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Frederick Wayne Trammell, 90, of Stephenville, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Dallas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, March 19th at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Buddy Wells officiating and Wayne’s grandchildren assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory in Stephenville, Texas. Visitation will be held 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Frederick Wayne Trammell was born on March 29, 1924 in Breckenridge, Texas to Hobson and Annie Lucile Taylor Trammell of Stephenville. He served in The United States Army during World War II. He was with the 91st Division, 916th Field Artillery, Battery C. He was wounded in Sabbioni, Italy in October 1944.
Wayne and his wife Mary moved to Stephenville in 1947. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Stephenville. He was the owner of Lawson’s Jewelry Store for 30 years. After retirement, he became a self-taught “Rock Hound.” He and his wife Mary traveled North America rock hunting and making scores of new friends. In addition to rock hunting, Trammell taught himself the art of faceting precious and semi-precious stones. Later he took up the art of knapping – making arrowheads and stone knives in the Indian tradition.
Wayne moved from Lone Camp to Stephenville in 1942 to attend Tarleton State College. On June 28, 1943 Wayne signed up for the U.S. Army in Palo Pinto, then later was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for training. He was deployed to North Africa then on to Italy serving in the Rome – Arno, North Apennines Campaigns. On October 13, 1944, Wayne was seriously wounded in Sabbioni, Italy, north of Rome. He was transferred back to a field hospital in North Africa and from there flown to Florida and then to Atlantic City, New Jersey Veterans Hospital and then lastly to McCloskey Hospital in Temple, Texas in December 1945. His decorations and citations include: American Theater, Medal, European African Middle East Theater Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Purple Heart.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary; daughter, Freddia Gray, and her husband Stan; son, Bill; and daughter, Ann Ayers, and her husband Jim; sister, Betty Huston; brothers, Jim Trammell and wife Pauline, David Trammell and wife Bernice; grandchildren, Misty and husband Timothy Rowland, Tyson and wife Christina Gray, Wendy and husband Daron Scott, Will and wife Jordan Trammell, Jason and wife Jodi Trammell, and Preston Ayers; 14 great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Madeleine, Jackson, Faith, Emma Kate, Jacob, Jaxon, Carter, Evynn, Jenna, Boone, Grier, Angela and Monty; several cousins, nephews and nieces.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Hobson and Annie and sister Dorothy Comer.