September 3, 1958 – November 25, 2016
Derrick Tyrone Truss Sr. was born September 3, 1958 to Norma and John Wesley Truss in Jackson, Miss. He was the eldest of four children. As a boy, youth and young man, Truss excelled at what he did. He played several sports, attained Eagle Rank, order of the Arrow in Boy Scouts and achieved high academic honors. Most importantly, at the age of 19, he decided to follow Jesus and serve Him with his life.
He married the love of his life, Maxine (Etheredge) Truss March 8, 1980. She and their children, Crystal and Derrick Jr. survive. They loved one another tremendously. Also surviving are his mother, Norma; brother, Charles; sister, Charlotte; brother, Jeffery; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John. Truss was called to ministry in 1984.
He faithfully enjoyed serving God in various ways including working with children’s church ministries, youth ministries, teaching the Bible, serving as associate pastor, volunteering at the nursing home, and serving as a Mississippi state minister for the Church of God (Anderson, IN). During this season in his life, he volunteered at John Hopkins Elementary School. Most recently he worked at Oakley Youth Development Center where he became known as “Papa Truss.” He worked for the United States Postal Service for 31 years before experiencing health problems. Friday morning, Nov. 25, 2016, he got to meet Jesus face to face.
A funeral service for Truss will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at Central Community Church of God, 2305 St. Charles Ave., Jackson, Miss. Bro. Sandford Knott will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Funeral Service, 1000 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Jackson, MS 39213