Carl DeWayne Hrovatic
BLUEFIELD, Va. — On December 3, 2010, Carl DeWayne Hrovatic of Bluefield, Va., passed away at Bluefield Regional Medical Center surrounded by family members. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Carl was born on December 26, 1930 in Salem, Ohio to the late Joseph and Frances Kostelic Hrovatic. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Charles and five other brothers and three sisters.
Carl was baptized at Falls Mills Christian Church 56 years ago and had served in many capacities, including Elder, Sunday school teacher and in the music department. He also belonged to several professional and honorary fraternities. He graduated from Bluefield College with honors and served as president of the student body. He pursued further education in geology at Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech School of Graduate Studies. He served on several boards and was the longest serving member on the Board of Southwest Virginia Community College.
Carl had a very interesting career life. He was a member of the 148th infantry Golden Arrow Division in the Korean Conflict. He played eight years of professional baseball with the Braves system, including the Bluefield Blue Grays, and won several honors and awards with them. He was employed with Corte Construction Company, Consolidation Coal Company and was also affiliated with Marshall Miller and Associates.
He was a father-figure and mentor for many young men, both on the athletic field and on the job. Referred to as “PaPa,” Carl was widely known for his infectious smile, outgoing personality and sense of humor. He liked to look at life in a light-hearted way, often responding with “Que Sera Sera.”
He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Natalie Stansfield Hrovatic, whom he married 59 years ago on November 10. They shared the house with Isabel, the “black beast” cat. Also surviving are his son, Mark DeWayne Hrovatic and his wife Linda, Summersville, W.Va.; daughter, Terri Green, Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Marc Hrovatic and his wife Laura of Tazewell, Va., Andy Hrovatic and his wife Leslie of Cedar Bluff, Brad Herald of Reston, Va., and Valerie Herald of Charleston, S.C.; his much loved great-grandchildren, Tanner, Erin, Craig and Katy Hrovatic of Tazewell, Anna and Campbell Hrovatic, Tanner LaForce of Cedar Bluff; brother, James Hrovatic of Salem, Ohio; sisters, Margaret Dumovic, Salem, Ohio, Rosalie Hemmen, Mesa, Ariz.; nephews, Steven and David Stansfield; and niece, Sharon Armistead were loved as his own.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Falls Mills Christian Church with Clay Bailey and Frank Watkins officiating. Entombment will follow in the Grandview Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Marc, Andy and Tanner Hrovatic, Brad Herald, Steven and David Stansfield, Mike Jones and Dennis Belcher. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Harris, Leonard Harris, members of the Sportsman Farm and employees of Marshall Miller and Associates.
Friends may call on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel
The family requests for memorial gifts to be sent to Christian Acres, 1351 Evangelism Road, Bluefield, WV 24701; Clinton Looney, Box 250, Vansant, VA 24656; or Box 1826, Harlingen, TX 78550.
Dudley Memorial Mortuary of Bluefield, Va. is serving the Carl DeWayne Hrovatic family.