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James Owen Trump, Jr., age 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Palm Bay, under the Vitas Hospice Care. He was born in Shawsville, Virginia to Ovila Spears Trump and James O. Trump, Sr., and grew up on the family farm in Virginia.
He enlisted into the US Army in 1949, and was shipped immediately to Korea after a few months of training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was badly injured on the way to the Chosin Reservoir, Korea in November of 1950. This made him a member of the "Chosin Few". After spending many months in the hospital in Japan, he was sent right back to the front lines to fight.
When he came home he went to work for the N&W Railroad for some time. Then he went to work for G.E. He worked for G.E. for many years in Salem, VA. He had to retire from G.E. due to his war injuries. He then went into business as a home builder.
He married Barbara Sullivan (now deceased). They had a daughter, Teresa Trump. After Barbara died, he married Mary Ruth Trump (now deceased). They had a son, James O. Trump III.
Jim was awarded 3 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and many other military awards for his Korean service. He sang in a Southern Gospel Quartet in Virginia and volunteered as a Chaplain at Richfield Wellness and Rehab Center in Salem, VA for several years. He loved doing this.
Jim came to Brevard County in 1993. He married Ruthelma Gilpin in 1995. They became members of the First Baptist Church of Mims in 1996. He was also a member of the Merritt Island Masonic Lodge #353, Knights Templar, the order of the Eastern Star Canaveral Chapter #297 and a dual member of Salem Chapter #161 in Salem, VA. He volunteered as a National Service officer at the DAV memorial center on Merritt Island to help other disabled veterans.
He was a dearly loved husband, father and grandfather. He also was a loved step-father to Ruthelma's children and grandchildren. He was one of ten brothers and sisters. He has a total of seven brothers still living. One brother was killed in WWII and one died at the Salem, Virginia, VA Hospital. The rest are still living in Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruthelma; and his daughter, Teresa Graham; and son, James O. Trump III. He has three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, all living in VA. He also has four step-children, and two step-grandchildren, all from Arizona and Florida, scattered around. He is sorely missed by all.
A Christian service and a masonic service will be held on May 17th at 10AM at the First Baptist Church of Mims, FL. A military memorial service will be held at a later date in Christianburg, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to Vitas Hospice Care, 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 250, Melbourne, Florida 32934.
To leave a special message of condolence for the family, please visit www.newcomercremation.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 7, 2013