On January 28, 2021, Douglas Paul Gragg passed away peacefully at home in Franklin, Georgia at age 78. He was born on October 23, 1942 in Globe, Caldwell North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude E. Gragg and Daphne Hall. Douglas Paul was survived by his daughters, Connie Smith, husband Steve Smith, Melody Morris, husband Joseph “Jody” Morris Siblings Brenda Laurens, Barbara (Sissy) Clancy, Linda Davis and Harry Wright and nephews and nieces. Grandchildren Michael Paul, Crystal Douglas, Brooke Jackson, Madison Whitehead, Joseph “Joe” Whitehead, Elizabeth Morris, and Timothy “Blake” Morris Great Grandchild Addison Douglas.
Douglas Paul joined the Army and proudly served his country in Vietnam. He loved his family, enjoyed deep sea fishing, he loved animals and had a passion for Nascar Racing.
It has been said that a measure of a man can be summarized by those he loves. Doug is a testament of that sentiment in so much as identified from the persons in the preceding list. Doug’s life will be remembered by those that carry on hereafter and his imprint will be everlasting. The people that have directly or indirectly encountered Doug will hold steadfast to the ideals of learning to live and love life with the same vigor as he did. The ability of Doug to harness and release his passion on friends, family and his interests is a trait that is worthwhile to pursue. His children and grandchildren (and great grandchild) can aim to live life to the fullest and to honor their dad’s and pawpaw’s life by unapologetically pursuing their own passions and dreams. There are many seasons of life but as Doug’s final season approached, there was a teaching from Jesus as documented from the book of Matthew that seemed to resonate and one we can all take heed…from the 6th chapter and the 34th verse, “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. Thank you Doug for living your life and teaching us all a little something while doing it!