Somber greeting

A burial service, with military honors, is scheduled for Friday for Columbus' latest loss to the war in Iraq.

A flag-draped coffin containing the remains of Marine Cpl. John Corey Tanner, killed Aug. 29 in Anbar province, arrived at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport on TuesdayMonday morning. A Marine honor guard from Albany, Ga., greeted the chartered aircraft, as did Tanner's family and friends.

The casket was transported to the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary on Macon Road, escorted by Patriot Guard motorcyclists.

Visitation is scheduled at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, with burial set for 2 p.m. Friday at Parkhill Cemetery's Chapel of the Pines.

Tanner, 21, a native of Columbus, was assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

He is survived by his mother, Melanie Tanner of Columbus; his father, Henry Tanner Sr. of Panama City, Fla.; his brothers Hank Jr. and Brandon, and his wife, Rhianna Tanner of Helena, Mont. Rhianna Tanner is expecting the couple's first child next month.

--Mick Walsh