Dr Richard Franklin Rozzelle III

June 10, 1932November 13, 2012

Dr. Richard Franklin Rozzelle III (Frank), 80, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, as the result of a stroke.

Dr. Rozzelle was born to Richard Franklin Rozzelle, Jr. and Josephine Link Rozzelle on June 10, 1932, in Charlotte, NC. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Dunn Rozzelle, his sons Richard F. Rozzelle IV (wife Phyllis) of Charlotte, and Rusty Rozzelle (fiancée Jane Griffith) of Mount Holly and his daughter Robbin Whitley (husband Charles) of Stanley. “Daddy Frank”, as he was affectionately known, is also survived by grandchildren Richard (Ritchie) Franklin Rozzelle V (wife Jennifer), April Rozzelle-Woolford (husband Dustin), Alexandra Franklyn Whitley and Parker Russell Whitley. Also surviving are sisters Jill Lucas of Marion, NC, and Judy Rozzelle of Los Angeles, CA. His extended family includes many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will also be greatly missed by his faithful dog, Beegee. Dr. Rozzelle received his undergraduate degree in history from Belmont Abbey College, his Masters Degree from Appalachian State University and his Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a dedicated employee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System for over 35 years, beginning his career teaching at Derita. He then served as principal for Steele Creek Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Allenbrook Elementary, Northwest Junior High, Myers Park High School and East Mecklenburg High School, where he retired in 1992. Dr. Rozzelle loved basketball and in 1952 was awarded “Most Improved Player” for Belmont Abbey College by coach Humpy Wheeler, Sr. He also enjoyed golf, gardening, boating, RV’ing and reading. Dr. Rozzelle was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and served as Deacon, Elder and Sunday School teacher. Dr. Rozzelle loved history and was especially proud of his family heritage in Mecklenburg and Lincoln Counties, where previous generations of Rozzelles ran a ferry crossing the Catawba River from 1814 until well into the 20th century. The road from the ferry to Charlotte, Rozzelle’s Ferry Road, honors the family name. A memorial service for Dr. Rozzelle will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 2 pm at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3413 Mt. Holly Huntersville Road, Charlotte, NC. Visitation/receiving will follow the Memorial Service. The service will be officiated by Pastor TJ Thompson of Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church and Pastor Carol Clark of Unity Presbyterian Church, Denver, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Frank Rozzelle to either Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, for the Montreat College Scholarship Fund or to Unity Presbyterian Church, Denver, NC, for their Mission Fund. Forest Lawn West Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. Dr. Rozzelle’s life is best summed up by Micah 6:8: “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Offer condolences through 704-395-0055.


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Dr Richard Franklin Rozzelle III

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November 20, 2012

I will be forever grateful to Dr. Rozzelle for giving me the opportunity to be a French teacher at East Mecklenburg. His kindness and thoughtfullness and his listening ear were greatly appreciated....especially at the time of the untimely death of my daughter, Susan. Who would have known that I would finished my career at East after being there for 25 years. He made it all happen. My very best to you, his family. His life really made a difference in the lives of many students and teachers. Alix Pavlic PHILLIPS

Rick Gaskins (Catawba Riverkeeper)

November 19, 2012

Frank seemed to have Catawba River water in his blood. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation was fortunate to have Frank as an active member and volunteer for many years. We will miss him and the sense of direct connection to the history of the river that he provided.

Bill (Sonny) Caldwell

November 18, 2012

When I was a freshman and sophomore at Long Creek High School I was a wannabe basketball player and always looked up to Frank, both literally and figuratively. I also remember Judy, who was several years behind me in school. All three of our children graduated from East Mecklenburg. Until I read in Frank's obituary I did not know he had been the Principal there.

On behalf of my sisters, Margaret Baker and Ann Greenwell, and my brother, Jim Caldwell, I would like to extend to the entire family our deepest sympathy and condolences. Frank had a wonderful educational background and a progressively productive career. Special people leave a void for the people who remain behind, and Frank was one of those special people.

Most sincerely and God Bless,

November 17, 2012

My deepest sympathies to you, Mrs. Rozzelle and your family. I stand in awe of Dr. Rozzelle's legacy and his faithful service to his Lord, his church, his family and to so many others in his lifelong work as an educator. Dr. Rozzelle was my 7th-grade history and homeroom teacher at Derita Elementary - Junior High School, during his early years in teaching. May God comfort you in this time of separation and grief.
Rev. Anne Rogers Beach,HR
Member, Charlotte Presbytery.

November 16, 2012

Jackie and Family,
We are so sad to hear about Frank. He was such an awesome man and always had a smile ready to share. He will be missed and remembered by many.
With love and prayers,
Mike, Becky, Samantha and Dominick Cerio

Donna Brotherton

November 16, 2012

I had Dr. Rozzelle as a principal at Northwest Jr. High. Wonderful man. Sorry for the families loss.

Donna Brotherton( (Charlotte, NC)

Charlotte Mulloy

November 16, 2012

My heart goes out to you all during this very difficult time. Take comfort in knowing he is with the Lord in heaven watching over you. I will keep you all in my prayers.

November 16, 2012

Lewis and I express our sincere sympathy
to all the family.
Eleanor Dunn

William Adkins

November 16, 2012

Principal Rozzelle...You will be missed! Thanks for caring about us and making us do the right thing!

Lynda Morris

November 16, 2012

Dr. Rozzelle was the first principal I ever worked for. I was brand new to Myers Park High as a Latin and English teacher. He was a wonderful, kind, supportive man. He will be greatly missed. His family will be in my prayers.

Lynda Fowler Morris