LEBANON, Missouri- The memorial service and vistitation for Marine Corporal Corey Justin Warford was held at Holman Howe Funeral Home today in Lebanon. Fellow veterans say he took his own life after struggling with PTSD.
“This man, my Fraternal Brother, was overcome by the many factors of PTSD. He passed at 25y/o by taking his own life on Sunday. Please, if you’re the praying type, pray for his wife and mother and their families. I did not know him, but Becky and I graduated high school with his older brother.”
“Having grieved for a fellow Marine who passed in the same manner, alongside her Family, I can say with certainty this is an exceptionally trying event. It’s not at all like losing a loved one in a car accident or to an illness. This is different. It messes with your mind,” said a post on the Battle In Distress Facebook page.
Corporal Warford was last assigned to 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Alpha Company “Red Death,” Second Platoon.
Corey is survived by his wife, Felicia, of the home; his mother, Tammy Dearing, and her husband, Aaron, of Louisburg, Missouri; his father, Steve Warford, and his wife, Trish, of Seymour, Missouri; a brother, Steve Warford, Jr., of Louisburg, Missouri; two sisters, Kyndall Kornbrust, and her husband, Shawn, of Mendon, Missouri, and Chylene Warford, of Phillipsburg, Missouri and other elatives.
He was raised in Buffalo, Missouri, and graduated from Buffalo High School in the Class of 2009. He then served his country faithfully in the United States Marine Corps from June 6, 2009, until being honorably discharged on January 24, 2014. He and Felicia made their home in Louisburg, while Corey worked for Bass Pro in Springfield. They then moved to Lebanon, where Corey worked for a Kum and Go Store for a short time before beginning work as a merchandiser for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Rolla, Missouri. He was also attending Drury University where he was studying criminology and psychology.
“He was a prolific gamer and also enjoyed collecting firearms, going to shooting ranges and having target practice. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed having time with his brother and sisters and his two nieces.
Corey was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, grandson, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his brief life and know that he will be fondly remembered by all of his family and many friends,” his obituary said.