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George Raiford Troutman
August 24, 1925 ~ January 13, 2018 (age 92)
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George Raiford Troutman, 92, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday afternoon, January 13, 2018. He was born August 24, 1925 in Concord, NC to the late Clyde A. Troutman and Mary S. Troutman.
A biography of Raiford Troutman was recently written by Michael Eury in a book entitled The Raiford Troutman Story; From Sharecropper to Millionaire with Faith and Family. Determined to be successful in building a business providing services for others, Raiford, with the help of his devoted wife and family, built Troutman Enterprises, which includes real estate, automobiles and restaurants. He never wavered from his work ethic, continuing to go to his office even at the age of 92.
Feeling the need to build unity among automobile dealers, Raiford set out to form a strong organization for car dealers. He and Margene traveled across the United States as President of CIADA and NIADA. He was awarded the distinction of being named Quality Dealer of the Year along with other honors.
Having a strong faith in God, he was a charter member of Crosspointe Baptist Church where he served in the leadership positions. He, also, served as President of Concord-Kannapolis Chapter of Gideon’s International, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman / honored with lifetime memberships to Salvation Army Board, NC Christian Action League, Founder and Chairman of the Serenity House, Trustee for Baptist Children’s Home, NC Baptist General Board (including, Chairman of the University and College Study Committee, Chairman of Baptist Assemblies Committee), Fruitland Baptist College-Board of Directors, President of NC Baptist Men, NC Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Team and Trustee for Gardner-Webb University.
Raiford loved Concord and was involved in many community service projects including sponsorship for youth sports teams, Red Cross Advisory Board, Citizens National Bank/First Charter-Board of Directors, NC Boy Scout Council Member, and Cabarrus County Democrat Party Vice-Chairman.
Mr. Troutman was honored with many awards for his unselfish service including the Governor’s Award of the Order of the Longleaf Pine. He was named one of “The Most Influential People in the Last 100 Years”. He was presented a “Key to the City” in 2017 and Wingate University recently dedicated the Troutman Baseball Clubhouse to Raiford and Margene.
The celebration of his life will be held at Crosspointe Baptist Church in Concord on Friday, January 19, 2018. The family will receive at the church from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm. The service will begin at 4:00 pm. Following the service, the burial will be in the Mausoleum at Carolina Memorial Park. The grandsons and the grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.
Raiford is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margene Weatherman Troutman, two sons and two daughters. R. Wayne Troutman, Keith D. Troutman (Donna), Karen T. Barbee (husband, Joey), Blenda T. Snodderly (husband, Norman). One son, Gary Dean Troutman and one sister, Janie Elizabeth Troutman preceded him in death.
He will be lovingly remembered by his nine grandchildren, Norlynda S. Cook (Jason), Jennifer S. Grigg (Jim), Brandon Troutman, Beth T. Whaley (Craig), Bill Troutman (Kellie), Blaine Troutman (Alex), Blair Troutman (Erin), Brittany T. Mora (Tyler) and Blake Troutman (Sarah).
Raiford was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Oliver Troutman, Graye Troutman, Braylon Troutman, Bailor Troutman, Kaylee Grigg, Krislyn Grigg, Caleb Cook and Jessyca Cook.
Thanks go to Raiford’s wonderful caregivers, to the Hospice Team, and to the bank employees that always brighten his day by “pressing the sunshine button”.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28083; The Baptist Children’s Home of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville NC 27361; Gideon’s International, % of Cabarrus East Gideons, PO Box 902, Concord, NC 28025; NC Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512, or Wingate University, Athletic Program, 220 Camden Street, Wingate, NC 28174.
Cabarrus Funeral and Cremations is serving the Troutman family.