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Gladstone Trotter, Sr.

October 25, 1911 — March 24, 2018

Celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Gladstone Trotter Sr. the son, brother, husband, father and friend who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed being with family and friends. He believed everyone should have an opportunity to be successful and lent his support to assist in any way he could.

Gladstone Trotter Sr. was born on October 25, 1911 in Citronelle, Alabama to the union of Joe and Mary Jane Oliver Trotter. Gladstone was the youngest of 13 children, 12 of which preceded him in death. He worked at the shipyard for a short length of time until his grandmother bought him a car and persuaded him to start cab driving. He did this for many, many years until he retired in ??????.

One day Mr. Trotter saw Ms. Ardell McKinnis walking downtown Citronelle. He told her that "You are going to be my wife". They were married for 72 years until the Lord called her home on August 18, 2004, and to that union were seven children.

Mr. Trotter always talked about how he could cut a rug(dance) and his favorite tv show was Lawrence Welks on Saturday night at 7pm. He never missed it. He also watched Jimmy Swaggart daily. He had a love for sports especially baseball.

He leaves five children to cherish his memories, Betty; Ola; Gladstone Jr. (Jazelle); Robert (Florence); Clara (Johnny) and two preceded him in death: Hattie and Samuel Trotter; Sixteen Grandchildren, Johnny (Dana), Pamela, Yvonne (Rickey), Sharon (Warren), Tanya, Curtis (Marcella), Aaron, Felecia, Daniel, Kimberly, Terry, Keith, Rhonda (Joe), Tamico, Jason and Tasha; Forty Two Great Grandchildren; Twenty Four Great Great Grandchildren; Five Grandchildren Preceded him in death, Darryl Trotter (16), Tammy Carr (23), Jimmy Green (18), Alexis Trotter (21) and Mark Trotter (51). Mr. Trotter in his later years appreciated his brother Henry Trotter, children love and sustaining support, especially Doris Trotter who always answered the phone.


The family would like for anyone to be able to pay their respects and sign the register book of Mr. Trotter on Friday, April 6, 2018 between the hours of 8am until 4pm at Freeman Funeral Home in Citronelle, Alabama. The family will receive friends from 10am until the 11am Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Nazarene A.M.E. Zion Church with Reverend Larry B. Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Citronelle, Alabama.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Johnson, Dantrel Trotter, Norman Trotter, Edward Trotter, Curtis Averette and Levar Trotter. Honorary Pallbearers will be Khyle Penro, Daniel Trotter, Michael Trotter Marcus Trotter and Jason Trotter. In gratitude, the family of Gladstone Trotter acknowledges your prayers, expression of love, calls, cards, floral arrangement and visits and all acts of kindness shown during this time of bereavement. Continue to keep us in your prayers. A personal acknowledgement will be sent at a later date. Many thanks to his church family. A special thanks to Curtis and Marcella Trotter for the exceptional care that they gave to our father during his final days.

Remember ME

Remember me for the good I have done. Remember me for the joy I have given.

Remember me for being the best Father and Friend that I could be.

Remember me for the love I have given to all.

Remember me most of all for being ME.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Starts at 8:00 am (Central time)

Reed's Chapel Baptist Church

5842 Topton Rd, McIntosh, AL 36553

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