BANKS COUNTY – Sgt. Jamie Stan Westmoreland, 27, died Sunday, November 29, 2009, at BJC Hospital in Commerce.
Born in Clarke County, he was the son of Wayne Westmoreland of Commerce and Leighan and Paul Montecalvo of Banks County. He served his country through the Army National Guard and enlisted in the United States Army as the sergeant of his own squad in Baghdad for 14 months. He then returned to Ft. Sill, Okla., and trained new soldiers in urban warfare, and recently became a certified firefighter in Banks County and the City of Homer. As stated by his family, “We are all very proud to have had him in our lives.”
Sgt. Westmoreland was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Lt. Branson Westmoreland; and an uncle, Chris Westmoreland.
Survivors in addition to his parents include a son, Austin Westmoreland, Commerce; fiancée, Michelle Spence, Banks County; brothers, Clinton Westmoreland, Travis Cook, Austin Montecalvo and Dylan Montecalvo, all of Banks County, and Ronson Tradd Westmoreland, Watkinsville; paternal grandmother, Eddie Vera Westmoreland, Commerce; uncle, Ronson Westmoreland, Commerce; aunt, Phyllis Farley, Commerce; and cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Dana Young and Jason Pritchett officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.