The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for Jerod M. Gatens, 32, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, for his final services on Saturday, 23 Jul, and his interment on Monday 25 Jul.  Jerod was a Veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and 1 tour in Kuwait.  He went to be with the Lord on Monday, 18 Jul.

Final services will be held at the Gatens – Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca, WV ( on Saturday, 23 Jul, beginning at 1500.

Interment will be in the Donel C. Kinnard State Veteran’s Cemetery, 130 Academy Dr., Dunbar, WV ( on Monday, 25 Jul, at 1000.

West Virginia Ride Captain, Dave Shaffer ( is the designated Ride Captain in Charge of this most Honorable mission.

Staging for Saturday will be at the funeral home at 1330.  Please arrive as quietly as possible as public viewing begins at 1300.

Mission Briefing: 1345.

Flag line will be in place NLT 1400 and maintained until start of services.  Once the services have commenced, our duty will be complete.

Staging for Monday will also be at the funeral home at 0900.

Mission Briefing: 0915.

KSU: 0930 for escort to the cemetery.

Flag line will be set at the cemetery and maintained until the conclusion of committal services.

Early weather forecast for both Saturday and Monday is for temperatures around 90 and a 60% chance of showers.  Please dress and travel accordingly.

If possible, won’t you join with us as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another of our native sons who so willingly gave of his time for our freedom and liberty.



Poca, WV 25159