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Truett Noris Thorn

10/30/1935 - 02/01/2020

Obituary for Truett Noris Thorn

Truett Noris Thorn passed away Saturday, February 01, 2020 at the age of 84 into the loving arms of Jesus. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a retired teacher and softball coach for West Monroe High School. He was proud of his softball girls. He was inducted into LSCA Hall of Fame in 1992, was on the City Council in West Monroe, loved golf and dealing in antiques.
After retiring he moved to Baton Rouge to work for The Housing Authority, there he met and married Brenda Dell Gremillion, his wife of twenty-two years and was a member of Hosanna First Assembly.
Truett made many friends everywhere he went.
He is proceeded in death by his mother, Olla Reid Thorn, father, Rev. James Thorn, brother, Jessie Dale Thorn, and first wife Bennie Sue Thorn.
Truett is survived by stepsons Rodney Gremillion and wife Tammy of Denham Springs, Randall Gremillion and wife Beverly of Baton Rouge, stepdaughters Bonnie Drake and husband Lane of Walker, Darlene Guidry and husband Steven of Denham Springs, thirteen step grandchildren, and ten step great-grandchildren, Services to be held at Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary, on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 1:00pm with Air Force military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hosanna First Assembly, 8850 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
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I just saw Mr. Thorn's obituary in the Ouachita Citizen paper tonight, Thursday Feb 6. Mr. Thorn was one of my very favorite teachers. He was so kind, entertaining, and caring about all of us. My sister who is six years younger felt the same way about Mr. Thorn. He cared about us students, our school and our town. He and Mrs Thorn came to the 50th reunion of the Class of 1965 in 2015. It was such a treat to see and visit with him and Mrs Thorn after all of these years. It was so sweet of them to come be with us, it meant so much to me, personally. May God bless and keep his family until you see him again. Much love to all of you in memory of this sweet wonderful man. Judy Walls Poole
- Judy Walls Poole
Coach Thorn, was instrumental in getting the girls softball team the first lettermen jackets. See WMHS did not recognize us as worthy at that time. The first jacket was a wind breaker with our letter sewn on and Lady Rebels across the back. I still have mine. Thank you Coach T for believing in the Lady Rebels softball team.
- DJ Shatzer-Bush
Johnny Mercer was instrumental in bring me to WMHS way back in 1987 as assistant girl's basketball coach & girl's track coach. Truett was an integral part of athletics then & he welcomed me & we worked together for several years. He was a great guy...dedicated, compassionate, & passionate about girl's athletics at WMHS. He was a groundbreaker & didn't back down om his quest for sexual equality in athletics in our area. His legacy is very apparent today & many athletes, both female & male have benefited from his dream & hard work. Hats off to you, Truett. Enjoy your well earned rest in Heaven!
- Pam Bennett
coach thorn was such an influence on West Monroe softball. He fought for equality for girls athletics which made a huge impact on my life. Thank you coach Thorn for giving me and hundreds more the opportunity to get a college softball scholarship and a career in something we loved.
- Sherry Helms

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