Mr. Charles Gamble was born September 7, 1937 in Concord, North Carolina to the late Charlie Lee Gamble Jr and Leonia Franklin. He was educated in the Cabarrus County Public Schools and graduated from Logan High School. At an early age, he gave his life to Christ and participated at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC. Upon moving to Charlotte, NC, he was hired by the prestigious Charlotte City Club where he waited on prominent, professional members and their guests. He soon married and had a son from this union. By way of stories heard at the Club, Charles began his own travels and explored various Northeast cities within New York and New Jersey. He often shared many stories of his adventurous times. His travels landed him in Durham, NC where he found gainful employment, settled and later married Roberta Cates Turrentine. Charles was a dedicated and skillful custodian with North Carolina Central University Maintenance and Janitorial Department. Among his duties, he took great pride in the upkeep of Lathan Hall. He also received several accolades for his contributions and went on to retire after thirty plus years of service.
Charles was a good man, often quick-witted and sharp, who cared deeply for his wife, family and friends. He sometimes referred to himself as ‘a little strip of leather but well put together’. He was fond of watching local college basketball and pro-football. In his younger years, he enjoyed pitching horseshoes and playing basketball. Charles departed this life on June 21, 2019 at Treyburn Rehabilitation Center.
Preceding him in death are his parents; sister: Lessie Franklin; former spouse: Velma Bailey Gamble; and four step-sons.
Charles leaves to cherish his memory…his loving wife of forty-two years: Roberta C. Gamble; son: Harold D. Gamble Sr (Consuela); step-daughters: Mamie Hinson, Christine Turrentine, Julia Turrentine; daughter-in-law: Catherine B. Turrentine; sister-in-law: Mary Lois Parker; brother-in-law: Early Thomas Cates (Lucy); and a host of grandchildren, great-grands, and other relatives and friends.
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