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Columbia-born Navy sailor passes away, funeral set

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A Navy seaman from Columbia died this week in Hawaii, and his family still doesn't know why. The body of 25-year-old Petty Officer First Class Christopher Cozart was flown to the Nashville airport Friday.

"Chris was my only son, my only child," said Cozart's mother, Nancy Underwood. "He was awesome with his big, big smile and his adventurous spirit and just his funny self."

Underwood said her son joined the Navy to travel the world. After serving the country for seven years, Cozart passed away Sunday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station in Hawaii. His cause of death is still undetermined as the family waits on reports.

"He came home for Christmas," Underwood remembered. "It was a big surprise. I was talking to him on the phone and I said, 'Someone's in my driveway!' He said, 'Really?' I looked out there, and he was talking on the telephone. I immediately ran out and fell in his arms and just cried for him to be home."

Flags were lined up outside Heritage Funeral home Friday as a procession of family and friends arrived.

"I love him," Underwood said. "He'll forever be in my heart, and he'll always be my baby. He was loved by very many, and he'll be missed by very many."

A public visitation for Cozart will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Columbia from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday night. The funeral will be held at the same place on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Full military honors will be performed by the Navy.

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