Fallen Hero: CW4(Ret) Thomas M. “Tom” Truitt


Funeral Home

Chancellor Funeral Home

2576 Highway 49 S, Florence, MS 39073
(601) 845-4449


Wednesday, January 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Chancellor Funeral Home, Florence.


A graveside service will follow visitation at 2:00 p.m. in the Garden of Memories.


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Jan. 10, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home.  CW4(Ret) Thomas M. “Tom” Truitt, age 88, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the US Air Force and the MSARNG 185th Aviation Brigade has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  Thank you for your service to this great country.   Without your efforts and your family’s support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Florence – Thomas M. “Tom” Truitt, 88, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his home in Florence. The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday, January 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Chancellor Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Garden of Memories.

Tom was born February 19, 1932 to the late Lexie and Mamie Truitt in Sallis, MS. He has lived in the Florence area for the last 50 years moving from Lucedale, MS. He was a faithful member of Daniel Memorial Baptist Church in Jackson. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for 4 years and with the MS Army National Guard for 39 years. He worked as an Engineer with MDOT and he enjoyed building and construction. In his spare time, he enjoyed water skiing, fishing, and hunting, especially bird hunting. He also loved piloting aircrafts and was a Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), Master Aviator. Tom was passionate about his family, his military service, but above all, he loved the Lord.

Along with his parents, Tom is also preceded in death by his brother, Jim Truitt. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Truitt of 66 years; sons, Kevin (Sylvia) Truitt of Petal, MS; daughters, Judie (Mike) Neville of Birmingham, AL and Susan (Marion) Landrum of Pearl, MS; 5 grandchildren, Michael (Leigh Ann) Truitt, Sarah Truitt, Morgan (Chris) Hinton, Nathan (Shannon) Landrum, and Erin Landrum; 9 great grandchildren; and sister, Faye Bruner of Madison, MS.