Dr. Howard Trull, 89, of Linden passed away Monday March 11, 2019 after a battle with lung cancer and heart failure. He was born in Linden to the late Jess Trull and Mary Lattis Parnell Trull. He was a retired minister of the Church of Christ and professor of biology at Freed-Hardeman University, where he taught for 36 years. Dr. Trull received his A.A. degree from Freed-Hardeman in 1956. He continued his education at Middle Tennessee State University, where he received his B.S. degree in 1957 and George Peabody College, where he received his M.A. degree in 1958. In 1969 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. He began his teaching career at Freed-Hardeman in the summer of 1958. As chairman of the biology department, he advised students who went on to become physicians, pharmacists, nurses, optometrists and many other health-related professions. Many have also become teachers of the sciences. Dr. Trull has been named to Who's Who in American Education and Personalities of the South. He has also been a past member of the American Society for Microbiologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Tennessee Academy of Science. He retired in 1994 to settle back down on his farm with his children and grandchildren where he began cutting cedar lumber with a one-man sawmill. He ran the sawmill business until the fall of 2017 when his health began to fail. He also loved to travel the country with his wife and family, admiring the beauty of God' creation. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Sue Culp Trull, an infant daughter Tommie Gayle Trull, a sister Mary Loudean Trull Warren and son-in-law Jimmy Hinson. Survivors include his children David (Connie) Trull, Julia Hinson and Allen (Cindy)Trull all of Linden, grandchildren J.B. (Carmen) Trull, Buck (Paula) Trull, Jay Hinson, Josh (Karli) Trull, Haylee (Erik) Hall, great-grandchildren Carson (Ethan) Tanner, Jordan (Hollie) Trull, Bryce Trull, Blazz Trull, Briley Trull, Samuel Trull and Lincoln Trull, great-great grandchildren Maverick Tanner and Kent Trull and a host of other loving family members and many, many friends. Memorials in Dr. Trull's name may be made to Freed-Hardeman University, 158 East Main St., Henderson, Tn. 38340.
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