REPORT: Batesville soldier killed in Afghanistan

By The Panolian

Georgia National Guard Sergeant David A. Holmes Jr., who grew up near Batesville, was killed recently while serving in Afghanistan, The Panolian newspaper reported.

An announcement from the Department of Defense noted that David died at Sayed Abad, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He had been promoted to sergeant June 16 according to his sister. He was assigned to the 810th Engineer Company of Swainsboro, Ga.

He and his wife LaTonya made their home in Sandersonville, Ga., with their four children: Daveion, almost 2, Tejuan, 10, Shurissa, 10, and ShuQuita, 14.

David had previously served for four years in the Navy and four years in the Marines. At South Panola High School, he was a member of the ROTC.