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Inverness, Florida -- Dozens gathered for the procession through downtown Inverness to honor fallen soldier Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings.

Billings, 34, of Manhattan, Kansas, died on Dec. 17 in a helicopter crash while serving with NATO forces in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, along with five of his fellow soldiers.

Family, friends and military personnel gathered in Inverness Tuesday, where he grew up, to celebrate his life at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

PHOTOS: Procession for fallen soldier Chief Warrant Officer Randy L. Billings

Billings served our country for over 16 years and was assigned to the U.S. Army, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion from Ft. Riley, Kansas, according to the Citrus County Chronicle. The Chronicle reports he served two deployments in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.

He is survived by his wife, Ashley Weaver Billings, his father Robert Billings and his mother Sheryl Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Randy's memory may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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