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Barbara Neal Troutman

March 27, 1932 — October 5, 2023

Bladenboro

Barbara Neal Troutman

Barbara Joyce Troutman, 91, of Fayetteville, NC, passed on 5 October 2023, and she will be placed at Carolina Memorial Park, located in Concord, NC, next to the love of her life, Herman Lee Troutman Sr. (deceased).

Barbara was born on March 27, 1932, in Spartanburg Co, SC, and daughter of the late Sam, and Bessie Hayes Neal (deceased).  In addition to her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her husband (Herman), daughter (Debby), grandson (Thomas), and brothers:  Frank, Max, Tony and Richard; sisters: Viola, Helen, Mildred, and Ethel. 

Barbara is survived by her son: H. Lee Troutman (Jill), Holly Ridge, NC, grand-daughter, Meredith Tripp (Jordan), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, great-grandson, Tucker Tripp, and great-granddaughter, Elli Tripp.  Special niece, Barbara Brown; Special nephew, Wayne Smith.

Barbara was loved by all that new her, and she cared for everyone that she met.  At the age of 5, and after her mother and father unexpectedly had passed, Barbara became an orphan.  She was placed in the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, located in Greenwood, SC., and for several years, Barbara and two of her sisters were cared for there.  It was there that she learned to play the piano, and she found solace and peace, that ultimately helped to bring hope and joy to her life. Barbara loved playing the piano, and she will be remembered playing the piano in church, while Herman sang in the choir.  Herman and Barbara loved the fellowship of attending church, and performing together.  Barbara played for over 50 years at various Episcopal churches, to include: weddings, and Eastern Star gatherings, at various locations in North Carolina.  

We will miss Barbara’s smile, graciousness, and her love of life, yet she is with God now, and with her family, smiling down on all of us.   

Barbara never met a stranger, and she greeted everyone with a smile, and money had little to no significance to her.  She would literally give you everything that she had, if you needed it.  Her smile, grace, and steadfast devotion to God, was infectious to everyone she met, and she loved attending church, and taking part with fellowship of her Lord and Savior.  Her faith in God never wavered, and her support to each member of her immediate family was paramount to their successes in life.

Barbara’s family meant everything to her, and her family loved her very much. She lived a life filled with laughter, kindness, and a happiness shared with her family and friends, while supporting the Eastern Star, and a dedicated devotion to her church.  Barbara enjoyed spending time with family at Holden Beach, camping at Myrtle Beach, and yearly surf fishing excursions to the Outer Banks, with Herman.  She loved her family, and she was always there to lend a hand or a kind word, not only to her family yet to anyone in need.  Barbara was loved as a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  Her passion for music, learning to play the piano at Connie Maxwell Children’s home, gave her hope and inspiration to live, and to find love.

Music is more than just a word to her, as music served as the motivational key to Barbara’s longevity and her positive spirit, that she shared with family and friends. 

We will love and miss you forever. 

“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”  Proverbs: 31:31

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