Jeff Trussell, age 45, so fittingly born during 1967’s Summer of Love, was swept mercifully into the waiting arms of God on Sunday, September 16, 2012. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Maryville. where he sang in the church choir, served as a deacon, and acted as a volunteer youth leader. He was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Trussell; father-in-law (and true father-at-heart) Raymond Pryor; grandparents, James and Edith Trussell; and grandparents, Wallace and Jean deWitt. He will be missed beyond measure by his wife and true companion of 20 years, Kim Pryor Trussell; beloved son, Dylan Trussell; mother, Alice deWitt; brother, James Trussell; mother-in-law, Carolyn Pryor; grandmother-in-law, Gladys Guffey; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Michelle and Chuck Jones; niece, Kelsie Jones; nephew, Hayden Jones; his family favorites, Uncle Will deWitt and Aunt Ellen and Uncle Marsh Farro; cousins, Jack and Eric Farro; a multitude of family, friends, coworkers, and a loving church family. He loved his job and the people at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and kept near to his heart many of his former Pepsi-Cola co-workers as well. He loved rooting for his Dallas Cowboys, his spring trips to the Kentucky Derby, “activities” with Kim, Dylan, and Jimmy, and showing everybody that he pretty much knew it all. Jeff will most be remembered for his incredible sense of humor and that his life’s goal was to make someone laugh every single day, his compassion and heart for God, the youth, and all the people of Cedar Grove, and his unwavering character and commitment to family, faith, and fun. His mind, heart, and hands were always open and he did everything in a way that put his special stamp on it. He will always be thought of and remembered with a smile, but he would prefer a really loud laugh. Know God, do good, and make somebody laugh every day. Jeff’s testimony isn’t finished. Youth, remember and take to heart everything Jeff taught on the retreat and all those other Sundays. (And always remember, “Shiny thing!”) Humbled and forever gratitude to the many strangers who stopped to help us rescue those in the church van and offer aid, but especially Jennifer, Lexie, and Terry, who pulled many of our children to safety and stayed with us on the scene until the last child was taken by ambulance. Nick Davis, you are a hero. A heartfelt thanks to the members of Cedar Grove for their support and love as well as the prayers and offerings of the community and fellow churches. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church for the Courteney Kaliszewski Family and that prayers and love be showered upon this family. “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” — Acts 20:24 (NIV). The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 21, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, with service to follow at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Bob Lynch officiating. Family and friends will meet at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday for graveside service and inurnment. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home Seymour, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, 577-2807.