SILSBEE, Texas — The people of Hardin County are asking for help to honor a veteran.
Boyce Langford, 78, of Silsbee, will be laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
However, there is fear no one will attend.
Langford died suddenly at the age of 78 on April 6.
12News learned he has no family able to attend his funeral, which has sparked a movement.
The devastating news of Langford's death dug a little deeper for one of his neighbors.
"They came later that evening and said 'he'd got worse'," says neighbor and veteran Donald Williams. "So, I came down there but they already had him on life support."
Williams tells us the two became good friends, sharing stories of their time in the Army.
"We got pretty close, I'd go over there and carry over something to eat sometimes," says Williams. "I'd check on him every two or three days while he was over."
Unfortunately he will not be able to make it to the service on Wednesday, Williams told us, nor will Langford's family.
Langford only has a sister living in the area, but she is staying at a retirement home with dementia.
No funeral arrangements were set up prior to Langford's death and 12News couldn't even find a picture of him.
Now, people are stepping up to make sure he's remembered.
The Patriot Guard Riders (Golden Triangle) created a Facebook post encouraging those who are able, to attend.
"Honor this man and say goodbye," says Patriot Guard Riders ride captain Sandra Womack. "It's sad when a veteran serves our country, but yet has no family left to be able to say their final goodbyes and to escort him on his ride home."
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a procession will begin at the Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.
People are allowed to line the streets nearby to send him off.
Langford's body will be taken to the Houston National Cemetery for a graveside service at 1:30 p.m.
Farmer Funeral Home reached out to the cemetery and was able to schedule the service.
"If you got some time to spend with us tomorrow, by all means feel free to come out," says Farmer Funeral Home general manager Ray Williams. "You're more than welcome to come honor this American so he can buried with some folks in attendance at his funeral."
The funeral home has made a special casket for Langford to be buried in.
Silsbee, Kountze, and Saratoga Fire Departments plan to help escort Langford to Houston.
If you decide to drive to the burial, you must be at the front gate of the cemetery before 1:30 p.m.
Langford was born on Dec. 16, 1940, in Electra, TX, and served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1965.