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Memorial service held for Army veteran killed in accident

Richard W. Heald III

A memorial service with military honors was held for a U.S. Army veteran from Mountville Saturday at Kennedy Mortuary.

Richard W. Heald III, 32, was killed on Tuesday, June 13 as he was working at a business on Cooley Bridge Road in   Belton. He was repairing a 2014 Kenworth T880 tri-axle dump truck and became pinned underneath it.

Heald was pronounced dead at the scene.

Heald served as a specialist in the U.S. Army from 2010-14. He was stationed in Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Fort Hood, Texas.

More recently, Heald worked as a diesel mechanic at Enhanced Diesel in Belton.

According to his obituary, he was also an avid University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan and enjoyed local car shows, camping, golf and time on his boat. He was also known as a “master griller” for his BBQ.

Heald is survived by his parents, brother Stephen Heald, sister Whitney Nellems and twin brother Jake Heald, a coach and teacher at Laurens District High School.

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