The Obit For John Trucks

John Trucks

Pine Bluff Commercial
Monday, October 13, 2008 10:06 AM CDT

John Edward Trucks of Pine Bluff finished his earthly life Oct. 11, 2008, in Batesville, Ark. He was surrounded by his family when he went to be with his Lord and Maker, Jesus Christ.

He was born in Rison, Ark., Sept. 7, 1934, to Ancil and Charlotte Blackstock Trucks. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James David, and his first wife, Bootsie Wafford Trucks.

He is survived by one brother, Robert Trucks (Barbara); his wife, Sue Culpepper Trucks; his son, Mark Edward Trucks (Susan); daughters, Joni Michelle Trucks and Marsha Trucks Rawls (Rickey), Bobra Brown (Ellis), Deana Lohnes and Marta Lohnes; grandchildren, Brad White (Emma), Whitney Moore (Chris), Tracie Trucks, Trey Trucks (Kristen) and Leslie Trucks, Chris, Alan, Alissa and Paul Brown; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins and friends.

John played on the 1950 Rison football State Championship team. In 1953 John played minor league baseball for the Hot Springs Bathers in the Cotton State League and went on to play left field for the Harlan Kentucky Smokies and was a leading hitter with a 351 average. In the 1960s John, his brother and father went into the poultry equipment business which grew into 6 locations in Arkansas and Louisiana.

He served on Rison City Council and was a board member of Pine State Bank. He was a member of Rison Baptist Church and attended Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church. John was passionate about baseball, family and hard work. He enjoyed helping people and always had words of advice to offer.

Yet John would say that none of this was the measure of a man. John finished this life well as one of God’s own, telling as many as would listen that he loved them and that he loved Jesus more and was ready to go home.

Honorary pallbearers, remaining members of the 1950 football team; Roy Baggett, Reginald Glover, Charles Hobson, Rex Hyatt, Harold Mc-Kinney, Ray Morrison, O.D. Walker, Grady Wilson, Bobby Tucker and George Walker. Pallbearers: Bryan Trucks, Chris Trucks, Jimmy Walls, Jim Owens, Bill Young, Mike Young and Mark Young.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Buie Funeral Home in Rison with Rev. George Odell, Mr. Alan Peek and Rev. Kenny Blackwell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at Buie Funeral Home in Rison.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Community Foundation, RHS Championship Scholarship, Union Station, 1400 West Markham, Suite 206, Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

Arrangements are under the direction of Buie Funeral Home of Rison, (870) 325-6216. Please sign the online guestbook at