Dr. Carroll R. Bostic

January 4, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Dr. Carroll Ray Bostic, 88, died January 4, 2022. He was born March 17, 1933, to William Clarence Bostic and Evelyn Marie Bayne, in Alleghany County, Virginia.

Dr. Bostic graduated in 1950 from Covington High School in Covington, Virginia. He went on to Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. While a student there, he joined the United States Army in 1953. He attended the Army Field Service school at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. After completing these programs, he was assigned to an Army surgical unit in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned to Berea College to complete his studies, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Dr. Bostic attended Richmond Professional Institute of the Colleges of William and Mary in Richmond, Virginia, earning his MS degree in Rehabilitative Counseling. In 1969, he received his Doctor of Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

During his extensive career, Dr. Bostic was an assistant professor of education at Wayne State University in Detroit and District Supervisor for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in Youngstown, Ohio. He served on the staff of Mankato State College in Mankato, Minnesota and part-time at the Minnesota Valley Mental Health Center. In 1974, he joined the staff of the Southern Iowa Mental Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa, and served there 20 years before moving to Charlotte. After relocating to Charlotte, Dr. Bostic practiced at the Behavioral Health Center (now Atrium Health) and retired after 15 years.

Dr. Bostic loved bluegrass music as well as choral music and participated in numerous choirs. He enjoyed reading, especially political, historical, and biblical literature. As a member of SouthPark Church, he taught Adult Sunday School, sang in the traditional choir, participated in Tuesday morning Prayer Breakfasts, trained Christ Care groups, and served on the Board of the Methodist Counseling Center. He also volunteered at Ballantyne YMCA. Well-recognized for having a deep bass voice, he could call a group instantly to order by bellowing “Attentionony!” Two of his favorite sayings were: “I’m doing better than I deserve!” and “…getting ready to fly away!” He felt his greatest accomplishments were serving and helping innumerable clients to meet their rehabilitation and mental health goals, and loving and serving God through his ministry to his neighbors.

Dr. Bostic is survived by his wife Nancy Bailey Bostic of Charlotte; brother Courtland Bostic (wife Sue deceased) of Newport News, Virginia; brother-in-law James Bailey (Barbara) of Wilmington, North Carolina; brother-in-law Erskin Back (wife Shirley deceased) of Chester, Virginia; stepchildren and grandchildren Heather Lowe (sons Brade and Carter); Adrian Moritz (wife Ashley, daughter Lillian and son to be born February 6); nieces Jan Barbee, Jeri Knoeller, Julie Britton and Joy Williams of Chester, Virginia; and nephews Bryan Bostic and Jeff Bostic of Richmond, Virginia; Dan Bailey of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and John Bailey of Charlotte.

A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 10:00am at SouthPark Church (formerly Sharon United Methodist), 3151 Apex Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Ed Mesko

    Great guy. Always fun to be with. Rest in peace.

    Ed and Sylvia

  • Jeffrey Hull

    Nan, I am so sorry to learn of Carroll’s death, and I can imagine how much you will miss him after 20 plus years together. I remember well your wedding and how obviously perfect you two were for each other. Please accept my deepest sympathy. With love, Jeff

  • David &Carol Stewart

    Nancy, so sorry to hear of Carroll's passing. We have known him for 60+ early employment years and have been in contact intermittingly over those years. We will miss his phone calls, the most recent a couple of months ago. Remembered amongst other things was his love of books. Take care of yourself and enjoy those grandchildren.