Roger (Buddy) Troxler, of Magnolia Gardens Retirement Community, formerly of Richmond Road in Salisbury, went home to be with his Lord on June 17, 2018. One of ten Troxler children, he was born on March 8, 1927, in Alamance County, to the late Joseph Henry Troxler and Mable Squires Troxler.
He graduated from Altamahaw-Ossipee High School, and NC State University of Raleigh. He was one of six brothers on the NC State wrestling team from 1932-1950.
Buddy, who grew up on a tobacco farm, spent most of his time helping other farmers with their equipment needs at Southern Implement Company where he was a co-owner.
Customers remarked, “Buddy was the original deal maker! No matter what a farmer needed, Buddy could make it happen.” This positive attitude won him national recognition by Allis-Chalmers, Inc. Many of his customers have remained his life-long friends.
After receiving architecture instruction at NC State from Frank Lloyd Wright, Buddy designed two metzo-modern homes, and designed, built and managed three apartment complexes of his own in Salisbury. He also enjoyed painting house portraits and rural scenes in watercolor. “Miss Lola's Back Porch” was a prize winner in the Salisbury Art Guild. In the community, Buddy enjoyed membership with the Salisbury Choral Society, The Toastmaster's, Salisbury Civitan Club, and First Presbyterian Church Sunday School Class with Karl Hales, and the church choir. Noted last, but certainly not least, Buddy (PapaT) loved his family, and felt responsible for helping with all their needs. Most summers were spent with children and grandchildren at Fripp Island, S.C.. When he wasn't playing golf with the men of the family, he was fishing with MamaT.
Buddy is preceded in death by his wife, Thomasene (Tomie) Troxler. He is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Troxler Graham (Jim Beall) of Linwood and Teri Troxler Willis (Jeffrey) of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Jim Beall Graham (Katie) of Austin, Tex., Charlotte Gingerelli (Marc) of Raphine, Va., Emory Valley (Tom) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Salem Elswick (Tony) of Tampa, Fla., and Jeffrey Troxler Willis of New Orleans, La.; great-grandchildren, James, Elliot, Anna Lucy, Francie, Eliza Cates, Sebastian and Ezra James.
Visitation and Service: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14, at First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury with Dr. Randy Kirby officiating. The family will receive friends at the home on Richmond Road from 5-7 p.m., Friday evening and again after the service on Saturday in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church – Christian Education, 308 Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 28144. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.