Hoodie Nell Ridley Troutman

October 2, 1949July 19, 2013

Hoodie Troutman (Nell Ridley Troutman), 63, died peacefully at her Atlanta home on Friday, July 19 after a 23-year battle with cancer. An Atlanta native, Hoodie honored her Southern background in everything she did, proving to many "Yankees" the true meaning of "Steel Magnolia." A 1967 graduate of D'Youville Academy, an all girls' high school taught by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Atlanta, Hoodie would go on to attend the University of Georgia and then to begin an incredible journey in film and video production that would include, among her many accomplishments, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee as Audio-Visual Manager. Beginning with video tape productions, multi-image presentations and theatrical shows for corporate America, Hoodie went on to produce and direct films and documentaries with her company, Hoodie Troutman Productions Inc. Her ability to organize, strategize and visualize an event proved essential in the management of company meetings, sports events, fund raisers and theme parties. Hoodie maintained a California office from 1984 – 1994. With a social grace and ease that bespoke her upbringing and a delicious and delightful sense of play that was uniquely hers, Hoodie could walk into a room and make friends with her smile--especially if she was wearing her Witches' set of zombie green and yellow teeth. She knew timing and place meant everything. She used this knowledge frequently and with great gusto throughout her life. Her battle with cancer began in 1991. She was a founding board member of The Wellness Community--Atlanta, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of supportive services for cancer patients and their families. In partnership with her medical team, she tapped into the healing power of her mind, spirit and body in order to manage her illness. Her love of travel increased and she saw the world, from Tahiti to Tibet, Oman and Yemen to Fiji. Hoodie also started on her journey as an artist and discovered a passion and a talent she didn't realize she had. Hoodie was a member of the Atlanta Junior League, the Mimosa Garden Club and the Piedmont Driving Club. Hoodie was predeceased by her father, Robert B. Troutman, Jr. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Bonnie Troutman of Atlanta and by her beloved dog, Sadie, and cat, Tramp. Other survivors include her mother and younger brother. A memorial celebration of Hoodie’s life will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 2:00PM at H.M. Patterson & Son—Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs GA 30328. The family will receive friends prior to the service and at a reception following the ceremony. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Piedmont Healthcare/Cancer Wellness and sent to the attention of Carolyn Helmer, LCSW, 1800 Howell Mill Road, Suite 700, Atlanta GA 30318.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hoodie Nell Ridley Troutman

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Mia Mundale, D.C.

October 10, 2013

Dear Hoodie - I just learned of your passing - I will miss your great spirit and sense of humor, and all of our conversations.
I know you're somewhere conquering new worlds! Much love to you and your family -

(Dr.) Jennifer Gilligan

August 19, 2013

You were one of my all-time favorite patients for your determination, optimism, and irrepressible spirit. Bon Voyage to a lovely spirit.

Mary Ann Helsel

August 5, 2013

My dear Hoodie you were a friend like no other! You were always ready for the next adventure and always willing to include anyone who was ready to learn how to live life. I will miss you so much. Much love to you until I see you again.

Haakon Brenner

August 5, 2013

A bright and very interesting person that had a peculiar sense of humor. She is certainly being missed by me, her friends and closest relatives. May she rest in peace!

July 28, 2013

The last time I saw Hoodie was at our D'youville reunion.She was fun and funny with a twinkle in her eye.
May God bless you and your family in this sad time.
Kathryn Kern Willis

Cindy Stark Reid

July 27, 2013

Thank you Hoodie for the bright light you shared with me.You will always have a special place of brightness in my heart.

Susan & Tom Lindsey

July 26, 2013

We met Hoodie at Grandview Lake and loved her at once. Such a fun lady, always so gracious and friendly. We enjoyed playing bridge at her home and on her boat! We are surely going to miss her. Condolences to her family.

Betsy Lenahan

July 25, 2013

Hoodie gave me my first big break when I started my audio visual company. I will be forever inspired by her imagination tenacity and spirit. Your beauty lives on in each of us you mentored.

Jo Horne

July 25, 2013

While it has been a long time since I saw Hoodie, the memory of a kind and gracious lady remains with me. For her family I pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this time. She will be missed greatly by all and Heaven has another angel.

July 25, 2013

What a bright light we have lost...I know my Dad is glad to see you. Love you,
Jac'lyn Troutman Willie; Nashville, TN