Troy Lee Forsyth, 95, of Norwood, NC went to heaven on September 11, 2021. He died peacefully at home with his family. He loved his wife, loved his girls, loved his whole family, and he loved life. Troy was a man of faith, feeling blessed to have lived a long, full life. He was dedicated to his community and his church, helping whenever he could.
Troy enlisted in the Navy in June 1944 and served his country until February 1952. Stationed in Portsmouth, VA, he stayed in the Hampton Roads area after leaving military service. After a couple of other jobs, he went to work for Pet Dairy as a wholesale ice cream routeman in 1956. He was an astute businessman and salesman, working his way to Hampton Plant Manager. He was promoted to Atlanta Plant Manager in 1970, followed by a number of promotions including Production Plant Manager in Washington, GA and ultimately to Regional Manager for the Southeast. Over his 32 year career with Pet he became not only a trusted leader but also an excellent mentor. Retiring as a Regional Manager in 1988, he moved to the Charlotte area. Retirement allowed him to enjoy one of his true passions even more—golf. He was thrilled when he shot a hole-in-one at the age of 82 at Piney Point Golf Club. He enjoyed any activity that allowed him to be outside, including taking good care of his yard. He was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Georgia football. He and Nancy lived in Sunset Beach and Shallotte before moving to Norwood 14 years ago.
Born in Statesville, NC on August 3, 1926 to Carl L. and Iler Waugh Forsyth, he was the first of five siblings, predeceased by Carl Lewis, Jr., Jasper Cecil, Frank Nelson, and B. Yvonne McLaughlin. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 20 years, Nancy; two daughters, Shelia A. Burns (Dan) and Donna F. Soyars (Jim); sister-in-law Anne Forsyth (Mocksville, NC); brother-in-law Frank McLaughlin, Jr. (Statesville, NC); five stepchildren, Shera Barger (Sam), Ed Starnes (Tamra), Micky Starnes (Teresa), David Starnes, and Steve Starnes; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM, Sunday, September 19, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Norwood. Rev. Dr. Mark L. Barden will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2:00PM until 2:45PM in the church fellowship hall prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 948, Norwood, NC 28128 and/or Community Hospice 1024 Albemarle Road, Suite 904, Troy, NC 27371.
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