John "Bubba" Trotman
1927 - 2018
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John "Bubba" Trotman

Montgomery - TROTMAN, John McNeill, "Bubba", 90, a longtime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died peacefully at home Saturday, February 3, 2018, following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Montgomery on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Chuck Ashley and the Reverend Robert Wisnewski, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Rogers Trotman, two sons, Frank Randolph Trotman (Lorrie) and John McNeill Trotman, Jr. (Teri) and his grandson, John McNeill Trotman III. Survivors include his sons, Charles Rogers Trotman (Whitney) and Robert Tyler "Woody" Trotman. He is also survived by his nephews, John Trotman Carroll and Sam Jones Carroll III, and his niece, Lottie Carroll Brauer. Also surviving him are his grandsons, Charles Hibbett Trotman, William Rogers Trotman (Jessica), Andrew Gunter Trotman (Laura); his granddaughters, Ellen Rogers Trotman and Barbara Ann Trotman, Ellen Trotman Ashmore (Ramsey), Tyler McNeill Trotman, and Margo Evan Trotman. Surviving him also are his great-grandchildren, Mary Handley, William Tyson, and Lacey Cathryn Trotman, Vivian Louise and Lydia Suzanne Trotman, Trotman Dean Ashmore, John McNeill Trotman IV, and Gracie Ann Ashmore Trotman.

Trotman had a deep affection for agriculture which began when he was a child growing up in Troy, Alabama. He studied agriculture at Auburn University where he played football and was the Vice President of the Auburn A-Club. He served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army before beginning Trotman Cattle Company in Montgomery in 1954.

Trotman achieved a great deal during his lifetime. Some of his accomplishments include being elected as the Chairman of the Board of the Montgomery Production Credit Association in 1966. He was the President of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association in 1966 as well and became nationally known as the President of the National Cattlemen's Association in 1972. In 1981 he was inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame and was elected President of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition in 1983.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Trotman to head the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in 1985. For 25 years he enjoyed hosting the annual Kentucky Derby party for his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He served as the President of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce as well as the Montgomery Rotary Club and was on the Board of Advisors of the University of Alabama Law Center. A past member of the vestry at St. John's Episcopal Church, he was a member of the Poundstone Sunday School class at First Baptist Church.

Trotman was very involved in a myriad of community and charity organizations focusing on everything from the arts to cancer prevention for which he received innumerable awards and honors. He was well known for his energy, charm, diplomacy and love of people. His passion was his family, friends and acquaintances. His "southern gentleman" style made people feel welcome and at home. He had a keen interest in everyone he met and never met a stranger.

Pall bearers will be Sam Carroll, Trot Carroll, Will Gunter, Bruce Downey, Tommy Lawson, Dr. Bob Haas and William Haynes.

Honorary Pall bearers will be Dr. Jay Lee Alley, Harold Barber, Dr. H.B. "Woody" Bartlett, Dudley Griffin, Freddie Henderson, Dick Hodges, Nall Hollis, Horace Horn, Sam Johnson, George Jordan, Dean Parkman, Waylon Price, Spears Rhodes, Ed Woodson, The Past Presidents of the Alabama and National Cattlemen's Association, The Half Snapper Club, The Leon Loard Lunch Bunch and The Merle's Round Table. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First. Baptist Church, 305 South Perry Street, 36104; St. John's Episcopal Church Building Fund, 113 Madison Avenue, 36104; or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Montgomery Advertiser on Feb. 6, 2018.
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May 17, 2020
A prince of fellow.
January 30, 2019
One of the nicest gentleman to ever walk this earth. Always treated me as more important than I really was. Such a class act!
John Hiebel
January 29, 2019
A loving gentleman and favorite cousin, who always had an extra bed for a night over in Montgomery! He attended the opening of the N.A.L.L. Foundation in France in 1995, with the ribon cutting by Prince Albert of Monaco, Ringo Star. He is dearly missed.....
Nall Hollis
February 13, 2018
Truly one of the nicest people I've ever known and I am proud to have called him a dear friend for 34 years. He will be missed by all.
Freddie Henderson
Orange Beach, Al.
February 13, 2018
So sorry to learn of Bubba's passing. He was a great friend for more than
40 years. His service to the Natl. Cattlemen's Assn was appreciated. I was
fortunate to be hosted as a guest in his home on several occasions. I worked
with him over the years, and he was a great supporter of mine when I was
President of the National Cattlemens' Association in 1982. Bubba will be greatly missed. Sam Washburn, Lafayette, IN
February 12, 2018
Shirley Walker Williams
February 12, 2018
Sorry to hear about the passing of Mr.Trotman. He was a good person.Charlie and Woody attended school with our children.
George & Velma Walker
February 12, 2018
We always enjoyed Bubba's visits to Troy and in our home. Our home is the Wood -Spann home on College Street near where Bubba grew up and the home of his Aunt Bettie Trotman Wood. Our sincere sympathy goes to his family and close friends. He will be greatly missed.
Betty and Jerry Spann
February 10, 2018
Mr. Trotman was a true gentleman and always had generous and supportive words for family, friends and acquaintances. During many visits to the Trotman family home I always appreciated his hospitality, generosity and kindness . May God bless his soul and may God give comfort to all the Trotman family.
Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson
February 9, 2018
My Cousin Bubba was a great iinsopiration to me and all who knew him.My Grandmother Lucy Trotman Nall and he weere very close, I visited the farm in Montgomery often when Randy was alive. Bubba appreciated art, and had many of my works in his house, I will certainly miss going down Wooodley Road and being greeted by Bubba.. Sending love to all the family and friends, who were many! We now have a great Guardian Angel
Nall Hollis
Nall Hollis
February 8, 2018
Mr. Trotman was a great American, a true Southern Gentleman and a proud member of America's Greatest Generation. Kindness, courtesy and fairness to all were his trademarks. Never boastful but always interested and encouraging to others to do their best.
Richard Short
February 6, 2018
Please accept my deepest sympathies. He was such a gentleman. When I dated Randy I loved going to the farm, riding horses, roaming the land. It was so beautiful being out in the country and I mean country 42 years ago. I also enjoyed the wonderful home cooked meals. Randy always sang to me Hey Sara Sara.
Sara Ann Stokes
February 6, 2018
I will always remember meeting Bubba Trotman, his smile and joy were contagious. Praying for his family and friends peace and comfort. Until we meet again.
Melinda Merijanian
February 6, 2018
Trotman family,

May our Lord grant to you and your family the strength to endure the days and weeks ahead until by His Grace your pain is transformed from grief to wonderful memories that will last forever. Please take some solace in the Blessed Assurance that Bubba is resting peacefully in the Loving Arms of our Savior, free from worry and pain. You will see him again in Paradise. God Bless you.
Jimmy Pool
February 5, 2018
We will miss this wonderful friend and true Southern Gentleman. His was truly a life well lived. We are thankful to have known him. We pray God will comfort his family during this time, in His Holy Name, Amen.
Rebecca Williams
February 5, 2018
He will be missed by the Rolling Hills Lakes
and Gibson Hills communities. Our hearts are truly sad. Deepest sympathy to the family
February 5, 2018
Over the years, I was Blessed to work on several boards with Mr. Trotman. He was a true gentleman and always treated everybody with respect. He taught me a lot about people. God Bless this gentle giant of a man!!!
John Hiebel
February 5, 2018
Bubba touched many with his Smile. He loved the Lord and shared with others, which was a true Testimony. A Great (past) Boss (past SED/ASCS), Supporter of many Volunteer organizations such as (RHLVFD), and our memories of him with the ACA and SLE Events. What a Great Man and Friend. May the Lord wrap His arms around the Trotman family.
John and Pamela Polke
February 5, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the Trotman family for the immeasurable loss of your loved one Death is never easy, but one day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. (John 17:3)
February 5, 2018
Dear Charles Rogers Trotman, Tiffany Trotman and Robert Tyler "Woody" Trotman,
Know that my prayers will be with you and the family in the passing of John "Bubba" Trotman.
Love Miss Marsha Gail Clogston
Jeff Davis Class of 78 & 2016 Retired State Employee
Marsha Clogston
February 5, 2018
My sympathies and strength to the entire family.
Joe Cribbs
February 5, 2018
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)
February 5, 2018
Bubba was one of the finest men I have ever known. It was through his friendship with my parents that I attended Auburn from El Paso, Texas. I will miss him very much. He was like a father to me.
Allen Harvey
February 5, 2018
To the Family, I am sorry for your loss. May your hearts find comfort in fond memories and God's beautiful promises for the future. JOHN 6:40
February 5, 2018
What an honor and privilege to have met Mr. Bubba at an AU Football Lettermen function a few years back. When David Housel speaks of an "AUBURN MAN", Mr. Bubba was the epitome of such. It's a celebration of life and a celebration for the many people Mr. Bubba touched and influenced. Auburn University was indeed blessed to have called this man, its son. God blessed you, Mr. Bubba, and He blessed me and many others for having the opportunity to get to know you.
Rich Manry; '85 & '86
February 5, 2018
As a teenager when we met first and a senior citizen when we met last. What a gentleman and friend to not only to me but my family. May God bless you and yours.
Malon Murphy
February 5, 2018
Our hearts are breaking with the sad news. Mr. Bubba was such a light of joy and kindness. A jovial personality that always had a great story. Much love for the family, love Jamie, Ricky, and Dani Loeb
Jamie Loeb
February 5, 2018
So sorry to hear of Bubbas passing. He was a friend of my Mother, Katie Hardy Green, whose father was pastor at First Baptist in Troy, Dr Frank L Hardy. Mother babysat Bubba when he was small. Mother was buried in Troy and Bubba was kind enough to come down for the funeral. He will be greatly missed
Anne Green Fuller
February 5, 2018
I've known Mr Bubba since I was 15 years old & was always happy to count him among my friends & for the last 28 years a neighbor. He always had a smile for everyone & was always happy to see you & visit. I will miss him so much, as will the whole community. My prayers are with the family.
Lydia Johnson Walters
February 5, 2018
So Sad -- "Bubba" was a "Stand out" in every group and loved by all that knew him. I feel honored to have been his friend. My condolences to his family. He will be missed dearly.

Jay Johnson --Montgomery
Jay Johnson
February 4, 2018
Our precious cousin, 'Bubba', is a true original. The light that he shed on the world will not be forgotten. What a privilege it has been to know him and to call him a kinsman. Heaven must be clapping at his arrival!
Florence E. Jordan
February 4, 2018
Bubba introduced my parents when Daddy first came to Montgomery. He was a wonderful man who everyone adored. He was Always glad to see everyone and made all those he greeted feel so special. My heart goes out to his family.
Evelyn Hodges
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