Trudie Yvette Deem, Troy Gladney Reynolds

Trudie Yvette Deem

Wife, mother and grandmother extraordinaire, Trudie Yvette Deem, 80, of Greenwood, shed the confines of this earthly world and flew away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Upon the wind she soars amongst her beloved flowers, trees and loved ones.

When mom was debilitated by Parkinson's in the last few years and dependent upon others and a wheelchair, one of her six kids would call and say, "Hey Mom, I'm coming to pick you up." Upon arrival, she'd be waiting, nose against the door to the point you'd have to tell her, "Back it up, mom. I can't get in." As you opened the door a crack, she'd pull herself through saying, "Come on, let's go, let's get out of here!" No disease was going to stop her. No locked doors were going to contain her. She was a doer. A pioneer with a free spirit. No frontier scared her, and no obstacle ever slowed her down.

She drove us six kids across every continental state, where we endlessly tortured her by fighting with one another or by getting too close to the canyon's edge. She drove her beloved lawnmower into the creek a thousand times because she always wanted to get as close as she could. Her artistry was endless and a reflection of the beauty she saw in the world. She wove extraordinarily detailed baskets, masterfully sewed clothes, costumes and curtains for all of us, crafted ornate and whimsical wreaths celebrating her fun-loving spirit and attention to detail, and she spent hundreds of holiday hours making miniature sparkling Christmas trees to light up our houses. Her gardens rivaled an amusement park's in their shape, color and attention to detail.

To her most precious creations, her children and grandchildren, she gave her entire life — her everything. Her love and generosity were unconditional, unflappable and endless as is our love for her. We love you, Mommy! You were the best, and we miss you so!

She was born on Aug. 21, 1939 in Vincennes to the late Carl W. Bray and Julia Etta Madison. She was the wife of the late Paul R. Deem Sr.

Survivors include her children, Laurie Wasser, Karen Deem and her partner, Edwina Loureiro, Jennie Deem, Paul Deem Jr., Pamela Gentry and her husband, J.D., and Kathryn Deem and her partner, Christos Baize; grandchildren Sara, Emily and her husband, Tyler, Hanna, Cyrus, Rutger and his wife, Brooke, Lexi, Emma, John-John, Beth, Jon, Joe, Justin and Luke; great-grandchildren Dallas, Ellie, Ezra and Arlo; and siblings Mike Madison, Joe Madison and Joni Broady.

Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. on Saturday at G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Life to follow. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Trudie's courageous battle with Parkinson's, contributions may be made to Michaeljfox.org/donate.

Troy Gladney Reynolds

Troy Gladney Reynolds, 95, of Port Neches, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Casper, Wyoming on May 24, 1924 to Edward MacLaren Reynolds III and Opal Dean Porter Reynolds. After a brief period of his childhood in Wyoming, the family was transferred by The Texas Company (later Texaco) to Tulsa, Oklahoma, prior to starting school. Troy spent his entire youth, through high school graduation, living in Tulsa. At an early age he became interested in aviation. He built model airplanes, designed and built his own planes, and studied meteorology. Troy attended Central High School in Tulsa where he excelled as a student and participated in basketball and photography. Outside of high school, Troy studied and obtained his private pilots license. During his time in high school came the outbreak of World War II. Prior to his graduation, Troy left high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps (later the US Air Force) and took his oath on April 8, 1943.

On Feb. 8 1944, Troy was commissioned as a second lieutenant and received his wings as a fighter pilot. Upon graduation, he returned home to Tulsa on furlough to visit with family and make final preparations for deployment to a combat theater. Upon returning to base he was advised that he would not be deploying to an active combat theater but rather would remain at the base as a flight instructor and to prepare to receive his first class of cadets. He taught advanced aerobatics, combat tactics, and advanced aerial gunnery for single engine fighter pilots based out of Victoria, Texas. During his time being stationed in Victoria, Troy also flew patrols over the Gulf of Mexico searching for enemy ship and U-boat traffic.

As war time activity advanced with an increase in bombing activities in both the Pacific and European theaters, Troy was given a permanent change of station and reported to the Amarillo Army Air Base on Dec. 30 1944, to train B-17 pilots and crews for both theaters of operation. Once victory in Europe was achieved, a greater emphasis was placed on long-range bombing in the Pacific. Troy was given a a permanent change of station and reported to Lowry Air Base in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 18 1945, to train B-29 pilots, co-pilots, and flight engineers, all of whom were qualified as pilots. It was at Lowry that Troy finished his military service. He mustered out of active duty in the Army Air Corps at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri on Oct. 16, 1945. He remained on inactive status through his final discharge on April 25, 1955.

After leaving active duty in the service, he attended college at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University), where he received his degree in civil engineering. During his time at Oklahoma A&M, he was an active member of the Beta Theta PI fraternity. Upon graduation in the spring of 1949, he began his professional career.

Troy spent his entire professional career with Texaco, beginning as an engineer at the Lockport, Illinois refinery. In 1950, the company took on a major expansion program at its Lawrenceville, Illinois refinery. He was transferred to assist in managing the expansion of the facility to successful completion and remained there for 15 years. In 1965, he was transferred to the Texaco refinery in Wilmington, California, to manage in plant construction projects. During the 10 years he was at the facility, he was ultimately promoted to assistant plant manager of maintenance, utilities, and construction. In 1974, Texaco had undertaken a modernization and expansion program of its Convent, Louisiana refinery. Troy was chosen to spearhead the effort at the refinery and was transferred as assistant plant manager over maintenance, utilities, and construction for the facility. In 1976, Texaco Refining was restructuring its leadership organization and Troy was named assistant area manager for all of Texaco’s refining and chemical assets in the southeast Texas region. He remained in this role until his retirement in 1985.

In addition to his professional activities, Troy maintained a lifelong commitment to public service. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Port Neches, where he held several committee chairmanships as well as committee member roles. Troy was also very active with the Hughen School of Port Arthur, Texas. He served on the board of directors of the Hughen School and was chairman of the building committee for the construction of the Bob Hope Hughen High School.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ada Ruth Brown Reynolds, originally of Lawrence County; three children, Stephen Logan Reynolds and Deborah Foster and her husband, Bill, of Tulsa, and Troy Edward Reynolds and his wife, Deanna of Missouri City, Texas; three grandchildren, Courtney Renee Reynolds, Carly Marie Sullivan Rivers and her husband, Zach, and Mason Wayne Reynolds; and one great-grandchild, Logan Rivers.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. CDT on Friday at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. A military graveside service will be held in Centerville Cemetery in Lawrence County. Visitation for family and friends will be 5-7 p.m. CDT on Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERALS

Beard, Herschel E. Jr., died Sept. 22. Services: 2 p.m. on Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Creswell, Vickie E. Nestleroad, died Sept. 21. Services: 10 a.m. CDT on Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bridgeport, Illinois. Burial: Bridgeport City Cemetery. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. CDT on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences: www.cunninghamfuneralhomes.com.

Daniels, Glory D., died Sept. 20. Services: 1 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Keyes, Phyllis M., died Sept. 18. Services: 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Duesterberg-Frederick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials: Oaktown Christian Church, Hospice or South Knox Middle High School (kids in need fund).

Lay, Jacqueline P. Bilskie, died Sept. 19. Services: 10 a.m. today at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials: Condolences: www.duesterbergfredrick.com.

Slater, Christopher Lee, died Sept. 14. Services: 10 a.m. on Saturday in Bruceville Cemetery. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Speth, Melvin C., died Sept. 20. Services: 7 p.m. on Friday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Visitation: 5 p.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: to the family to assist with medical expenses. Condolences:  www.duesterbergfredrick.com

Walters, James Michael, died Sept. 15. Services: 10 a.m. on Thursday at Brookside Bluffs in Zolfo Springs, Florida. Condolences: www.pongerkaysgrady.com.

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