Thomas Jay Troutman

December 1, 1994 - June 28, 2023
Thomas Jay Troutman

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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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  • August 02, 2023
    Dalton Pitt says:
    Hey brother, so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. We will definitely keep your family in our thoughts. We had some great times together at the job.

  • August 01, 2023
    Regine says:
    Dear Lee and Jill, Our heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of your son Thomas; please accept our sincerest condolence. We lift you up and pray that God will comfort you and Jill during this hard and sorrowful time. Please find solace in the knowledge that “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”. Tim and Regine Hines

  • July 19, 2023
    EddieBeck says:
    From Deb and I along with all the church family at Union Grove, Marshville, many prayers for the Lord to hold all of you close and grant you His sweet peace in your time of loss…Pastor Eddie

  • July 19, 2023
    Therese Belanger says:
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart broke hearing the pain in your voice as you shared your son's story. No parent should ever have to burry a child, it's not right or how its suppose to be. Parents weren't meant to outlive their kids. I left work that night and prayed to our blessed mother that she relieve the pain and suffering for you and your spouse if even just for a moment... feel the warmth and hug of reprieve. <3

  • July 19, 2023
    Therese Belanger lit a candle:
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