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James Fischer Trotter, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 25, 2018 @ 2:32 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 13 Comments

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James Fischer Trotter, Jr.

October 23, 1938 to June 23, 2018

James Fischer Trotter, of Chapel Hill, passed away June 23 at his home.

Born and raised in Reidsville, N.C, James was the son of the late James Fischer Trotter and Martha Neal Trotter.  Educated in the Reidsville public schools, he graduated from Reidsville High School in 1956 and attended Hargrave Military Academy on a post graduate athletic scholarship in 1957, graduating from there that year. He went on to The Citadel in Charleston S.C., in 1958 and transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. in 1960.  In 1961 James married the love and his life, Margaret Scott Rodwell of Warrenton, N.C. and started to work for The American Tobacco Company at the Reidsville Branch. In January he was transferred to the Durham Branch and was given the opportunity to learn the manufacturing processes from start to finish. James became their Branch Manager and in 1986 was transferred back to the Reidsville Branch location as their Primary Manager.

While in Durham, James served on the boards of United Way, The Red Cross, Saint Mary’s Country Day School, and helped the Chamber on various projects. He served on the Vestry of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C., Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Reidsville, N.C., and Saint James Episcopal Church in Shallotte, N.C. He served as a senior warden for a total of three years.

An avid golfer, James enjoyed the joys and frustrations of the game, with his buddies, from the beach to the mountains of North Carolina.  He was also a lifelong fan of the UNC Tarheels.

James is survived by his wife Margaret Scott R. Trotter of 57 years; son James Fischer Trotter lll and his wife Elaine Blanton Trotter of Tampa Florida; their two sons James Fischer Trotter lV., Tanner Blanton Trotter and his wife Stephanie Trotter and their son Peter Trotter; his daughter Martha Trotter Pearson and her husband Kent Pearson of Pittsboro, N.C. and their two boys Benjamin Pearson and Forest Pearson; a daughter Scott R. Trotter and her husband Reid Parks of Fort Mill, S.C.;  a brother Stephen Neal Trotter and his wife Brenda Mills Trotter of Greensboro, N.C.; and a sister Elizabeth Trotter Hannaum and her husband George Hannaum of Greensboro, N.C.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 3 at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C. There will be a luncheon reception in the Parish Hall following the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Stephens Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, NC  27707 or UNC Hospice Medical Foundation of N.C., 880 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The Trotter family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com; select obituaries.

Condolences for the family of “James Fischer Trotter, Jr.”

Condolence from Rick &Carol Dynesius on June 25th, 2018 3:10 pm

Jimmy characterized all the aspects of a perfect Southern gentleman. He and Scottie had the warmest relationship with Carol and me and we are deeply sadden of his passing. We shared several Thanksgivings with the family at Jefferson Landing and fortunately we have pictures and fond memories that will last a lifetime. We will miss Jimmy.

Condolence from Wayne Johnson on June 25th, 2018 5:37 pm

Jimmy was a very kind person who made all of us feel good just by being around him. I know that I will miss him. All good thoughts and prayers go out to Margaret and the entire family.

Wayne and Diane Johnson

Condolence from Jim & Pam Dodd on June 25th, 2018 9:36 pm

Our deepest Sympathy goes out to Scott and the family. So happy that we did speak to Jimmy & Scott just two weeks ago.
We had many good times with them in Jefferson, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC.

Condolence from Sally on June 25th, 2018 9:44 pm

Such sadness to learn of Jims passing. We had many fond memories while they were at the STonebridge cabin. Such a delightful couple! Scott and I had such fun with the SCrabble. DIva gals. Love and sympathy…SAlly and Tom Klinedinst

Condolence from Jim & Pam Dodd on June 26th, 2018 7:31 am

Our Deepest Sympathy to Scott and family.
We are lucky that we talked to Jimmy and Scott just two weeks ago.
Jimmy was a golfing buddy in Jefferson, NC and in Myrtle Beach, SC. He will be missed by many people.

Condolence from patsy yates on June 26th, 2018 8:30 am





Condolence from Meegie Glass on June 26th, 2018 3:49 pm

Scott….I heard from Page
Im so sorry….what a shock
Prayers for you my friend

Condolence from Donald D Cook Sr. on June 26th, 2018 5:41 pm

I express my deepest sympathy to all of Jimmys family
I was fortunate to have played some Golf at Duke with him
It was my pleasure to know a fine Gentleman like Jimmy.

Condolence from Barbara & Wylie Berryt on June 28th, 2018 7:20 am

Dear Scottie and Family,
I remember the first time we met you and Jimmy at Carol and Rick Dynesius’ cabin. I thought you two were one of the nicest, most gracious couples I had ever met. It was a pleasure getting to know you. When you left the mountain, you were so missed; left a big hole in our lives too.
We will be thinking of you in the days ahead as you learn to live in a world without your Jimmy.

Condolence from Carma Burton on June 28th, 2018 6:41 pm

The Trotters and Burtons have been good friends for three generations. This started in Reidsville N.C., with the next few moving to Durham . Martha Ann and Dolly were, and are , loyal best friends forever. It was a wonderful day when I heard that Scott

and Jimmy were coming to The Cedars , where I had lived for years. We shared a history , and many happy memories. I will miss you, Jimmy, but so glad to hear Scott will stay with us. It is a warm , safe place to go through what are called “ necessary losses” of age.

Condolence from LARRY stephenson on June 29th, 2018 5:05 pm

Jimmy was the best man i ever worked for at the American, or any place ,so sorry he was one of the best person that i ever knew, I know everyone that knew him will miss him,prayers for the family .

Condolence from Don Coker on July 2nd, 2018 11:10 am

Jimmy was made up of Grit and determination. I’ll always remember him for the one-on-one drills under Coach Wingfield. Jimmy weighed about 150 and I weighed 195. He would always jump in front when it was my turn to run. He hit me as hard as I have ever been hit.

As I’m sure you know, Jimmy was an avid golfer, even as a kid. He was a great putter under pressure. I learned so much about golf just by watching Jimmy fight, particularly when the Nassau bet was about to be lost.

What a great gang of people in our ’56 graduating class. Life has been a wonderful ride, even through sad and tough times. There is no question that the people that Jimmy touched will always remember him as a thoughtful and loyal person who gave of himself to all.

Surely we will miss this fine man.

Condolence from Edward Tuttle on July 12th, 2018 3:47 pm

Dear Scott so sorry to hear about Jimmy. His passing leaves a treasure of good memories of times at the beach, may God be with you at this time. Deb and I love you, if you ever get back to the beach we would to see you. Edward and Deb

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