Robert “Bobby” Clarence Dunbar Jr, 84, of Carthage, NC passed on of natural causes in the early hours of August 16, 2020 at Peak Resources – Pinelake where he resided with his wife Imelda. 

Robert “Bobby” was born on February 9, 1936 in Eunice, Louisiana to Robert C. Dunbar Sr and Marjorie Geraldine Byars Dunbar. Bobby and his three siblings (John, Gerald and Mary) attended Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Opelousas, Louisiana. After Bobby finished high school in 1953, he attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree for Accounting in 1957. Upon graduation, Bobby married Imelda Anne Broussard from Sulphur, Louisiana. Bobby and Imelda had five children: Marie Cummings, Robert “Robbie” C. Dunbar III (8/10/60-12/9/99), Margaret Cutright, Ronald “Ron” Dunbar and Swinfred “Swin” Spivey nee Dunbar. Bobby was a career accountant beginning with Firestone in Orange, Texas, Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, NC, Hanes in Winston-Salem, NC, Sandhills Mental Health in West End, NC, and for the state of North Carolina. He raised his family in Winston-Salem, NC and Southern Pines, NC then later retired in Kinston, NC and finally moved to Carthage, NC to be close with his family. Bobby was always good with his hands.As a Child Bobby loved building and flying model airplanes which he flew in competitions. Bobby also enjoyed playing the blues on any piano as a young adult. In addition Bobby loved the outdoors fishing and hunting to making outdoor BBQ pits with his sons and having BBQ meals with his family and friends. Bobby was also a devout Roman Catholic and obtained Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Robert and Imelda are parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinehurst, NC.

Bobby was a devoted husband and loving father. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Imelda Anne Broussard Dunbar. Bobby is survived by siblings John Dunbar (Sally) of Sarasota, Fl, Gerald Dunbar (Helaine) of Lafayette, La and Mary (Robert Leon) Cole of Monroe, Ohio. Bobby’s living children are Marie Cummings (John) of Carthage, NC, Margaret Cutright (Wayne) of Raleigh, NC, Ron Dunbar (Debbie) of Nashville, Indiana, Swin Spivey (Aaron) of Long Beach, Ca, and his daughter-in-law Lea Dunbar. Bobby is also survived by eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren

Bobby is predeceased by his parents Robert C Dunbar Sr and Marjorie Geraldine Byars Dunbar, his eldest son, Robert “Robbie” C. Dunbar, III (1999), and a great-grandson Jacob John Dunbar (2007).

A memorial service will be held at a later date once restrictions have been lifted. 

Memorials may be made to Mental Health Association @, or write to: NAMI 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203, or to the donors favorite charity. 

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Dunbar family. 

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  1. May the entire Dunbar family find peace and comfort in the love of God as they accept and adjust to the passing of their husband, Dad, granddad, brother and friend. Bob was a man of a very deep faith and lived that faith with strong leadership to his family. There was never anything he wouldn’t do for anyone and he never hesitated to turn to God when he had to face any problem that would arise no matter what the reason or cause. His home was filled with laughter, the smell of great cooking, and prayer. His fine example will live on in their hearts. May he rest in God’s eternal peace.

  2. I served on several Cursillo teams with Bob here in NC, and I too can attest to his faith, love of others and wonderfully kind and generous disposition. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray that all the family is able to find peace in the hope that Bob is with his Lord for eternity – Peace!

  3. I just heard a couple of days ago about “Mr. Dunbar” as I knew him, or Bob, to my Mom and Dad. I am so sorry for your loss of your husband, Mrs. Dunbar (Imelda) to my Mom and Dad, and your Dad, to all of you kids (who I used to babysit). Please let me know if you need anything or just want to talk.

    May God surround all of you with His arms to help all of you through this time of sorrow and may the Holy Spirit bring any and all good memories of your husband or Dad back into your minds.

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