Siloam Springs Herald Leader

Clyde Alden Truitt


Clyde Alden Truitt, 81, formerly of Gentry, Ark., died January 13, 2023, at Earlene Howard Hospice Home, Circle of Life in Springdale, Ark.

He was born April 24, 1941, near Decatur, Ark., to Charles and Jewell (Browning) Truitt.

He lived most of his life in Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from Decatur High School and married Darlene Browers in 1958. They are the parents of three children: Steve, Lisa, and Julie. They raised their family in Gentry where he worked for the Arkansas Western Gas Company as an Agent-Serviceman. He also served his community as a volunteer firefighte­r, a member of the Lions Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. Clyde had a passion to be self-employed and started Truitt Pump Sales & Service. He eventually sold the pump business and bought Little Drilling Company in Siloam Springs. He drilled water wells and then transition­ed to the oil well drilling business.

He married Barbara Cardwell in 1993 and built a poultry farm in Decatur, returning to his childhood home. At age 66 he was awarded Poultry Grower of the Year. While he had his poultry farm, he also drove a propane truck for Peterson Lp Gas Company. At age 74 he retired and moved to Alma with his wife.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Truitt; and daughter-in-law, Sandi Truitt.

He is survived by his children: Steve Truitt of Sperry, Okla.; Lisa Gaertner and husband Gary of Springdale; and Julie Jackson and husband Barry of Greenbrier, Ark., seven grandchild­ren, 14 greatgrand­children, and one great-great grandchild, and siblings: Doris Hoyle of Phoenix, Ariz.; Shirley Hartman of Ventura, Calif.; and Neale Truitt of Decatur.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs on Thursday, Jan. 19.

A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Wasson Funeral Home.

Wasson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangemen­ts.

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