Charles (Chuck) Howard Dobson: Obituary


Charles (Chuck) Howard Dobson, Scotsman, businessman, world traveler, dog lover, and foodie died on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the age of 74.

Born in Westminister, Maryland on January 14, 1944, he graduated from Westminster High School in 1962 and enlisted in the Maryland National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. Chuck attended Catonsville Community College and the University of Maryland for his undergraduate studies and completed graduate professional education at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

Chuck had a long career in the financial services industry, serving in managerial to Vice President roles with Maryland National Bank, Union Trust Company in Baltimore, MD, Southeast Bank/First Union in Miami, FL, Huntington Bank in Columbus, OH, and Midfirst Credit Union in Middletown, OH. He completed his corporate career working for NCR as a consultant and project manager, where he advised banking clients on financial automation technology.

Later, Chuck paired his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of man’s best friend by starting and operating a natural pet supply business in the Suwanee, Georgia area. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he used his background in entrepreneurship and finance working for the U.S. Government processing emergency loans for disaster-stricken small business owners. Even after retiring on Lake Lanier in 2006, Chuck continued to bring his experience to several local businesses.

Chuck enjoyed surrounding himself and spending time with strong, intelligent, and entertaining people. He found his equal in, wooed, and married Judy Mitchell Dobson, of Johnstown, PA, a little over forty years ago. They traveled extensively, experiencing new places, flavors, and hunting down unique antiques. Together they instilled the importance of loyalty, responsibility, and hard work into their beloved son Brice Andrew Dobson.  Brice is married to Paige Parker, formerly of Cumming.

Chuck delighted in sharing the things he enjoyed and found meaningful with his friends and family…his flower garden, stories about his dog, his Scottish heritage, and where to find a good meal. Never one to show up underdressed, Chuck took pride in and was known for his distinguished style. He was a long-time member of Duck’s Unlimited and the Clan Donnachaidh Society of the South.

Chuck was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.  He had quiet and private faith and belief in God, which he lived through day-to-day kindness, charity, and support to his friends and family.

Visitation will be held at Dahlonega Funeral Home on Thursday, August 9 from 6-8 PM and at 1 PM, Friday, August 10 with Memorial Service beginning at 2 PM.  Contributions in Chuck’s memory may be made to Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501, or online at

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