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Dr. Douglas Otis Eason

June 1, 1940 ~ July 12, 2017 (age 77)
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Message from Tim Parrish
August 31, 2017 5:46 PM

Dear Laurel,
Today I learned of the passing of Doug. My heart is heavy for you, your children and grandchildren. The condolences left are proof that great men still live among us and make a positive impact in the lives of others. I will be in touch.
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Message from Sandra and Marion Padgett
August 17, 2017 3:42 PM

Laurel, we are saddened to hear of the loss of your dear husband, Douglas. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Message from Elizabeth Hartley Filliat
August 17, 2017 12:16 PM

Laurel, I am thinking of you today, with love. I send you, and your family, my condolences in the passing of your husband, Douglas. Others, including myself, are thinking of you, with care and compassion, at this time in your life.
Message from Charline [Slack] & David McElroy
August 17, 2017 12:03 AM

We are so sorry for the loss of your husband Laurel. You & your family are in our prayers.
Message from Beverly Austin Smith
July 19, 2017 7:07 AM

I was fortunate to have worked with Dr. Eason during my years as Alumni Association President. His leadership was invaluable. But, I was truly blessed to get to know him and his wit!
Message from Melody Hill
July 18, 2017 2:33 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Eason's passing. I had him in the mid-70's at Columbia State. If he could take that bunch and make them like Shakespeare, he was quite a teacher. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Message from Arlene Bobo
July 17, 2017 4:30 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Eason. He was a very kind, insightful, and considerate man. He was very helpful in assisting myself and Lisa Nesbitt, both nursing instructors at MCC at the time, in our efforts to establish a minority nursing
mentoring program in the ADN program at MCC. As a result of our efforts several minority RN's are now employed in healthcare facilities throughout the
Statesville community and elsewhere. He will always be remembered for this. Thank you Dr. Eason.
Message from Dr. Jill Channing
July 17, 2017 3:36 PM

I remember the good times at Mitchell with Dr. Eason fondly. He and his wife would send me a birthday card every year. He cared about employees and this showed in how he managed the College.
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A candle was lit by Amanda Patterson on July 16, 2017 3:54 PM
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A candle was lit by Cyndy Nixon Nantz on July 16, 2017 2:25 PM
Message from Richard & Jan Lefevre
July 16, 2017 11:28 AM

It was one of my greatest honors to have worked with Dr. Douglas Eason for sixteen years at Mitchell Community College. Doug was not only a great leader, he was also a mentor, teacher and listener. The community will sorely miss his many contributions toward the betterment of his adopted home. Thanks to Dr. Eason for all of the encouragement and support so willingly given to so many. Sincere condolences to Laurel and the Eason family.
Message from Cathy and Frederick Wayand
July 15, 2017 9:18 PM

During our years in Statesville we were privileged to have Dr. Doug and Dr. Laurel Eason as our neighbors. There are no finer people. In a time of need they were there. They shared family joys and celebrations. Doug's wit and humor were well appreciated. Although his knowledge of many subjects was deeper than most he never made anyone feel inferior and treated all with kindness and caring for the human spirit. Our thoughts are with his family.
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A candle was lit by Mary Marks on July 15, 2017 5:20 PM
Message from Brenda Hammond
July 15, 2017 12:54 PM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Many thoughts of the fun sweet times our children played together when they were young along with Alana and Jennifer Byars in Sunnyside. 🙏🙏
Message from Brenda Hammond
July 15, 2017 12:54 PM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Many thoughts of the fun sweet times our children played together when they were young along with Alana and Jennifer Byars in Sunnyside. 🙏🙏
Message from Judy Speulda
July 14, 2017 7:47 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Remembering the good times at BGA.
Peace and love
Judy Speulda
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A candle was lit by Mark and Kat Coleman on July 14, 2017 7:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Judy Speulda on July 14, 2017 7:42 PM
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Message from Jim and Ann Horton
July 14, 2017 4:18 PM

Dear Mrs. Eason, I was so sorry to hear that Mr. Eason had passed away. You and your family are in our prayers. If there is anything I can do for you let me know. With our deepest sympathies. Jim and Ann Horton
Message from Robert Hites
July 14, 2017 2:43 PM

As a fellow transplant to Statesville I can't thank the Eason family for the kindness they showed my in my tenure with the City. Doug was a wonderful friend and colleague. He loved a good story and had a fantastic sense of humor. Doug gave Statesville his all and the City is the better for his vision.
Message from Frank Foreman
July 14, 2017 1:57 PM

Dear Laurel[ Dr. L. E.], Lenora and Will,
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved husband and father.
All of the tributes for Dr. Eason can measure up to his accomplishments and to the man he was. He was truly a Man For All Seasons!
Message from Gerri and Bob Steltjes
July 14, 2017 11:49 AM

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A candle was lit by Janice Johnson on July 14, 2017 11:30 AM
Message from Janice Johnson
July 14, 2017 11:29 AM

My prayers are with your family...
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A candle was lit by Bill & Linda Brater on July 14, 2017 10:55 AM
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A candle was lit by Julia and Robert Hayes on July 14, 2017 9:24 AM
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A candle was lit by Bonnie McCurry on July 14, 2017 8:09 AM
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A candle was lit by Anita Souther on July 14, 2017 7:50 AM
Message from Jennifer Byars Savage
July 13, 2017 8:44 PM

Dear Laurel, Lenora, and Will,

I am so terribly sorry to hear of Doug's passing. To say he was like family is an understatement. My heart and prayers are with you now and always.

Jennifer Byars Savage
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A candle was lit by Jennifer Byars Savage on July 13, 2017 8:41 PM
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A candle was lit by Linda Wiersch on July 13, 2017 6:30 PM
Message from Karla Causey Kincaid
July 13, 2017 5:38 PM

I am so sad to hear of Dr. Eason's passing. He was such an amazing man, leader & community member.

He is a mentor & friend that has meant so much to me in my life. He honored me with the President's Award from Mitchell College in 2008, and also accompanied me to a visit in Raleigh to receive the NC Community Colleges' Academic Excellence Award. He always supported my music career (as he was an accomplished classical pianist!) and my husband & I were asked to perform for he & his lovely wife, Laurel's, 50th wedding anniversary party at The Sharpe House last year. He wrote me soaring letters of recommendation & was always a reference for me anytime I asked. He made me feel like I was his favorite student...but that's just because of who he was. He made everyone feel that way!

At his anniversary party, I had the pleasure of meeting his wonderful family & catching a glimpse of the fabulous life he & his wife led together. I will never forget his heartfelt toast to his wife, where he went down on one knee to ask his wife to marry him again & presented her with a gorgeous pearl ring. What a gentleman!

Just an all around class act, one-of-a-kind gem of a human being. I am so thankful for the privilege of having his positive influence in my life & for getting to know such a kind, encouraging, & intelligent person. What a phenomenal legacy he leaves! He will be missed by so many, I am certain. ❤️
Rest In Peace, Dr. Eason.
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A candle was lit by Joshua L.Rankin, Angie Nance,Shirley Parker, on July 13, 2017 5:19 PM
Message from Beverly Brown
July 13, 2017 5:13 PM

I am grateful for the life and work of Dr. Eason. I will remember his intelligence, his humor, and his passion for the education of all. My prayers are with his family at this time for peace and comfort.
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A candle was lit by Ray Guffey on July 13, 2017 4:19 PM
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A candle was lit by Sharon Ellis on July 13, 2017 3:43 PM
Message from Sharon Ellis
July 13, 2017 3:42 PM

I will always remember Dr. Eason's smile and kind words. He always had time to stop and chat with you around campus. He was just a humble and kindhearted gentleman and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him. He turned Mitchell Community College into a great institution. I send my condolences to his family and friends.
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A candle was lit by Fellow Rotarians of The Rotary Club of Greater Statesville on July 13, 2017 3:01 PM
Message from Shirley lambert
July 13, 2017 12:08 PM

It was such a privilege to know and work with Dr. Eason. A true southern gentleman filled with grace, compassion and gratitude. I loved his sense of humor. Never forgot where he came from. We shared a love for pickings from the greens patch that always needed to be accompanied by corn bread. Will be deeply missed and never forgotten. My deepest sympathy.
Message from Chad A. Lackey
July 13, 2017 11:41 AM

What a wonderful and admirable man. Your wisdom and kind words will continue to fill those who knew you and even those who may not had the chance. The stepping stones you set forth at Mitchell Community College will continue to give the gift of education to those who seek knowledge.

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A candle was lit by Donna A. Worrell on July 13, 2017 11:41 AM
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A candle was lit by Chad A. Lackey on July 13, 2017 11:34 AM
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