Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mississippi Lion Speaks to Warren Club

Left to Right:  Brandon Gorman, Jim Wisener, Gene Trussell, Jimmy Moseley, and Mayor Bryan Martin
The speaker for the June 10th Warren Lions Club hails from Columbus Mississippi but he has deep roots in Warren.  Gene Trussell spoke on a variety of topics, mainly concentrating on the foundational programs supported by the International Lions Clubs.  He talked about combating diabetes and programs to assist the blind and hearing impaired that are supported by the Lions Clubs both locally and internationally.

Mr. Trussell spent some of his formative years growing up in Warren.  His father served as pastor of First Baptist Church from 1951 to 1959.  Gene attended school in Warren grades 2-9 and fondly recalls being in the Lumberjack Band under the tutorship of Curry Martin.  He later served in the Air Force and with the Civil Service as well as private business.  He operates a marketing firm from his home in retirement.

Mr. Trussell had as his guest at the meeting Jimmy Moseley and Jim Wisener, two of his childhood friends form his days growing up in Warren.  During his remarks he spoke of longtime Warren educator Mrs. Allie Mae Temple and his attendance at C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport after he moved from Warren.  It was noted that Dr. Sue Martin, wife of Mayor Bryan Martin and Mrs. Maribeth Frazer are both alumni of Byrd.  He also said he got to know Terry Bradshaw and Razorback great Joe Ferguson who attended Woodlawn High School in Shreveport.

He urged Lion members to stay involved and to recruit additional members. 

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