Robert "Bob" Earl Carawon

June 9, 1946June 19, 2021

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol, and his 4 sons, JohnHenry, Watson (and fiancee, Sarah), Harris, and Payton. He also is survived by his sisters, Jenny and Bernice. He leaves behind his sister-in-law, Barbara, and his brother-in-law, Drew,who knew Bob most of their lives.

Raised in Kinston and New Bern, he and Carol met at New Bern Shipyards in 1972. With the encouragement of Carol’s mom, Helen, there began a relationship that lasted for 49 years.

He was a Navy Veteran and after his service went on to earn degrees at ECU and NC State. He and Carol were excited to be part of the Wolfpack family in 1983 when the Wolfpack basketball team won the NCAA championship! He often thought about the many friends he made at ECU and NCSU.

His career spanned decades at Burroughs-Wellcome, Nortel, and Wake Tech. He was dedicated to his work and put in many hours to provide for his family. He was always willing to help his coworkers in any way possible.

Bob was a member of White Plains UMC for almost 35 years and volunteered in many ministries in the church including the church nursery, Boy Scout Troop 210, and driving the shuttle bus. He especially enjoyed greeting members getting on the bus each Sunday. In his last days, he recalled some of his scouting and camping memories with Troop 210 and was very happy to have been a part of that group of leaders and scouts.

We are so thankful for the support of our Advent Sunday School class. They were always ready to listen and are grieving with our family. We are grateful to Ada Lou and Sandra Lou, Bob’s cousins, who faithfully called, visited, and prayed for us. Our family is extremely thankful for Aunt Barbara, Carol’s sister, who came to stay with us the last month of Bob’s life. She provided much needed emotional support and her dog, Sophie, was a welcome distraction.

Donations may be sent to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Cir., Raleigh, NC 27607 or to Music Ministries at White Plains UMC, 313 S. E. Maynard Rd., Cary, NC 27511.

“They came to sit and dangle their feet off the edge of the world and after a while they forgot everything but the good and true things they would do someday.”- Brian Andreas

May you all keep doing the good and true things just as Bob did.


  • Transitions LifeCare
  • Music Ministries at White Plains UMC


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Martin Peers

June 30, 2021

So sad for your loss, Bob was always a great helpful, jovial gentleman and the world (and Raleigh Darts league especially!) will be a lesser place without him. Condolences to your family and best regards to Harris.


John (aka Hans) Mentha

June 29, 2021

Been over 30 years since I last spoke to you, "Salty Dawg". During the prior decade we were pretty close; grad school buddies, work colleagues, and general mischief partners. We drifted apart when we both had families and never reconnected. Nevertheless, I thought about you and our various adventures often. I heard about your passing from a mutual friend in Poland. I will miss you.

Kim and Craig Barker

June 29, 2021

Carol and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. You and Bob were our first contacts when we joined White Plains as our Fellowship Friends. Prayers for peace. May fond memories of Bob comfort you.

Craig and Kim Barker

Lisa Wilbourne

June 29, 2021

Dear Carol & Sons,

My heart goes out to all of you at this time of loss! Bob was such a kind & caring man and always had joke to tell. Years ago I would look forward to seeing him when he came to the Raleigh Community Hospital to visit Carol. He was always friendly, happy & so uplifting to be around. He had a way of just making you feel good whenever he was around, such a gift to those who knew him. May the peace of Christ be with all of you and may all the wonderful memories you have of Bob give you comfort in the days to come.

God Bless you all,
Lisa & Kirk Wilbourne & Girls

Brad Swearingen

June 28, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Such a great guy. He always called me "grandpa" but meant it to be endearing as much as for a laugh because I don't really look like a grandpa even though I do have 3 grandkids. I always enjoyed chatting with Bob in the hallway and at conferences. I was so happy for him when he retired. He is definitely missed by all.

Mary Tom Hink

June 23, 2021

So sorry about Bob. Prayers and condolences to your family. Mary Tom

Patricia Streeter

June 22, 2021

Dear Carol and family,

I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. May the Lord's peace be with you and your sons.


Julie Hayes

June 21, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was so funny, even when he was tired he could make a joke. I'm sorry and hope his family finds peace.

Peace be with you.


Kimberly Atkinson

June 21, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob at Wake Tech. Bob would always make you smile or provide a good laugh with a joke. We would talk about his VW. He will be missed—thoughts and prayers for his loved ones.

Julie Evans

June 21, 2021

Bob was a friendly face on our hall at Wake Tech, and always had a joke to share. I'm saddened by his passing and wish those closest to him peace and fond memories as you celebrate a life well-lived.