallen Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Worrell is scheduled for Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Chaplain Capt. Douglas Denny will lead the service which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Staff Sgt. Worrell, a former Virginia Beach resident, died April 22 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was a staff sergeant assigned to the 702nd Combat Support Battalion, 4th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This was his third tour of duty in Iraq. Christopher was born in Petersburg, Va. on June 2, 1974 and grew up in Virginia Beach, graduating from Green Run High School in 1995 in Virginia Beach. Christopher could light up a room with his smile and wit. He was well respected by his troops, and a seasoned warrior with a gentle soul. When soldiers served on Staff Sgt. Christopher Worrell's team, they found they had a tireless advocate - one who always supported and watched out for them. Survivors include his loving wife, Laura, of Steilacoom, Wash. Christopher leaves behind two sons, Christopher, age 13, and Justin, age 6, and stepdaughter, Kimberly, age 8; his mother, Deborah Worrell; father, Kevin Rand; two brothers, Patrick and Jeremy; sister, Joyce; maternal grandmother, Marion Bedell; as well as numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Staff Sgt. Worrell was a patriot, one who stood strong for his country. He was a respected soldier, loving husband, father, son and friend. Christopher did not go to sleep in Iraq expecting to die. He expected to wake up the following morning and continue to fight for freedom and in the defense of his nation, our nation. The memorial service on June 6 will honor him for how he lived his life and his 12 years of service to this nation. Staff Sgt. Worrell was laid to rest with full military honors on May 3 in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 24, 2010