Franklin West Troup
Franklin West Troup died January 16, 2014. He was born on February 8, 1921, in Decatur to Herman Orr Troup and Corrine West Troup. He attended and graduated from Decatur High School. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for two years before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. During that period, he served as a naval pilot flying Combat-F6F "Hellcats" in the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Cabot. Flying more than 100 missions against all three major islands of Japan and in the South China Sea, he became a Naval "Ace" having shot down seven planes during air to air combat. On the ground, he destroyed six and damaged nine planes. Together with three other pilots of his squadron they sunk three small cargo vessels and one oiler. He was awarded three Air Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Philippine Independence Medal and was in a group that received two Presidential Unit Citations and American Campaign Medal. He is listed in the Naval Museum in Pensacola, Florida, as one of World War II's Naval Aces. After the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a degree in Business Administration.
He married Margaret Louise Nash Stuart on December 27, 1945, and adopted her son, Randall Stuart Troup. They had a daughter on November 24, 1946, Cheryl Anne (deceased) and another daughter, Toni Louise, June 5, 1948. Frank and Weise were married for 46 years until her death in June, 1991. He remarried in 1992 to Jane Walker of Huntsville. He is survived by his wife, two children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was a past President and General Manager of Decatur Coca-Cola Bottling Co., and was the Chairman of the Board of Decatur Coca-Cola until his retirement. He was also a past President of the Alabama Bottler's Association. He was one of the founders of First State Bank of Decatur, which later became First Alabama Bank of Decatur, then Regions Bank of Decatur, where he served on the Board of Directors until mandatory retirement at age 75.
Past memberships and civic affiliations include: Decatur Chamber of Commerce; past member of Decatur Kiwanis Club; and past board member of Decatur Country Club. He was a member and served on the Board of Stewards and Central United Methodist Church in Decatur until his move to Huntsville where he attended the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.
He was currently a member of Huntsville Country Club and Highlands Country Club in Highlands, North Carolina, where he maintained residences in both locations.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of Nativity, Huntsville. Burial will be in Decatur City Cemetery. (www. laughlinservice.com
This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.