Line dance benefit honors chuch member's memory

Item photo by Shea Singley
Line Dance Benefit
Item photo by Shea Singley Line Dance Benefit
Item photo by Shea Singley
Line Dance Benefit
Item photo by Shea Singley Line Dance Benefit

Dancers of all ages side-stepped, shuffled, kicked and more in memory of Jake Troxell during the Memorial Line Dance Benefit at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Dec. 28.

Jacob T. Troxell was a member of the church and passed away August 22, 2013 from injuries he sustained in motor vehicle accident according to his obituary. He enjoyed four-wheeling and line dancing.

“We really appreciate you coming out and helping us remember Jakey in this way,” said Dave Long, pastor at Salem EC Church.

The floor was full of dancers of all ages following along to the music in familiar steps, some even adding their own style to the dance move. DJ Hot Wheelz provided the music and took requests from the dancers.


“We all know Jake. We all loved Jake. And that’s why we’re here,” said a church member during the benefit.

Jake was a sophomore and home schooled. Along with his studies, he helped his sister in her photography business and his dad on the farm and in their automotive repair business. Jake and his sister, Sam, also owned JNS Sheep Sheering. He was one of eight children and according to the obituary, had a quick wit and was always willing to help. Most of the time, his complain was his dog Abby. His future plans included attending college and pursuing a degree in graphic design.

“Jake was somebody who wasn’t afraid to speak of his faith,” said a church member. Long later added that anyone was welcome to attend the Sunday church service and see part of what made Jake who he was.

At the benefit there were photographs of Jake as well as a computer playing a slideshow that attendees were able to look at throughout the event. There was also a note from the Troxell family that read “STOP. Photograph your life, capture the memories, you never know when they’ll end.” Thank you cards from the family with Jake’s picture were available for attendees on the table as well.

Proceeds from the night benefited the Troxell family. Even those not interested in the dancing part of the night were able to sit at the tables, enjoy the food and watch the others while tapping their feet along to the music.

Based on the brief speeches and conversations during the night, the Memorial Line Dance Benefit was one of the best ways to honor Jake’s memory by doing something that he loved.

Videos from the night are available on The Hamburg Area Item’s tout account at

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.