Joseph Gerard Trobaugh, 60, of Stanley, NC passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022. He was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, son of the late George and Catherine Trobaugh. In addition to his parents, Joe is preceded in death by a sister, Ann DeGrave Trobaugh and a brother, Terrence Trobaugh. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Cynthia (CJ) Wickline Trobaugh; most loved daughter and son-in-law Erin (Tooda Bear) and Michael Trobaugh; 2 very special grandchildren, Joseph Gerard Trobaugh, II and Thea Marie Trobaugh; brother, Thomas (Brenda) Trobaugh; brother, Kim (Terry)Trobaugh; sister, Therese Bertolette; brother, Patrick (Beverly) Trobaugh; sister, Karen (Richard) Stiles; sister, Cynthia Ann Trobaugh; sister in law, Linda Trobaugh; numerous special nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; mother and father in law, Max and Garnett Wickline and the entire Wickline family.
Joe moved from St. Albans, WVa to Wilmington at age 5 and graduated from John T. Hoggard High School in 1980. His love of plants and flowers led him to Southeastern Community College where he obtained a degree in Horticulture. He was a business owner, store manager and all-round specialist in land sculpture for most of his career. Most recently working in facility management and sales.
Joe’s biggest joy in life was being gathered with his family, eating, reminiscing, making new memories and holding fast to family traditions like the family Thanksgiving dinner and the annual chopping of the Christmas tree in the mountains. Also, a large part of his family were his favorite rescue pets Marta, Liam and Daisy.
Joe was a talented guitarist and shared his love for music with his daughter and grandchildren teaching them all to make a joyful noise. He was fond of rock and roll and Christian rock and played with several praise and worship band in different churches through the years. Joe was a big US history buff and enjoyed visiting small towns, historical sites, finding out-of-the-way eateries and Irish Pubs for local craft beers. He was especially fond of botanical gardens and the Biltmore Estates. Other interests included animal rescue, Duke basketball, Notre Dame and Vikings football and staying on top of current events and politics.
Joe was a member of the FUMC of Stanley at CommonGround and love worshiping outside under the trees and walking the trails with his dogs. Though Joe has walked home, this kind and gentle spirit will forever be with us in our hearts and sweet memories. A memorial service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at the CommonGround prayer circle on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 10am to11am and then a celebration of life to follow in the Family Life Center from 11am to 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal rescue organization of your choice or to the American Diabetes Association. Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving the family.