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Known only as Troy to his family and friends, he was a Christian man whose interests were wide and varied, from always being well dressed, to cooking, music, FSU football and fishing.
Troy was a loving, kindhearted son, brother, and uncle. He never met a stranger and gave the shirt off his back to those in need. A son, deeply loved by his parents, a brother who could make you cry, laugh so hard you spit coke out of your nose and angry at the same time. An uncle who loved his nieces and nephews like his own children.
He enjoyed his fine dining and his snappy attire would make the ladies heads turn.
Troy would watch cooking shows with intense concentration trying to find ways to make the recipes his own (usually with garlic and jalapeños). Friends and family were always willing to be taste testers for his scrumptious meals.
A graduate of Niceville High School and United Electronic Institute, Boy Scout, football player, and lover of the game. NHS's blocker of the year in 1979. He would watch every FSU football game, having yelling matches with the television.
Troy's love for music was varied from Christian, Rock, Pop, and even a little hip hop.
As an avid fisherman, he made every effort to hit all of the fishing spots known only to locals. He even said in his final hours the fish were not biting.
Troy leaves behind his parents, Bill and Sylvia; brothers, Danny and Michael; sister, Lesha; nephews, Garret, Jacob, Weston, Austin and Ian; niece, Sydney; sisters-in-law, Dawn and Pam; brother-in-law, Michael; and also his beloved German Shepherd, Corona.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the First Assembly of God in Valparaiso – All are welcome.
The family will have a private ceremony after.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Rd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 23, 2014