LENOIR Charles E. Dobbin, Sr., of Lenoir, NC, died June 15, 2018, at his home. Born September 10, 1927, in Lenoir, NC, to Elizabeth Greer and Edgar Alexander Dobbin, Charlie grew up in Happy Valley and graduated from Lenoir High School in 1946, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1949, and Wake Forest University School of Law in 1982. He married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, Sue Miller, in 1949 and together they raised six children. His career included working in family business, banking, and private law practice, focusing on mediation, wills and estates. Charlie loved his community and church and throughout his life served in leadership roles with many local organizations, including St. James Episcopal Church, Lenoir City Schools, AFS Intercultural Programs, Yokefellow of Caldwell County, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, the Coffey Foundation, Caldwell House, and the Caldwell County Bar Association. He wrote colorful letters to the editor, told a good joke, and had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He played lots of tennis with Sue, spoke at community events, and voraciously read books on history, politics, and humor. He loved family and social gatherings, his Saturday night supper club, and seeing the world. Low-tech to the end, he did all his work on his manual typewriter. Charlie is preceded in death by Sue M. Dobbin, his wife of 63 years, and his sister, Elizabeth (Lib) Dobbin White. He is survived by six children: Greer Dobbin Lysaght (Chuck) of Raleigh, NC, Mary M. Dobbin (Guy Long) of Lenoir, NC, Claire Dobbin Stephens (George Johnston) of Charlotte, NC, Charles E. Dobbin, Jr., of Raleigh, NC, Thomas A. Dobbin of Lenoir, NC, and Elizabeth Dobbin Green (Kevin) of Greensboro, NC; six grandchildren: Max Long of Los Angeles, CA, Alex Long of Princeton, NJ, Lizzie Stephens Skotnicki (Alex) of Houston, TX, Robert Stephens of Los Angeles, CA, Lauren Dobbin of Charlotte, NC, and Emma Dobbin Pannenbacker (Ben) of Lenoir, NC; one great-grandchild, Liam Pannenbacker; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family is especially grateful to his devoted team of wonderful, loving caregivers ("Charlie's Angels") and to the excellent, caring staff of Hospice of Caldwell County. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 3 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 806 College Ave, SW, Lenoir, conducted by Rev. Susan Buchanan. A reception will be held afterwards in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Caldwell House, 951 Kenham Place, Lenoir, NC 28645, St. James Episcopal Church, 806 College Ave SW, Lenoir NC 28645, or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Dobbin family.
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