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Robert Lee Mauldin

ROCKY MOUNT - Robert Lee Mauldin, after a four-year battle with the autoimmune disease, inclusion body myositis, and a series of successive strokes, died April 18, 2013, at his home in Rocky Mount surrounded by his family.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1935, in China Grove, the son of the late Raymond Ray and Hazel Luther Mauldin. He grew up on the China Grove Cotton Mill Village and worked summers in the mill throughout high school and college. He was forever grateful to his teachers in the China Grove schools who encouraged him to aspire to college.

In 1953, Bob entered his freshman year at N.C. State University, but at the end of the year, he knew that he not only was out of money, but also would never be a success in an engineering profession. He then joined the US Army and after two years of service, enrolled in UNC-Chapel Hill on the GI Bill. Bob loved every minute of his three years in Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1959 with a BS in business. At Carolina, he joined Chi Phi Fraternity and was elected President his senior year. He treasured his friendships with his Chi Phi brothers throughout his life. His passion for everything Tar Heel was legendary. He has served on the UNC-Chapel Hill Advisory Board and the Kenan Flagler Board.

Upon graduation, he married Pat Jarman, beginning a 54-year North Carolina mixed marriage with a Dukie he had met on a blind date his junior year. They have five surviving children: Clay Mauldin (Lisa Shelton), Rocky Mount, Tricia Pannill (David) Kristy, Tom and Jane, Cary; Beth Turnage (John) Olivia, Rob and Graham, Rocky Mount; Dr. Anne Mauldin (Jim Blount) Ginny and Jay, Greenville; and Kate Mauldin (Matthew Barton) Waite, Durham. His children and grandchildren gave him the greatest joy. He never missed a school or sporting event or an opportunity to spend time with them. The highlight of each year was driving his red Jeep loaded with grandchildren in the Blowing Rock Fourth of July parade.

Bob began singing in his church choir at the age of 15. He joined the choir in every church he attended. The choirs at both First Presbyterian in Rocky Mount and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian in Blowing Rock became a second family. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

In June 1959, Bob started in the training program of American Commercial Bank in Charlotte. His banking career took his growing family to the Bank of York, York, S.C., Colonial American Bank, Roanoke, Va., and, in 1969, Peoples Bank, Rocky Mount, where he became President and CEO. In 1990, he was one of the cofounding CEOs of Centura Bank. He loved the banking profession and the wonderful colleagues and friends he met through the years. He always thought he had the best team possible. In 2013, he became a founding director of First Carolina Bank. He was recently named to the North Carolina Banking Hall of Fame.

Bob put his heart into his hometown. Throughout his 54 years in Rocky Mount, he devoted himself to the betterment and growth of the region. Along the way, he served as Chairman or President of the Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Wesleyan College, The United Way, Rocky Mount-Gateway Partnership for Economic Development, Rocky Mount Preparatory School and the Futrell Mauldin Fund of the NC Community Foundation. He received numerous awards for his professional and philanthropic leadership.

Memorials: May be made to The Music Program, First Presbyterian Church, 153 N. Church St., Rocky Mount, NC 27804; The Mauldin Scholarship Fund, NC Wesleyan College, 3400 Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804; The Futrell Mauldin Fund, NC Community Foundation, P.O. Box 7394; Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

Service: The service of thanks and celebration of Bob's life will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Monday, April 22.

Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with family by visiting

Published in Salisbury Post from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013
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