Charles D. Roberts III, 85

December 4, 2023

Charles D. Roberts, III (85), a longtime resident of Concord, passed away peacefully at CareOne in Concord on December 3, 2023 with family by his side.

Charles, fondly known as Charlie, was born to Charles and Marie Roberts on August 26, 1938, in Raleigh, NC and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, graduating in 1960. Immediately after graduation, he accepted a position with S.D. Warren Company (now Sappi North America) and had a very long and successful career with them until his retirement 23 years ago.

As a child, Charlie spent his summers in the mountains of North Carolina where he built a cabin with his grandfather. As an adult, he and his first wife, the late Nancy A. Roberts, would return to the cabin every summer with their own three kids. Charlie enjoyed sharing his love of the NC mountains with his children, introducing them at an early age to the joys of climbing Grandfather Mountain, canoeing the New River, picking blueberries at Flat Rock, and riding the trains at Tweetsie Railroad.

In the summer of 1987 Charlie married his beloved second wife, the late Maura McLaughlin Roberts. Charlie and Maura took great pleasure in planning large family reunions in the Outer Banks every summer, and these reunions quickly became treasured vacations for all involved. Charlie and Maura enjoyed 25 wonderful years together, splitting their time between Hilton Head, SC and Concord, before Maura’s death in 2012.

Charlie was an avid reader, and in his later years was very interested in genealogy. He was also a huge football fan. But his favorite pastime was taking family and friends out to dinner. His greatest joy came from sharing a meal with those he loved.

Charlie is survived by his children, Stacey Santana of Buford, GA, Marcy Shipe and her husband John of Concord, and Brian Roberts of Westlake, OH, and his step-daughter, Caragh McLaughlin Miller and her husband Mark of Boulder, CO. He leaves behind five grandchildren – Alyssa Santana, Sophie Shipe, Amy Shipe, Ollie Roberts, and Beckett Miller.

The family will hold a small, private service after which Charlie will be laid to rest in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Maura Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord.  To share a memory or to offer a condolence in Charlie’s online guestbook, please visit