Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service & Forest Lawn West Cemetery
4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
Carl D Roberts
November 13, 1931 – July 17, 2020
Carl Dean Roberts, 88, died July 17, 2020. He was born November 13, 1931, in Lowell, NC, to Laura Sue Hoffman Roberts and Joseph Carl Roberts. After spending his early years in Charlotte, NC, he moved in 1938 to York, SC, where his father was the master mechanic at several cotton mills and later ran his own electrical and plumbing business. While assisting his father, Carl learned the skills of problem solving and patience that would serve him well the rest of his life. Carl attended York High School, where he enjoyed playing football for the Green Dragons. He graduated in 1950 and soon joined the National Guard, where he served as an anti-aircraft gun commander in Japan during the Korean War. Upon returning home, he attended Presbyterian College for one year before transferring to Clemson University. In 1957, Carl graduated with a degree in Industrial Education and soon became the industrial arts teacher at Wilson Junior High in Charlotte, NC. It was there he met teacher Dorothy Dudley, who would soon become his wife. In 1960, Carl left teaching to work for Duke Power Company, where he started out in the Production and Transmission Meter Department, and later became a senior control computer technician in the Operations Department before retiring in 1989. An active member of Charlotte’s Christ United Methodist Church, Carl served on the Board of Trustees and in the CUMC Men’s Club, led the Boy Scout troop, organized a softball league with nearby churches, and participated in numerous church projects and fundraisers. Carl had a zest for life. Over the years, his hobbies included family camping trips and hiking along the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Carl also found joy in planning and tending 60 years of summer gardens, building 30 model airplanes, watching nature and wildlife in his own backyard, and constructing woodworking projects to give away. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dottie Dudley Roberts, his daughters, Rachel Roberts Hord and Rebecca Roberts Alley (Mark), and his beloved grandchildren, Jacob Alley and Abigail Alley. Other surviving family members include his brother Jerry Roberts (Emily), his brother-in-law Jim Dudley (Gail), and nine nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister Jo Roberts Owens, sister-in-law Carolyn Dudley Bayzik and husband Steve Bayzik, niece Laura Jo Owens and nephew Mark Bayzik. A memorial service will be planned for a later time. Contributions may be made in Carl’s memory to Christ United Methodist Church, 8020 Bellhaven Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28216.
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Carl D Roberts
July 25, 2020
Rachel, I never had the pleasure to meet your Dad but I know he was an awesome Dad and I feel as if I knew him through you. His love and kindness for his family and others played a major role in making you who you are; and all who have the pleasure to know and love you will miss him for that his wonderful role in molding your heart. I know how much you will miss him; losing a Dad is hard and I know you do. Hugs and condolences to you and your family and I’m here for you, anytime and always!
July 24, 2020
Becca and family. So very sorry for the loss of your sweet Carl Roberts. A nice obituary and I am sure it only is a glimpse of his life. Praying for peace and comfort as you all journey on. Talk to him and about him. Share his life and your memories. Hugs friend
Carolyn & Danny McLean
July 24, 2020
It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to Carl Roberts. We so enjoyed the time we spent with Carl & Dottie never imagining that the last time we saw him would be be just that. Carl, we will see you again on the other side but in the meantime, Dottie, Rachel and Becka you are in our hearts as we share a portion of your pain. Blessings and one day at a time.
Carolyn & Danny
July 21, 2020
Dear Dottie and Family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss of Carl. I grew up knowing you were just down the road, and would help anyone! My Mom, Nan Douglas, lived at 140 Enwood Dr. until she died. I remember, you and Carl coming to her funeral, Thank you. May God's peace comfort you and your family.
Gail Orr Paglini
Laura Thomas Lawson
July 19, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Roberts. He was such a good neighbor to Mom and Dad. I know you will miss him
July 19, 2020
Dottie and family I am sad to learn of Carl’s passing. He was truly a great man and a wonderful neighbor. Prayers for all of you