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Trusley, James Andrew

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October 16, 1927 - June 1, 2015

Trusley, James Andrew

James Andrew Trusley, 87, a resident of Carrollton, Texas, went home to be with our Lord on Monday, June 1, 2015. He was born on October 16, 1927 in Hanna, Oklahoma, to Oliver and Pearl Trusley. James married the love of his life, Opal Graves, on November 11, 1954.

James Andrew Trusley, 87, a resident of Carrollton, Texas, went home to be with our Lord on Monday, June 1, 2015. He was born on October 16, 1927 in Hanna, Oklahoma, to Oliver and Pearl Trusley. James married the love of his life, Opal Graves, on November 11, 1954.

James served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1945-1946 and the U.S. Army in 1949-1951, 1956-1957, 1959-1979, retiring in 1979. He served at various times in Japan, Germany, Vietnam, and Johnston Island. He earned the following honors during his time of service: Army Occupation Medal, Japan; WWII Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Aircraft Crewman Badge; Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; Vietnam Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal (5th Award); Republic of Vietnam with Palm; Meritorious Service Medal. He served in the 45th Infantry Division; Advisory T M 75; 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; 267th Chemical Co.; participated in the Vietnam Advisory Campaign; VN Defensive Campaign; VN Counter Offensive, Phases V & VI; and TET 69 Counter Offensive. He also did contract work for the Environmental Protection Agency checking waste sites to make sure they were up to code.

James was a member of First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Texas. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for over fifty years. He loved to travel, especially back to Oklahoma to visit his friends and family. He enjoyed reading the newspaper and working crossword puzzles. He also loved sports, but particularly enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.

James was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Trusley and Oliver Trusley; two sisters, Lois Trusley and Mary Pasher; and his wife of over sixty years. He is survived by his brother, Ron Trusley; sister, Billye Martin; sister, Shirley Dearing; sister, Evelyn Alexander; son, Jim Trusley; son, Bobby Trusley; son, Michael Trusley, and wife, Janet; several nieces and nephews; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be  held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Funeral Services will be on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church Carrollton, 2400 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

Following the service will be the interment with military honors at 1:30 pm at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

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Jim Harrison

December 15, 2019 11:39AM

I worked with Jim at an EPA contractor. We worked under all types of conditions, and he was a real go-geter. He was a soft-spoken man, but not one to anger. My condolences to his family.


Clyde Smith

June 07, 2015 1:12PM

God bless and comfort your family.


Bill Trusley

June 05, 2015 7:02PM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle James and Aunt Opal. I have very found memories of visiting them as a child. We would pile in the car and drive from New York. We all loved every minute of the ride and our stay. Rest in Peace Uncle James and Aunt Opal


Mary Trusley

June 05, 2015 1:28PM

So sorry to hear about the passing of James. He truly was a wonderful, caring brother-in-law. I will miss him & his weekly calls terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Tricia Trusley Carney

June 03, 2015 1:44PM

I was sorry to hear about Uncle James. Although we didn't get to see him very often, I remember he was always such a gentle, sweet man. I am happy he is at peace now with Aunt Opal and my Dad. You are in my prayers


Theresa Trusley Lanza

June 02, 2015 6:48PM

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle James. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling from losing Aunt Opal & Uncle James so close together. I always looked forward to our visits from him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.