-- Start from Church on Old Hixson Pike (Hixson United Methodist Church 5301 Old Hixson Pike)
-- From there: Hixson Pike
-- From there: 153 South
-- From there: Dupont Parkway
-- From there: Amnicola HWY
-- From there: Wilcox BLVD
-- From there: Holtzclaw
-- Enter on Holtzclaw side of the cemetery
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. David Allen Wyatt, one of five servicemen who died in last week's assault at local military buildings, will be laid to rest in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Wyatt's obituary, released Monday afternoon, said he leaves behind his wife of 10 1/2 years, a son and a daughter, as well as his mother, father, stepparents, two brothers, four sisters and four brothers-in-law.
Robert Schrader, director of the Chattanooga Funeral Home, said Wyatt's body has not been released. Until then, his family does not know when the celebration of his life will take place. There will be two services: a private one and one for the public.
He will then be buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, where plots are reserved for military veterans. Members of the Marine Corps who served alongside Wyatt will serve as pallbearers.
According to his obituary, Wyatt's family wants him to be buried at the local cemetery "because of his love for the Chattanooga community and their outpouring of support during this time."
Wyatt, 35, was born in North Carolina and raised in Arkansas. He joined the Marines in part because of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks, serving for 11 years. His service in Okinawa, Japan; Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Kuwait and Korea included two deployments for Operation Iraqi Freedom and one deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom.
A field operations artillery man with Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Regiment (better known as Mike Battery), Wyatt lived in Hixson with his wife and children.
On Monday afternoon, within hours of his obituary's publication, about 100 people signed his guest book.
"May God watch over and keep your family safe," wrote Carol Warnock, of Russellville, Ark. "Thank you for your service. Heaven just gained another angel."
"He will never be forgotten, and the people of Chattanooga will lift his memory and his sacrifice to the heavens," wrote Robin Sullivan, of Hixson.
"God saw fit to protect you in combat," added Dion McDaniel, of Atlanta. "He always made a way out of no way. Then our Lord and savior called you home."
Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 423-757-6476.