Otha (Charles) Roddey
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Otha (Charles) Roddey, age 89, of Carlsbad, California, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013. He was born January 7, 1924 in Arkansas to his parents, Otha and Anna Roddey.
He married his first wife Hilda Blaine Roddey on October 7, 1951 in Darling, Mississippi. They had three children. He held two degrees in Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University and a Master's Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During World War II he was a Captain in the U.S. Army and served 3-1/2 years in several assignments ending in the Philippines.
Charles began his business career as a process development engineer with ESSO Standard Oil Company before joining The Ralph M. Parsons Company in 1961. From his initial assignment as a Business Development Engineer, he went on to serve as a Vice President in charge of Parson's Petroleum & Chemical Process and Precontract operations from 1965 through 1973. In January 1974 he was named Senior Vice President and Manager of the Company's Petroleum & Chemical Division.
He was elected to the Board of Directors of The Ralph M. Parsons Company in 1977, President of the company in January 1979, and President of the Parsons Corporation in 1983. He was also a Director of The Parsons Corporation. He retired from the Corporation in 1988.
His civic activities included service with United Way, the Parson's Tournament for Life golf event to benefit the American Cancer Society, and the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Charles will be remembered by his loving second wife, Rose Marie Roddey and his daughters from his first marriage, Leah Pringle and Robin St. Clair, his grandchildren Mick Criscione, Jessica Coon, Joanna St. Clair, Anna Freitas, Olivia Pringle and David Pringle and his great grandchildren Jonathan Coon, Jordyn Coon, Liana Freitas and Isabella Freitas. He is also survived by his step children, Stephen Harvey, Marilyn Dronenburg, Maureen McMahon and Robert Harvey, 10 step grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren.
Predeceased in death by his loving wife, Hilda Roddey and his son, Chuck Roddey
Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Service for Charles at 1:00 PM, Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, LA. Visitation will be from noon until service time, Monday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
Mulhearn Funeral Home
Published in The News Star on May 19, 2013