Bill C. Trotter Sr., 71, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at his home following a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born in Warner Robins, Ga., on June 19, 1942, a son of the late William and Texi Trotter.
He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Benton. He graduated from Bradley Central High School and also Cleveland State Community College.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. He worked and retired after more than 28 years of service from the Charleston Hosiery Company.
He was an avid softball fan and worked for many years as a scorekeeper with the local umpires and scorekeepers association.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one daughter, Connie Trotter; two sons, William Robert Trotter and James Wilbur Trotter; three sisters: Mildred Key, Mary Ruth Newberry and Mattie Lee Hammonds; and two brothers, Jimmy Trotter and Danny Trotter.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Mary Frances Casson Trotter; daughters, Carla Ware (Jay) and Rhonda Valdovinos (Roger); one son, Anthony Trotter (fiancée Stacy Pike); eight grandchildren: Meredith Herring, Dakota Trotter, Alexis Valdovinos, Madison Ware, Ashton Valdovinos, Abbigayle Trotter, Hayden Haney and Noland Haney; two great-grandchildren, Paisley Herring and Sophie Herring; three brothers: Ray Trotter (Mary Frances) of Macon, Johnny Trotter of Benton and Tommy Trotter (Kim); one sister-in-law, Ina Trotter; and several nieces, nephews, several other extended family members and a host of special friends.
A celebration of his life will be held tonight, Jan. 21, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Philippi Baptist Church, 2484 Harrison Pike W. in Cleveland, with the Rev. John Cain and Dr. Sammy Hooker officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church this evening from 4 until the 7 p.m. service time.
The interment and committal service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery and will conclude with full military honors.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the family to help offset the medical bills of Billy and also Mary Frances.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Billy and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Trotter family with these arrangements.