Obituary: Russell L. Trueblood

October 3, 1947 – June 22, 2022

Russell L. Trueblood, known as “Roy” or “Papaw” to friends and family, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Columbus Regional Hospital after a sudden illness.

He was born on October 3, 1947, to Leroy and Reba Trueblood in Lampasas, Texas. He was raised in his grandparents’ home. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Titan Construction Company for many years. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, puzzles, and a Friday night card game, and was an avid bingo player, where he made many dear friends.

He was first married to Wanda McBride, who survives, then he was married to Sharon Baker Stannard, who passed away in 2008.

His longtime best friend and dearest companion, Janet Staggs, preceded him in death in 2019. With Janet came a large family that loved and cared for him as their own. Doug Staggs, Tom Staggs, James Staggs, MaryAnn Carmichael, Tammy Jo Mundy, Roseanne Suggs, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren whom lovingly referred to him as Papaw Roy.

Mr. Trueblood is survived by his three children, Melody Benhart, Teresa Murray, and Troy Trueblood, and all their children and grandchildren. Including Joseph, (who came to visit his Papaw often) Charles, Jessica, and Alexis.

Funeral services for Russell L. Trueblood will be Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Reverend Dustin Staggs officiating. Burial will follow at Hillenburg Cemetery. Visitation will also be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

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