Ethel Lorene Gammel Trotter, age 81, resident of Memphis, Tennessee and wife of the late Robert K. Trotter, departed this life Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2021 at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis.
Lorene was born August 25, 1940 in Fayette County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Robert Thomas Gammel and Ethel Christine Davidson Gammel. She received her education in the Fayette County Public School System and graduated from Memphis Technical High School. She was married August 15, 1959 to Robert Kirkwood Trotter who preceded her in death on September 25, 2007. Lorene was employed as a factory worker for Georgia Pacific before her retirement and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed working in her yard and going to yard sales and the casino.
Mrs. Trotter is survived by her daughter, Michelle Rines (Chuck) of Lake Cormorant, MS; eleven grandchildren, Dustin Trotter, Timothy Trotter (Halley Henshaw), Shawn Trotter, Stephen Trotter (Amy), Kathy Chism, Rachel Green (Cameron), Kimberly Trotter, Chris Trotter, Carl Appling, Jr. (Linda), Brandon Appling (Brandi) and Matt Appling; eighteen great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Ryleigh, Kenzleigh, Elliemay, Bryce, Braeden, Will (Savannah), Megan (Elissa), Jayden, Aubrey, Keylee, Katelin, Kamron, Christian, TO Green, Autumn, Riley and Malik; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Colton, Carson, Micheal, Malik, Jace, Naomi and Jordyn.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Appling; two sons, Stephen Lydell Trotter, Sr. and Robert Michael Trotter; and her grandson-in-law, Micheal Chism.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Trotter were held at 2 P.M. Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland with Bro. John Ed Watkins, pastor of Mercy’s Bridge Church in Somerville, officiating. Interment followed in the Fayette County Memorial Park Cemetery on Highway 64.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Dustin Trotter, Stephen Trotter, Kamron Trotter, Timothy Trotter, Tommy Gammel and Ronnie Gammel.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, 5101 Wheelis Drive, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38117.
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