Mrs. Loyce Grice Trotman, age 76 of DeFuniak Springs passed away at her home Tuesday, June 19, 2001, after a courageous battle with Alzheimers Disease. She was born in Walton County on July 31, 1924 the fourth child of Jack and Bessie Grice of Red Bay. She graduated from Walton High School in 1942 and was among the first group of women to attend the University of Florida. From her days on the assembly line at Eglin Field during World War II to her work as a teacher at Gaskins and as Gaskin’s Girl Basketball Coach. Later she went to work for HRS serving in many capacities, but most notably was her involvement with children’s services as a case manager. Children were Mrs. Trotman’s life; her love for them and her yearning for their safety and well being spilled over into her personal and home life where she delighted in her own children and grandchildren. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs. Mrs.Trotman is predeceased by her husband, William Vernon Trotman; a brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Irene Grice and a sister, Elizabeth Dell Roach.
Survivors include her sons and their families: Charles and Beth Trotman with their children Karen and William Trotman. Steve and Kathi Trotman with their children David and Robin Langord, Sean and Katie Trotman all of DeFuniak Springs. 1 sister, Vesta (Anne) Owen and husband George of Del Ray Beach. A brother, Dub Grice and wife Shirley of DeFuniak Springs. A brother-in-law, Charles “Starkey” Roach. Mrs. Trotman is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and will also be missed by the many children whose lives she touched throughout the years.
Flowers are being accepted or donations may be made in Mrs. Trotman’s memory to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 2001 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501.
A time of visitation will be Thursday, June 21, 2001, from 6 until 8 PM in the chapel of Jerry Evans Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 22, 2001, at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs with Reverend Jesse Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Alaqua Methodist Church Cemetery with Jerry Evans Funeral Home of DeFuniak Springs In charge of arrangements.
[Source: Tallahassee Democrat, 21 June 2001, Page 17]
[Burial: Alaqua Methodist Church Cemetery]