HOMETOWN: North Augusta
OCCUPATION: Lead machine operator
LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT AT AVONDALE MILLS: Five years
FAMILY: Father and stepmother, John Henry Laird Sr. and Linda Cauthen Laird, of North Augusta; mother and stepfather, Sara Craig Kennebeck and Marvin Kennebeck, of Crossville, Tenn.; his maternal grandmother, Hazel Posey, of Aiken; and his maternal grandfather, Lewis Ronnie Craig, of New Ellenton; a sister, Sarah Marie Laird, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and a brother, Cole Cecil Laird, of Bristol, Tenn.; two stepsisters, Amanda Randall, of Clearwater, S.C.; and Dana Randall, of North Augusta; a niece, Sarah Rebecca Laird, of Knoxville; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
ABOUT MR. LAIRD: Mr. Laird was born in Augusta. He was a member of Breezy Hill Baptist Church in Graniteville.
HOW WILL MR. LAIRD BE REMEMBERED? "As a good-hearted person who would do anything for anybody," his father said.