I only knew Trent as a seed of the man he was to become, but to know that he grew up to be kind, joyful, adventurous, loyal, strong, brave and proud doesn't surprise me.
His mother, father, aunts and uncles are some of the finest men and women I've ever known.
Funeral services for Lucas "Trent" Vinson, 27, of Leesville will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Leesville, LA.
Trent Vinson was born in DeRidder on March 12, 1982. He passed from this life on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the age of 27 years, 6 months and 1 day in North Tikrit, Iraq. Trent was a man who loved life and lived it out loud and to the fullest. Trent was a graduate of the Pickering High School Class of 2000. As a young man Trent enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping in the Louisiana woods and a good paint ball fight. As a man, he loved to be surrounded by friends and family. Traveling soon turned into his favorite pastime. Trent's first trip abroad was to Cancun, Mexico upon his high school graduation. This sparked an interest in travel and he traveled again when he started his career with KBR in October, 2003 in Iraq. When on R&R, Trent loved to travel with his friends and brothers. He always said he wanted to see the world. He worked on doing just that, traveling to Indonesia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Australia, Venezuela and Costa Rica. Trent loved the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. He had tickets to attend home games on his next R&R which was scheduled for October 24th, just a few short weeks away. Rhonda, Trent's mother, shared that from the time he was just a young man, he always told her that "God has a bigger purpose for me and when I go, I'm going out in a blaze of glory." That he did. He is a true hero. When anyone mentions Trent, most think of him as a man who would give you the shirt off his back. Trent's best friend, Mike Hicks recants the story of being in a taxi with Trent when he literally took-off his $70 shirt and gave it to his cab driver and requested to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken where he bought the driver a meal. (excerpted from the Leesville Daily Leader)
Rhonda Smith Vinson in front of her restaurant, "The Leesville Cafe", Leesville, LA, 2009.
I apologize for what has lately become a recurring theme. It's been a hard year.