Truman Petway

September 9, 1945 ~ March 19, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Truman Petway Obituary

Truman Petway, a Vietnam War veteran, departed this earthly life and entered eternal peace on March 19, 2024.  He was born on September 9, 1945, in Shorter, Alabama. Truman was the youngest of four brothers and five sisters. His life was marked by courage, sacrifice, and compassion—a legacy that touched hearts far and wide.

Truman loved tending to his lawn—the smell of freshly cut grass, and the satisfaction of neatly trimmed hedges. And when the roar of racing cars echoed through the air, Truman’s eyes would light up. Whether at the track or watching from home, he reveled in the speed, and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. But perhaps his fondest memories were those of childhood—fishing expeditions with his sisters and brothers. Those moments shaped him, binding the Petway siblings in a bond unbreakable by time or distance.

Beyond his military service, Truman’s heart belonged to his beloved wife, Janet Petway. Their enduring story spanned 60 years, a testament to commitment, resilience, and unwavering devotion.  For 48 years, they weathered life’s storms and celebrated its joys. Their love was a beacon—a lighthouse guiding them through the darkest nights and the sunniest days.

Truman Petway’s impact on this world extends far beyond his journey. Through the lives of his children, his spirit lives on—a testament to love, resilience, and the bonds that tie generations together. Tavia Anderson (Petway): As the oldest, Tavia carries the weight of her father’s wisdom—the quiet moments when he shared life’s lessons, and the laughter that echoed through their home.   Truman Petway II: The youngest, yet a vessel for his father’s spirit. Truman’s strength, honor, and unwavering commitment flow through Truman II’s veins. He inherits not only a name but also a legacy—a torch to carry forward.  Stepdaughter Karin Greene: She weaves his memory into the fabric of her life—a stepdaughter forever touched by his kindness and presence. Son-in-law Tyrone Anderson Jr: Bound by marriage, but more importantly, bound by shared respect and admiration. Tyrone honors Truman’s legacy—the man who shaped the family he now calls his own.

His sisters—Vornceal, Annette, and Alantheia—share cherished memories of growing up together. They were more than siblings; they were confidantes, playmates, and pillars of support. Their laughter still echoes in the corners of their hearts.

In addition to his immediate family, Truman touched the lives of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews—all bearing witness to his kindness and generosity. Special cousins and a host of friends mourn his passing, remembering the moments of joy, camaraderie, and shared meals around the table.

Truman Petway, a man of both duty and love, served his country as a Tactical Transportation Helicopter Engineer during his 19 years in the United States Army.  As a Staff Sergeant (SSG), Truman exemplified leadership and dedication. Truman Petway’s distinguished military career was adorned with a remarkable array of medals and awards, each representing his unwavering commitment and valor. Let us honor his legacy by acknowledging a few out of many significant accolades:

·         Army Commendation Medal: Awarded for meritorious service and exceptional contributions.

·         Overseas Service Ribbon (2): Recognizing his deployments and service beyond U.S. borders.

·         Flight Crewman Badge: A badge of honor for his expertise and contributions as a tactical transportation helicopter engineer.

·         Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: Bestowed upon him for gallant actions during his service in Vietnam.

·         National Defense Service Medal: Acknowledging his service during times of national crisis.

·         Vietnam Service Medal: Commemorating his duty in Vietnam.


His legacy extends beyond the ranks; it lives on in the hearts of those who knew him. His unwavering spirit will forever echo in the hearts of those who knew him.  May he rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the gratitude of a nation and the love of his family and friends.

Instead of a conventional celebration of life service, Truman’s Military Honor Ceremony, scheduled for May, will be announced once the exact date is confirmed. While it deviates from the usual format, this solemn and dignified event stands as a powerful tribute to honor Truman’s unwavering commitment and sacrifices.

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