People arriving to say goodbye to a hometown hero, met an altogether different scene in Martinsville. Demonstrators dragging American flags on the ground and holding signs opposing U. S. troops.
"The thing that got us here is that Sgt. Doyle died for us to give us our freedom and then you have people like this to come and it's ridiculous. It's absurd," one funeral attendee told News 8.
Tension grew before the demonstrators finally left their location, right across the street from Army Sgt. Jeremy Doyle's funeral service.
According to the group's website, it sees American deaths in Iraq as a kind of punishment for social misdeeds. Martinsville residents said the protesters picked the wrong time and the wrong town to express their views.
Anti-gay funeral crashers strike in Indiana
Fred Phelp's clan struck yesterday in Martinsville, IN. These sick, twisted bastards really must have nothing better to do. I don't support the war in Iraq, but you don't see me out protesting fallen soldiers funerals. I also don't support lots of other things, but I'm not out protesting in front of a someone's grieving relatives. When these losers kick off, I hope they just tip the casket out and let the dogs gnaw their bones - they obviously have no respect for the dead.