Plant City soldier’s funeral procession to pass through Tampa

November 6th, 2009 by

TAMPA — The remains of a local soldier killed in Afghanistan will make a final trip through Tampa today on the way to a Plant City funeral home.

The casket bearing the remains of Army Spc. Eric Lembke is expected to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base about 2:30 p.m., and a procession will depart from there soon after.

The procession will travel north on Bayshore Boulevard, east on Channelside Drive to State Road 60 and then east on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

The hearse will deliver Spec. Lembke to the Hopewell Funeral Home at 6005 State Road 39 in Plant City.

The husband and father of two was killed by a roadside bomb on Oct. 23, according to the Department of Defense.

Lembke, 25, was a graduate of Plant City High School.

The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said those wishing to pay their respects can do so on Bayshore Boulevard or Channelside Drive as the full escort rides through the city.

Visitation will be on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plant City First Baptist Church, 503 N Palmer St., and the funeral will be at the same location on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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