Raymond "Ray" Howard Troutman Jr. KANNAPOLIS Raymond "Ray" Howard Troutman Jr., 61, of Kannapolis passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Statesville. Born July 26, 1958, to R. Howard Troutman and the late Myrtle Brawley Troutman, Ray was the kind of happy spirit that you always remember. He had many friends and family and loved them all. He was especially fond of anything to do with car racing, watching sports, ARC, Civitan, "Happy Face Club", going to church and singing, Special Olympics, his many friends he met working as a sweeper for 12 years in Cannon Mills, his many friends at former St. David Lutheran Church and Mt. Moriah Evangelical Lutheran Church in China Grove, where he was a member, listening to music, working at the workshop, NC Start and all the many Group Home and RHA friends he has made over the years. He was so proud of his Special Olympics medals and his RCCC diploma he earned patiently this year. He is survived by his father, R. Howard Troutman Sr., sisters, Rickie T. Walker, Sylvia T. Graham (Terry), Anna T. Jones (David); and nieces/nephews, Sammy Walker, Shelley McAnulty (Randy), Kimberley McCauley (Hank), Dee Cox (Jeff), Kevin Graham, Gillon Jones (Leila), John Jones (Bethany); great-nieces/-nephews, Bethany Christy (Robert), Summer McAnulty, Walker McAnulty, Zachary Walker, Elijah Walker, Kaylen McCauley, Wren McCauley, Elsie Jones, Emilie Jones, Adelaide Jones, and Georgia Jones. Many of his loved ones have passed before him and will be there to welcome him home. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., at Whitley's Funeral Home in Kannapolis. The memorial service led by Ray's nephew, the Rev. Gillon Jones will follow in the Chapel there at 3 p.m. The burial will be at Carolina Memorial following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to RHA, RHA of Kannapolis, 195 Ervin Woods Dr., Kannapolis, NC, 28081. 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Whitley's Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for the Troutman family.
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