Fallen North Charleston soldier honored with Memorial Day service

PFC Cheziray Pressley
PFC Cheziray Pressley

A North Charleston soldier killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest on Monday afternoon.

A public viewing and memorial services were held for PFC Cheziray Pressley at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston. Pressley was buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Ashley Phosphate Road.

Pressley and three others died on May 16, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Anchorage, Alaska.

"Cheziray LaShawn Pressley is a real American hero," said Army Major General. "He put himself in the line of fire to protect our freedom."

Cheziray's family remembers him as a soldier dedicated to the service and as a son who loved to cut-up and make others laugh.

"He was my brother, but he was also my friend. He did a lot for me. I will miss him very much," said King Pressley, the soldier's 11-year-old brother.

Raymond Pressley, his father, said, "He was a fun-loving young man" and that joining the military "was something he really wanted to do - to serve his country, complete his education and see the world. He had a sense of patriotism and duty."

He was a 2008 graduate of Fort Dorchester High School. He had a number of hobbies; loved sports, especially basketball and football, and enjoyed playing paintball.

He and Dawn, his girlfriend of several years, married when he came home in December; they had a young daughter. He was the second-oldest of the family's four sons.

PFC Pressley's remains arrived at Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, SC last Friday. The 187th Ordnance Battalion performed planeside honors and rendered full-honors.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn; daughter Liliah Grant; parents, Jirlie (Sandra) and Raymond Pressley of North Charleston; and three brothers, James, Azariah, and Josiah Pressley.

If you would like to express your condolences to the family their address is 400 Waverly Place, Apt F2, North Charleston SC 29418.

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