Died: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 07, 2017
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 08, 2017
Location: University United Methodist Church

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Fri., Dec. 08, 2017
Location: University United Methodist Church

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Edsel Artois Thruston, the youngest son of the late Samuel and Georgia (Crump) Thruston was born on May 15, 1927 in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he grew up with his brother, Felix (deceased) and sister, Amanda Evelyn (deceased).

Edsel accepted Christ at an early age and attended Little Flock Baptist Church in Sorgho, Kentucky. He attended and graduated from Western High School in 1945.He went on to Kentucky State College in Frankfort, Kentucky and in 1950, graduated with a BA degree in Agriculture. It was at Kentucky State that, 69  years ago on the exact day he departed from this life, he became a life member of his beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

While in college, Edsel met and became friends with several of the Luney brothers from Irvinington, Kentucky. While visiting their home, he was introduced to their little sister and the woman who later became the love of his life, Sallie M. Luney. On November 19, 1955, in her home in Irvington, Kentucky, Edsel was united in holy matriomony with Sallie - a union that lasted 62 years. Together, they had four beautiful children.

A long-time Indianapolis businessman, Edsel began his career as an insurance saleman with Mammoth Life and Accident Insurance Company. After demonstrating his successful leadership and sales skills, Edsel was promoted to Indianapolis District Manager. During his nearly 20 year leadership term, he hired many African American men and women, including his nephew Adrian Smiley and trained them to be successful sales persons and to understand the importance of treating all customers with honesty and respect. In 2000, he and Adrian became owners of their own Allstate Agencies and located their offices at 71st and Michigan Road. After a successful 51 year career in the insurance industry, he quietly retired in 2007 at the age of 80 years.

As a faithful servant to the Lord, Edsel and his family became members of Barnes United Methodist Church when they first moved to Indianapolis. With the opening of University United Methodist Church in 1972, and its close proximity to their home, Edsel and his family transferred their membership to the University United Methodist Church, where he was very active.

In addition to his church, Edsel was actively involved and often served in leadership roles in many community and civic organizations, such as Lions Club, NAACP, Indianapolis Urban League, Federation of Associated Clubs, Inc., United Fund and the Highland Kessler. He was a Mason and former member of Mt. Pisgah Lodge #20 in Owensboro, Kentucky where he was also a Shriner. He was a member of the Bachelor Benedict Club of Indianapolis, active member and former president of the Indianapolis Kentucky State University Alumni Association. He served in leadership roles in his beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc as president of Iota Lambda Chapter from 1990-1995 and 2004-2005. Iota Lambda Chapter named him Alpha Man of the Year.

Edsel departed this life on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the age of ninety years. Edsel was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Maurice and leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Sallie; daughters, April (Donald) Oldham, Dr. Wanda Thurston, and Gayle (Joseph) Fields; one nephew/son Adrian (Carolyn) Smiley; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; an adopted Kenyan family that affectionately knew him as "Grandpa", an abundance of nieces and nephews who called him their "favorite uncle," and a host of extended family and friends who knew him as their mentor and confidant.

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Olga Marilyn McKissic
   Posted Tue December 05, 2017
Cousin Edsel will be forever missed and forever remembered. I pray we can maintain the excellent service and support he provided our family over many decades as one of the leaders of our family reunion. He will be truly missed. Our prayers are with you Cousin Sallie, April, Wanda and Gail and the rest of the family. God will provide all you need and then some. Amen. Love you Marilyn

Mary d bush
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. You have my prayers that God will see you through this time. Remember the many happy times the two of you had together during this short period on this earth. This will help to get you through the early period of his loss. My condolences to the rest of the family

Kathy (Grady) Watts
   Posted Sun December 10, 2017
Mrs. Thruston and family,
I wanted to express my sincere condolences, in the passing of your husband.
Mrs. Thruston, you were my kindergarten teacher at school 44 , 58yrs ago. Mr. Thruston was also my fathers insurance man and my brothers boss for a while. Praying that God comforts you and your family during this time of bereavement.

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