Clarence Eugene Truitt
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March 1, 1928 - Feb. 20, 2013
Clarence Eugene Truitt was born in Edmond, Okla., to John and Bessie Truitt on March 1, 1928, and passed away in Woodland on Feb. 20, 2013. Clarence soon became known as "Blackie" due to his jet black hair. Blackie met Thelma Jeter in Kingfisher, Okla., and they married in 1948 and had celebrated sixty years of marriage when she passed in 2009.
In 1963, the couple, along with their four children, moved to Woodland. Blackie was a member of the Masonic Order and a Teamster, working for many years as a cement mixer driver. In 1966, Blackie became a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and celebrated 47 years of sobriety in January 2013. A popular speaker, Blackie traveled the state speaking to other alcoholics and sponsored many who were struggling to sobriety.
Blackie was preceded in death by his wife Thelma; his parents, brothers and sisters Bud and Ervin Truitt, Katie McHone and Mildred Griffith; daughter Janet; and grandchildren Jamie and Justin Truitt. He is survived by sister Evelyn Conley, son and daughter-in-law John and Nancy Truitt; and daughters and sons-in-law Joyce and Don Azevedo, Tommie and Joel Payne and Toni and David Thompson; as well as 12 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be a viewing at Kraft Bros. Funeral Chapel, 175 Second St., at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 7, with graveside services at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 CR-22, Woodland, at 10 a.m., Friday, March 8. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Blackie Truitt Memorial Fund at Bank of the West Woodland to benefit Blackie's favorite charities.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors
175 Second Street Woodland, CA 95695
Published in Daily Democrat from Mar. 5 to Mar. 25, 2013