OBITUARY

Robert Patterson Mayberry Jr.

September 10, 1960July 10, 2012

Robert Patterson Mayberry, Jr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 10, 2012 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Bob was born on September 10, 1960 in New Castle, Pa. and lived in western Pennsylvania until he was recruited to play football for Clemson University. Bob played offensive guard and tackle for the Tigers from 1979-1982 and played on the 1981 National Championship team. The evening of the Orange Bowl held special significance in Bob’s life, as it was the first date he had with his future wife, Sheryl. In 1982, Bob was awarded the South Carolina Jacobs blocking trophy. While at Clemson, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was also a member of the honorary service fraternity Tiger Brotherhood.

In 1983 Bob received a BS degree in Administrative Management and joined his father at Bob Mayberry Chrysler City in Monroe, NC, which grew into Bob Mayberry Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Bob was most recently President of Bob Mayberry Hyundai.

Bob was a devoted servant to his community, and in Union County served on the Board of South Piedmont Community College, the Board of Community Health Services, and the Board of the United Way. He also served as a mentor at Walter Bickett Elementary School. As an Elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Bob served on the Weekday School Board, the Finance Committee, and volunteered with Room in the Inn. Bob had a special calling and satisfaction in working with youth and greatly enjoyed his volunteer work with Boy Scout Troop 17. He coached numerous youth sports teams but most of all loved coaching South Park Pop Warner football and passing on his love of the game. Bob had the gift of boundless energy and the wisdom to know what to do with it. He was a lifelong learner and sought to share his own life lessons with others by example. In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, Bob lived to “preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” For his family, Bob was the center of fun, and while missing him beyond measure, the fun will continue in his honor and memory.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sheryl; his children, Caroline, Sloane, and Miles; his parents, Robert Mayberry, Sr. and Vi Mayberry; his sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Pat Vaughn; niece London Vaughn and nephew Jack Vaughn; and also many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the large family he so enjoyed.

The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to Dr. James Boyd and the devoted nurses at Oncology Specialists of Charlotte; Dr. James Abbruzzese at MD Anderson; and the Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care team.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207: Outreach Ministry; Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233; or the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and the family will receive friends following the service in the Outreach Center.

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Crae Harper Knop

August 14, 2012

I bought my first car in NC from Bob, I went there knowing the kind of people Bob Sr., and Bob Jr. were from my Dad, Tom Harper, former coach at Clemson. They treated me so well, always willing to help. My Mom, and family are so sad to hear of Bobs passing, We have truly lost a wonderful man. I'm sure Coach Harper and others were there to give Bob a high 5, and welcome him into those pearly gates, after a job well done. Our prayers are with all of your family!

kim mcquay

August 13, 2012

Sheryl,
I knew you from Exercise Plus and also as neighbors in Montibello. You and Bob had your kids first and then I had my three. I lost my husband 5 years ago...and just wanted to reach out to you to express my heartfelt sympathy. I can certainly understand where you are at this time...and would welcome a chance to talk with you soon. I am thinking of you and your entire family.

Laura and Rick Neubauer

July 31, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob is one of the nicest people we have ever met. When we uprooted our family and moved to Charlotte thirty-two years ago, Bob and Sheryl, Cindy, and Vi and Bob Sr. embraced us as friends and made us feel welcomed and at home. Our prayer is that this wonderful family has peace knowing that Bob is now at home.

Glenna Smith

July 26, 2012

I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Mr. Mayberry was certainly a special gentleman. I had the honor of serving as one of his nurses on 7F. He never complained and was always gracious. God bless you through this time of grief. You will remain in my prayers

T.R. Lazorishak

July 21, 2012

to Mrs. Mayberry, children, parents, family and friends of Bob:
i went to high school with Bob in Pennsylvania. i have fond memories of his exploits on the football field but, mostly, i remember him as a happy-go-lucky big guy! my mom died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. i know Bob is in Heaven now...where he has no pain, no worries...and only love. all the best to those close to him...and i know God will help you handle your pain. it's not easy, i know, but i'm sure Bob would want all those close to him to be as happy as possible. i will remember him fondly. God Bless Bob and all those who knew him.

Karen Vasconi-Milton

July 19, 2012

Bob was one of the most sincere genuine people ever. Thoughts, prayers and blessings to his family, now and always.

Don Evans (HHS '80)

July 16, 2012

To Mr. and Mrs. Mayberry, Bob's wife, and children, I offer my greatest sympathy.
Over the years, Bob and I have periodically kept in touch and in most conversations we would reminisce about our high school and college days. I always said I was glad I was faster than he was...because he sure could put a hurtin' on anyone in his path.
Bob was an honorable man with amazing character and it is captured by all the messages sent by his family and friends.
I do not look upon Bob's passing as an end...but rather as a beginning. He IS in heaven and I hope to lead a life like his...so that I too may enter God's Kingdom when called upon.
May God's amazing grace comfort Bob's family and friends during this trying time.

Joe (HHS '81) and Diane Valentino

July 16, 2012

We are heartbroken to hear of Bob's illness and passing. Please accept our sincerest sympathy for your family's loss. Our memories of Bob are filled with admiration and happiness. Wishing you strength and peace as you cherish your own special memories of a wonderful Son,Husband, and Father.

"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character."-Henry Clay

Dr. Ed and Angela Bower

July 15, 2012

To all of the Mayberry Family,
Ed and I are saddened by the passing of such a great man. Bob was always so dedicated in all he did-being a good son, a fantastic husband and father,a tireless community supporter. He was an exceptional person. He will be missed by so many.

Jack Hagood

July 15, 2012

Just wanted to pass on my sincere sympathies to The Mayberry Family. I was in school at Clemson the same years as Bob, and always admired his achievements both as a student athlete and as a businessman!