Willie Truitt Berrier was born in Boz, TX on January 8th, 1933, a day so rainy the doctor rode to the home on horseback. He was the third and last child of Claude and Annis Berrier. His was a happy childhood, hunting and fishing, working on the family farm and enjoying sports with his many friends.
=He attended schools in Boz and Forreston graduating in 1951. Truitt enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War and served 4 years as a fire control technician on the USS Boxer. In 1959 he married his beloved Billie Cummins. They made their home in Duncanville, TX. Truitt was employed by Western Electric until 1983 when he retired from his manager position.
Truitt was a true Texas hero. Five people were rescued from a stormy Lake Fork by Truitt and his friend Pinto Pendley. They had the courage to risk their lives in a borrowed boat to save 3 adults and 2 children clinging to a tree in the middle of the raging flood. Truitt always felt the Lord had helped him pull them into the boat.
After his wife, Billie's death, Truitt married Jean Cabrero and was a wonderful father and role model for his 4 step children who called him "Papa." He was a faithful and loving Christian husband and enjoyed his grandchildren, taking them to fish and swim. Truitt was a 32 degree Mason. In 2010 he and Jean joined Hillcrest Baptist Church and he was baptized in 2012.
Truitt is survived by his sister Jorea Adkins and Russell Lee Berrier as well as their children: Debbie Patton (Bill) and Nancy Bradford (Brent), Russell Berrier II (Sharon) and Lisa Patterson. Also various great nieces and nephews: Jillian Crawford (Keith), Eric and Kati Bradford. Other great nieces and nephews are Dearl and Charles Russell and Brooklyn Patterson.
Leah Walters (Lee), Alfredo D. Cabrero and Stephen Cabrero (Sarita) are his step children who will miss him, as well as their children Justin and Alex Walters, Elan and David Cabrero, Joseph Cabrero and Katelyn Gaddis (Alex). The great-great-grandchildren who brought him much joy are Riley, Natalie and Elena Gaddis and Wyatt and Vivian Lea Crawford.
His sister in law Sharyn Townsley will miss his down-home sense of humor.
Lastly, he is survived by his wife, Jean Ann Berrier who considers herself blessed to have known and loved this kind man for 36 years.
Funeral services for Truitt will be held at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 265 W Pleasant Run Rd, Cedar Hill, TX 75104 at 10 AM Saturday, July 1, 2017, Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, 534 Bethel Rd., Waxahachie, TX.