Thomas Jay Troutman, was born in Monroe, NC, on 01 December 1994, and he passed away unexpectedly in Fairbanks, AK, on 28 June 2023, where he was assigned to U.S. Army, 5-1 CAV, at Fort Wainwright.
Thomas was the proud son of Lee and Jill Troutman of Fayetteville, NC, and he was the brother to Meredith Troutman Tripp (Maj. Jordan Tripp, USMC), and beloved uncle to Tucker and Ellie Tripp. He was the grandson of Herman (deceased) and Barbara Troutman, of China Grove, NC; and Bill (deceased) and Anne Traywick, of Marshville, NC.
He graduated from Fayetteville Christian (FCS) High School, and Appalachian State University (ASU). He excelled at ASU in the IT/Business curriculum, earning a 4.67 GPA, and subsequently worked as an IT Server Engineer for BB&T, prior to entering service. Thomas was a God loving, athletic, and a highly intelligent young man. Yet, he was also a Patriot, who wanted to serve his country. He was a centerfielder on (4) consecutive 17U/19U N.C. State Championship summer-league teams, that competed in World Series competition in Ozark, Alabama; LaFayette, Louisiana; and Charleston, South Carolina. He was a naturally gifted track athlete, participating in NC District and State level competitions in the 200m and 400m relay events. Thomas Troutman was kind, considerate, and trustworthy. His family loved him very much, and he will forever be missed, yet live on in our hearts forever. Thomas was a devout Christian, and he kept his bible close to him.
Thomas Troutman’s legacy is one of love and admiration, for everyone,and all living creatures. Thomas loved nature, and as a young child, he was seldom inside, running out the front door, in Hawaii, to catch lizards and butterflies, always setting them free. Every time we see a Gecko, or a Blue Jay, we think of him. Thomas was a true friend, that you could always depend on. He had a tender heart, and his friendship was infectious to all that knew him, and his days on the baseball field with his father are cherished memories. Thomas always enjoyed riding jetskis, coastal fishing, and cast-netting for shrimp, in the tributaries of the Intracoastal Waterway. During his younger years, Thomas lived in various overseas locations to include, Beijing, China; Manama, Bahrain; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Our family takes comfort in knowing that Thomas smiles above us, watching over us alongside his maker. Thomas was simply a gift from God, that kept on giving… We take solace in knowing that he is with God now. “God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, for the former things have passed away.” Rev 1:4.”
A chapel service is planned for 10:00 AM Thursday July 20, 2023 at Black Mountain State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will fellowship with friends immediately following the service.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099