Held at the north mississippi veteran cemetery today for a sailor who died in the pearl harbor attack in 19-41... his body was recently identified... wtva's evan hensley has been follwing this story all day and joins us live with more... a funeral 77 years in the making was held here at the north missisippi veterans cemetary in killmichael it was here that family members were finally able to lay petty officer durell wade to rest... wade lost his life abourd the uss oklohoma during attacks his oldest living relative, and one of very few that remember him, reflected on the time followng the attack... nancy jaffe - half-sister "i remember how christmas's were bad, that christmas was bad.
All the kid, all the older kids came home it was... i have vivid memories of that."
The funeral reception began in wade's hometwon of calhoun city where family from all over was able to reunite for this historic and emotional event.
A motercade then led the way down to killmichael, the home of the north mississippi veterans cemetary.
People lined the streets along the way as the caravan passed by hundreds of people waving flags and in support of their hometown hero... barney wade - second cousin "it's just unbelievable of all the people that stopped and saluted him passing by even log trucks even people who were stopped for a moment.
Governor phil bryant made an appearence at this historic event to show his love and support with the family it took 77 years to finally bring durell home, but his family members know he is in a great place... jaffe "when i got the first call i thought, oh my daddy waited his whole life waiting for this call then i thought, girl, they're in heaven doing that irish jig, they don't care."
Now the family gets the closure they desired and they now know that one of their very own is now back at home reporting live in killmichael, eh wtva 9 news alabama state police say