Robert R. Mauldin, who served as chairman and chief executive officer of Peoples Bank in the 1980s that later merged with Planters Bank to form Centura Bank, died Thursday evening.
Mauldin was chairman and chief executive officer of Centura when he retired in 1997.
Among his many accomplishments, Mauldin led an initiative to merge the economic development efforts of Rocky Mount, Nash and Edgecombe counties into a single entity, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, of which he was the first chairman.
He also was a founder of Rocky Mount Charter School, North Carolina’s largest charter school.
He recently was inducted into the N.C. Banking Hall of Fame.
When Mauldin went to work for Peoples in 1969, the bank had 22 branches and $100 million in assets. When the bank announced its merger with Planters in 1990, it had $1.26 billion in assets.
Mauldin was the prime mover in forging the growth of Peoples Bank, a press release from the N.C. Bankers Association states.
“In recognition of his strong leadership, his commitment to the banking industry of North Carolina, his love and support of his local community, and his pioneering example to all in the banking industry, we will be honored to induct Robert Mauldin into the North Carolina Banking Hall of Fame,” President and CEO of the N.C. Bankers Association Thad Woodard said in a prepared statement before the induction last month.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home.