William Karl Keesee was able to experience the nation’s colors one last time.

On Tuesday afternoon, the black hearse, carrying the body of the former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant, passed under the giant United State’s flag, posted by the Brownwood Fire Department, atop the Austin Avenue overpass.

Keesee died late last Thursday in Mills County following a one-vehicle crash. He was buried Tuesday at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. He was 49.

After the near 1 ½-hour funeral services at the nearby Austin Avenue Church of Christ, local residents, along with other DPS and local law enforcement officials, were posted on the sidewalks, standing tall, right hands over their chest as the vehicles passed through.

The procession traveled through Main Street, right onto East Commerce, left on U.S. Highway 183 North before traveling up 12 miles.

Keesee was an Early resident and Brownwood High graduate. He was a member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Keesee garnered numerous awards during his 25 years of service, including ones for Department and Investigative Excellence and Directors Life Saving.

He was a member of the Department of Public Safety Officers Association and the Department of Public Safety Quarter Century Club.