Roy Allen Trentham

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, January 24, 2013

Roy Allen Trentham went home to the Lord on January 23, 2013.  He was born on November 19, 1922 on a 160 acre family farm near Hobart, Kiowa County, OK.  Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013at 11:00 am in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Billy Carter officiating and Dillard Funeral Home of Brundidge directing. Visitation will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Dillard Funeral Home in Brundidge.

On March 1, 1943, Roy volunteered for the US Navy.  He was assigned a job as land based Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class Petty Officer and Aerial Gunner.  He was sent to the Naval and Technical School and to Gunnery Schoolin Jacksonville, Florida, and then to Liberator School in Kansas.  In the summer of 1944 he was deployed to Guam via a short stay in Hawaii.  During his time there he flew on several missions, including the Battle of Iwo Jima,Torregedor, and mainland Japan.  He was the nose turret gunner in the PB4Y1 (the Army calls this plane the B24) and was awarded two Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts.  He was honorably discharged in March of 1946.  In 1947 he met and married his first wife, Lillian Patrick Trentham.  In 1949, he joined the National Guard. In 1950, his unit was mobilized and sent to Korea, near Seoul.  While there he served as a tank mechanic and commander of a “Retriever Crew”.  He achieved the rank of E-7 Master Sgt. and was awarded the Korean Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star.  In April of 1952 he left Korea and returned to Ft Sill, Oklahoma.  They were soon decommissioned and he was honorably discharged from the National Guard in June of 1952.  Shortly thereafter he went to work as an aircraft mechanic at Camp Rucker (now Ft Rucker).  He later became an inspector and retired fromSikorski in 1989.  He served in the Army National Guard and Navy during WWII. In January 1975, his first wife passed away due to cancer.  Later in 1975 he met and married his second wife, Morrell Bowden Blair Trentham.  Roy was also predeceased by Morrell on December 16, 2007 he was also preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers and sisters..  He is survived by his son, Thomas William Blair Sr. (Louise), grandchildren, Thomas William Blair Jr. (Theresa), Jennifer Leigh Blair Butler (Jeffrey), Eric Wayne Blair (Rochelle), seven Great-Grandchildren, and five Great-Great-Grandchildren who are all heartbroken and left to cherish his memory. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends across the United States.

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