John William "Bill" Trotter

Born: Sat., Jun. 30, 1945
Died: Tue., May 15, 2012

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John William “Bill” Trotter, age 66, of Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, GA. He was born in Charlotte, NC on June 30, 1945 to the late John Beryl Trotter and Josephine Jeter Trotter. He was a graduate of Kirkwood High School and then attended Auburn University where he started flight training. He became an airline pilot working for Continental Airlines for twenty-four years retiring in 2007. He married the former Charlene Ann Roadman on June 24, 1989. They have lived at Reynolds Plantation since 2000 where he enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Ann Roadman Trotter of Greensboro, GA; a stepson, Brian Ellis of Port Charlotte, FL; a sister, Cindi Peel and husband Edwin of Nashville, TN; his beloved pet cats, Rocky and Natasha; and many friends. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Reynolds Plantation Pavilion, 3310 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Dr. David Key officiating. The family requests that any memorials be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, P. O. Box 49416, Atlanta, GA 30359. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register

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Ellie & Jim Watson
   Posted Fri May 18, 2012
Sorry we can't be there with you, Charlie. Hopefully Bill is in a place where he can play golf every day and par every hole! See you soon. Ellie & Jim

Bob and Jenny Bedell
   Posted Fri May 18, 2012
Charlie, Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill,you and your family. Bill was the happiest man at Reynolds. He made Reynolds a better place for those of us who were fortunate enough to be his friend. May God bless you and give you strength during this difficult time.

Buster Hudson
   Posted Sat May 19, 2012
To a dear friend. You will be missed by many.

   Posted Sat May 19, 2012

Charlie King
   Posted Sat May 19, 2012
Charlene, I am saddened at the news of Bill's passing. I have been in shock all week. We had our lesson a week or so ago and he was full of life and optimism (as he always was). He was a friend as well as a golf student of mine. I will miss his sense of humor, his great stories, his intellect and all that was good about Bill Trotter. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help during this difficult time. Your Friend, Charlie King

Margaret & Larry Stanford
   Posted Sat May 19, 2012
Charlie: Even though neither Larry nor I knew Bill on a personal level, we wanted you to know that we both share your sorrow at having lost a beloved spouse. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Pete Terrian
   Posted Sun May 20, 2012
Always "The gentleman." RIP Captain.

Bob Preston
   Posted Sun May 20, 2012
Bill was a unique individual who displayed a gift of life. He enjoyed it to the fullest and will be missed.

Sterling & Lois
   Posted Sun May 20, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will truly be missed by us. I will miss my member-member partner:especially the stories and laughter.

Al Minnig
   Posted Sun May 20, 2012
As a former NYAir pilot myself, I have fond memories of Bill and am saddened to hear of his passing especially at such an early age. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Gary Nelson
   Posted Sun May 20, 2012
Bill and I formed a bond over thirty five years ago that has stood the test of time and separation. We followed different paths, but never did say "goodbye" back then. Less than two years ago we got back together, and it was like we were never apart. I was so looking forward to our future time together, catching-up on all that we've missed. It is with a heavy heart, I must now say "goodbye" to my dear friend. We will have to catch-up on everything when next we meet again.

Capt. Walt Johnson
   Posted Sun May 20, 2012
What a great Captain to fly with! My memories take me back to circumnavigating thunderstorms along the English Channel while trying to get to London, before we flew over Calais ,or descending into the San Francisco Bay area with the lights twinkling crystal clear. Bill was one of the great ones and will be missed. God bless.

Hans Muller
   Posted Mon May 21, 2012
Bill and I flew several bid periods together at NYAir. What a great pilot and fun guy to be with. Always one of my favorites. Last January he called me here in Naples, while playing golf in Ft. Myers. He came down and we had dinner together. Although we had not seen each other in years, it was like old times, on a layover. Kept his golfing buddy in stitches. On parting company, we agreed to stay in touch more often. Sadly this was not to be. Adios my friend, I'll catch you on the next layover, we'll start out just where we left off. Hans

Tom Dawes
   Posted Tue May 22, 2012
From Chautauqua Airlines, NYA, then CAL- No matter how good my day was going it always got better if I saw Mr. Bill. Tom Dawes. CAL Capt (retired)

Judy & Max Martin
   Posted Wed May 23, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Pat Lawlus
   Posted Wed May 23, 2012
Charlene, I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of your husband, Bill...My thoughts are with you and my heart goes out to you and your family.

Rick & Sheri Terens
   Posted Wed May 23, 2012
Bill, you will be truly missed. You were a great Mentor, Role Model, and most important, a close family Friend !

Kathi Thomson
   Posted Thu May 24, 2012
Bill always had us laughing and smiling when he came into the therapy clinic. What a great storyteller and great guy! We are saddened by this news and our thoughts go out to his family. From the staff at Howard Head Sports Medicine

John & Janice Fairburn
   Posted Fri May 25, 2012
We have blessed memories of Bill's vivacious, outgoing personality. He loved life, and you, Charlie. You brought him so much companionship by sharing in all the outdoor activities he enjoyed. May the Lord give you His comfort and strength in your times of sorrow until you meet again. In His grace, John & Janice

Dick Dunham
   Posted Sat May 26, 2012
It was always fun golfing with Bill. He was the best dressed golfer at Reynolds. I will miss him, but remember the fun we had.

Laura Eilers and Lizzie Johnsen
   Posted Sun May 27, 2012
Lizzie and I are deeply sadden by the lost of one of our beloved clients. I looked forward to every visit with Bill as he always brought a fun story and great advice.

Carl Stollenmeyer
   Posted Mon May 28, 2012
Dear Charley, I played golf with JW at Reynolds and enjoyed his golfing skills, great sense of humor and many stories of his flying days. I only met you once at our 2011 Lake Challenge couples dinner. I offer my sincere condolences to you and pray for Bill's eternal soul. God bless you both and give you peace. Carl Stollenmeyer

Mel W Bohlig
   Posted Tue May 29, 2012
My sympathy to the Trotter Family with the loss of a great man, As a co worker I enjoyed time spent with Bill and know he will be greatly missed by all. RIP

Kevin Byrne
   Posted Wed May 30, 2012
Charlene: I am lost for words at Bill's sudden departure and cannot imagine the pain it is causing you. Bill was such a joy to play golf with - no matter how well or bad he played, he was always upbeat and full of stories, jokes, advice and encouragement. We will miss him dearly. I am sure he is keeping tee times open for us as he plays 36 a day in his plus-4's in his new heavenly home. With deepest sympathy Kevin Byrne

Cooky Flynn
   Posted Sun June 03, 2012
Charlie...we talk and Bill are truly the best friends ever...what wonderful memories Bill has left for Breckenridge, the golf course, pubs, and just hanging out..since the day we met (when I almost killed you trying to get out of a sand trap) the Trotters became family...John, Blair, Carolyn, Mary Ellen and their families extend their sympathies...There is only one Bill Trotter...

   Posted Mon June 11, 2012
Hello Charlie, I was so saddened to see Bill's obituary in the Summit Daily. He was such a nice person. You have been in my thoughts. Janet

   Posted Thu July 12, 2012
Bill was the Prince on the white horse that could sell ice cubes to Eskimos. Peace my dear friend

bobby and Kay Deuel
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Dear Charlie and family, Bobby and I just found out about Bill. We lived in Chantilly, Va. and met u2 at Ruby Tuesday's in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. We lived in Penderbrook across from the mall at that time. Bobby is now retired from Continental as a pilot. (12 years retired) I am still a flt. attendant w/ CO and have about 40 yrs. now. We live in our house in IAH that we built in 1979. Anyway, I don't know if u remember us but we know u and loved both of u. Take care of yourself and your son. Love, Bobby and Kay

Lois Snyder
   Posted Wed October 12, 2016
I think of him all the time and wish we could talk. Our life didn't work out together but he was my Prince and made me grow in life.