Gregory Allan Trotter

August 7, 1947July 17, 2019

Gregory Allan Trotter passed away peacefully on July 17, 2019, with his wife and sons by his side.

He was born on August 7, 1947, in Anderson, South Carolina and was raised in Milledgeville, Georgia. He was the second of five children born to John Dallas Trotter and Fretta Wells Trotter, who predeceased him. Greg attended Georgia Military College and graduated from Memphis State University with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. The majority of his career was spent at Tennessee Valley Authority as an engineer in nuclear design. He retired in 2001.

He met Bonnie Hopkins in 1970, and after a brief courtship, was married to his life partner for 48 years. Together they raised two sons, Gabriel Allan and Benjamin Gregory. In addition to being “Dad”, his most recent prized name was “Poppy” to his two beloved grandchildren, Olivia Braelyn and Grayson Benjamin. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time in his workshop, listening to oldies music, and traveling with Bonnie in their RV all over the United States, including two trips to Alaska. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his son Allan and wife, Catherine, and their two children Olivia and Grayson, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and his son Benjamin, of Austin Texas. He also is survived by four siblings.

Visitation will be held at Chattanooga Funeral Home, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343, on Sunday, July 21, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The family will release his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico near his beloved Longboat Key, Florida in a private memorial in the fall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, in appreciation of their love, gentle care, and support to our entire family during the final months of his life.

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Diane Hopkins

July 29, 2019

I liked Greg from the moment I met him. He was always happy with a kind word . He was a good husband and father. He will be missed. I am so sorry that he leaves this world but I am confident of his peace and happiness in the next.

Sharon Billings

July 23, 2019

He was truly a wonderful man. I had known Bonnie for a few years and she and Greg drove up to my wedding on August 10, 2002. I met Greg on that day. He was so kind, friendly, happy, just good people. My heart hurts for Bonnie and their sons but God has got this.

Anthony Tang

July 20, 2019

Mr. Trotter was a kind and gentle soul. I have had the joy of having his son Benjamin as a good friend. My life is greater because of Mr. Trotter’s legacy. May he Rest In Peace.

My deepest sympathy to the Trotter family.

David Nunley

July 19, 2019

Mr. Trotter was a wonderful gentleman, always pleasant, he had a kind nature , and had a desire to help others. I'm so sorry for your loss, I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Karen Brooks

July 19, 2019

Bonnie & family, Don, Lynn, Pam & Mitch - please know how very much I love each one of you. Greg was so very special to me as each one of you are like family to me. I pray for God's comfort and peace to blanket each one of you.

Richard Hicks

July 18, 2019

So sorry to hear of Greg's passing. I worked with him at TVA in Knoxville for several years. I would later see him while working as a contractor at TVA in Chattanooga. He was a great guy and very good friend. The family can be very proud of a man of his character, as I am sure you are. I will always treasure his friendship and miss his great smile each time I saw him. Rest in peace my friend.

Pam Trotter-Noesner

July 18, 2019

To my sweet are at peace. As your sister you made me laugh about everything and spit shine your shoes and brass for a quarter when you were at GMC. You made your mark on the world with your kind heart and big smile...You are in my heart forever💕

Natalie Copeland

July 18, 2019

Mr. Trotter’s warmth and love of family and friends made even strangers feel welcome. It was a privilege to know him and follow his RV adventures with Mrs Trotter. He will be deeply missed.

All my love to the Trotter Family,

David Lovinggood

July 18, 2019

Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God Bless and guide you and your family during this difficult time .

Annette Rogers

July 18, 2019

I loved my cousin Greg dearly. He had the most contagious smile & there was always mischief in his eyes! From playing at Grandma & Grandpa Wells farm to our college days, he was my “crime partner” & I have such fun memories of those college years. He was so proud of his family & especially those Grands! For all who loved him, may your special memories help you to face these difficult days with peace & comfort knowing he is suffering no more. With Love, prayers, & sympathy, Annette, Carl, & Alisa Rogers