Robert (Bob) Ray Mauldin was born January 15, 1935 in China Grove, NC. Following graduation from China Grove High School he attended NC State for one year, then served two years in the US Army. Thereafter Army veteran Mauldin put himself thru UNC-Chapel Hill on the GI bill and a variety of jobs. After graduating in 1959 he worked with banks in South Carolina and Virginia, before moving to Rocky Mount in 1969 to join Peoples Bank whose assets were just over one hundred million dollars. He later became President and CEO. When Peoples and Planters Banks merged in 1990 to form Centura Bank, Mauldin was named President. He held that position until his retirement in 1997, by which time Centura’s assets had grown to about seven billion dollars. While building his remarkable banking career, Mauldin gave generously of his time, energy and resources to many organizations to further the common good. He was Founding President of the Futrell Mauldin Community Fund and Founding Chairman of Rocky Mount Preparatory School. Mauldin served as President of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mount Kiwanis and United Way. An early advocate for regional economic development, Mauldin helped Rocky Mount, Edgecombe and Nash Counties to form the Carolinas Gateway Partnership which has been instrumental in bringing industry and many jobs to our area. Mauldin also served on NC Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees and the Boards of UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School, Rocky Mount Schools, Biosignia and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. He was also an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Honors included the NC Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Leadership Award, and, shared with his wife Pat, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the United Way’s Community Champions Award.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2014