Born in Beulaville, Duplin County (NC), January 4, 1932 to James Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Norris) Albertson.
Beulaville Elementary High School, 1938-1950; attended James Sprunt Community College.
Retired PPQ officer of USDA. Professional musician, songwriter and publisher, and recording artist. Performed on the Grand Ole Opry several times. Appeared on the Wilburn Brothers syndicated TV Show, Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Authur Smith TV Show, and Jimmy Snow Gospel Hour. Became known as NC Singing Senator.
Yokefellow Prison Ministry, 1978-80. Beulaville Investors Club. NC Farm Bureau. NC Agri-business Council. NC Grange. Duplin County Red Cross Fund Drive, 1980. Duplin Rural Development Panel (Food and Agriculture Council) 1980-87. Duplin County Fair Committee, 1982.
James Sprunt Community College Board of Trustees 1977-92, Chairman 1986-92. James Sprunt Community College Foundation Board of Directors, 1980, Chairman. James Sprunt Community College Foundation, 1983-86, Chairman. Duplin County Red Cross Fund Drive, 1980. Duplin County Agriculture-Business Council, 1980, President 1981. Duplin County Arts Council, 1977-79.
Member of North Carolina House of Representatives, 1989-92. North Carolina Senate, 1993-2010.
NC National Guard, April 1949-51. U.S. Air Force, 1951-52.
Two Certificates of Esteem from U.S. Defense Department for entertaining troops in 26 countries. Award for writing song for USDA APHIS. Duplin Count Board of Commissioners proclaimed Charlie Albertson Day, May 25, 1975. Presented Long Leaf Pine award by Governor Jim Hunt. Inducted by the NC State University into Gamma Sigma Delta Fraternity. The Honor Society of Agriculture, 2000. Friend of Agriculture Award, 1996 NC Dept. of Agriculture. Service to Agriculture NC Association of County Agriculture Agents, 2005. Farm Bureau Presidents Award of Excellence, 2010. NC Poultry Federation Distinguished Service Award, 2010. 4-H Alumni Award, 2005. NC State University Distinguished Service Award, 2004. Walter B. Jones Memorial Award (National) Coastal Steward of the Year, 2010. The NC and National Wildlife Federation Governor’s Award, 2005.
Has written and published numerous songs, some of which have been recorded by Nashville’s Country Music Artists. Has recorded six albums or CDs and numerous singles. Wrote promotional song – “Goodness Grows in North Carolina” for NC Dept. of Agriculture, also a jingle for UNC-TV, “Learning For A Lifetime”.
Member of Beulaville Presbyterian Church; served as an Elder, choir member. Former president of Wilmington Men’s Council. Former Vice-President NC Synod Men’s Council.
Married Grace Sholar February, 15, 1953. Children: Randy Lee Albertson and Pamela Albertson Darnell. Grandchildren: Jordan, Amanda, and Karla Albertson.