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Doug Dearstone

November 5, 2021 ~ November 5, 2021

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McDuffie County

Mr. James Douglas "Doug" Dearstone, 76, Thomson, Georgia, went to be with his Papa God on November 5, 2021.

Doug was born in Greeneville, Tennessee on March 26, 1945, lived and grew up in Greeneville, and moved from Buford, Georgia to Thomson, Georgia in 1982.  In July, 1966, he enlisted in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was stationed in San Diego, California and Norfolk, Virginia until his discharge in April, 1968.  He was always so proud to have served his country.  Doug graduated from Carson Newman University with a Major in Biology, worked at TG&Y as Assistant Manager and as a Sales Associate at Lowe’s and Culpepper Ace Hardware until he retired.  He was always going the extra mile for his customers, whether he was working at Lowe’s and taking his own time to go to a customer’s house setting up their new television, or putting together a lawnmower at no charge; that was Doug.  Chances are if you needed paint in Thomson, Georgia and went to Culpepper Ace Hardware, you were looking for Doug “the paint man”.  If you wanted a certain color paint, he would work hard to get you exactly what you wanted.  He loved his customers, and his customers’ trusted and loved him.  Some of them would come into the store, but leave, if he wasn’t there.  Doug enjoyed fly-fishing, woodworking, crafts, painting and collecting model cars, ships and trains.  A quote from a customer and friend states, “When I put my Christmas Train Village up every year, there will be a little plaque in his honor.  It will be, The Doug Dearstone Christmas Railway, in his memory”.  Doug was an avid Tennessee and NASCAR fan.  He was a greeter at InMotion Church for many years and always wanted to be involved in the Lord’s work.  Doug was a people person and loved spending time with friends and family.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents, James Newton Dearstone and Iva Lena Byrd Dearstone and his infant son, Thomas Dustin “Dusty” Dearstone.  His survivors include his, wife of thirty-eight years, Janet Helm Dearstone of Thomson, Georgia; his son, David Dearstone of Ames, Iowa; his daughter, Dawn Dearstone of Dallas, Texas; his step-daughter Kip Hornsby (Larry) of Marietta, Georgia; his brother, Bob Dearstone of Knoxville, Tennessee; his sister Nancy Belt of Greeneville, Tennessee; and his grandchildren; Mason Peters, Alea Hornsby and Jackson Hornsby and other extended family members.

There will be no Memorial Service.  Please visit to sign the family’s personal guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb, 1605 Roberta Dr., SW, Marietta, GA  30008 or make your donation on-line.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is honored to serve the family of  Mr. James Douglas "Doug" Dearstone”.


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