Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Keith Lundy, Jr.
Brian earned his heavenly wings on September 9, 2011. In the ever so brief 25 years that Brian was on this earth, he led a full and meaningful life. It began with his birth to Ramona Fowler and Brian Lundy Sr. at Bergstrom AFB, TX on July 29, 1986. Brian accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by Rev. R.E. Foster at Zion Rest Missionary Baptist Church. He sang with the Voices of Joy and was an active member of TCIA and JCIA Youth groups. He was also a Jr. Deacon and early on demonstrated an eagerness to serve. Brian had a passion for animals and as a young child spoke of being a veterinarian. He loved his Great Danes, his iguana and his parrot (who now resides with Brian's mother). Brian loved motorcycles, which fulfilled his need to live on the edge and his need to go fast. Many of Brian's friends witnessed his impulsiveness while experiencing his passion for nature and mankind. Good times were always guaranteed when Brian was around. Brian graduated from Bowie High School in May 2004. One of the fondest memories of Brian at Bowie High School was his participation in the Mr. Bowie Bulldog contest. Even then Brian demonstrated signs of his outgoing personality. Brian received a scholarship to Huston Tillotson University and enrolled in August 2004. During this period of his life, he determined college did not provide the challenge and adventure that he was seeking so he decided on a different path. Determined to fulfill this burning desire to do more with his life, help others, and serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Navy in May 2006. During Brian's enlistment in the United States Navy, he successfully completed Basic Training and Hospital Corpsman "A" School in Great Lakes, Illinois. His first duty station was aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan from November 2006 to August 2008. His next assignment was the Naval Hospital 29 Palms, California from December 2008 to December 2010. However, these past assignments still did not challenge Brian to his full potential. So once eligible, he applied for and was accepted to Special Training as a Hospital Corpsman with the Fleet Marine Force. Fleet Marine Force training consists of specialized training in advanced emergency medicine and the fundamentals of Marine Corps life, while emphasizing physical conditioning, small arms familiarity, and basic battlefield tactics. He went on to train for Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) in January 2011 and successfully completed FMF training in March 2011. After successful completion of this training, he was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in March 2011. He then deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan in July 2011. Brian often called his mother Ramona ("Mama") detailing interesting stories about his duties as a Corpsman. He told her about having to deliver a baby, treating an Afghani National with multiple stab wounds, and even having to remove a rock from the eye of a young Afghanistan boy. Brian had finally found his calling and his purpose in life, and he was doing something that made him feel that he was making a difference in this world. Ramona delighted in the fact that her little "Peanut" had become a man. Unfortunately, his acts of heroism were cut short after his life was taken while conducting a dismounted patrol at 11:44 A.M. (Afghanistan time) on September 9, 2011. At that moment a bright and shining star went dim. It should be noted that as a member of the United States Navy, Brian was awarded the following commendations: Purple Heart Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Navy "E" Ribbon Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Star Good Conduct Medal NATO Medal National Defense Service Medal However, the most rewarding commendation Brian ever received was the opportunity to help others and to give his life in the service of his country. Brian was preceded in death by his Grandfathers: Charles Fowler and Nathaniel Lundy Sr. Brian leaves to celebrate his life, his mother Ramona Fowler (Bernard Thomas) of Round Rock, TX; his father Brian Lundy Sr. of Chicago, IL; his Grandmothers Erma Lee Fowler and Dorothy Lundy both of Chicago, IL; his sister Joslyn Robinson of Round Rock, TX; his God Brother Brandon Brice of Austin, TX; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends and Extended Family - Marvin and Karen Brice. The world is a lesser place without Brian, but Heaven is so much better. Visitation services will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas. A Homegoing Celebration will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Sweet Home Baptist Church of Round Rock at 2000 South Interstate 35, Round Rock, Texas 78681. To share memories of Brian with his family, please visit our website at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com.