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Douglas Dean Stonebraker

August 19, 1960 - January 7, 2018

Hernando, MS – Douglas Dean Stonebraker, 57, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL. After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, he passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family members that afternoon.

 

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Hernando, MS – Douglas Dean Stonebraker, 57, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL. After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, he passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family members that afternoon.

 

Doug will forever be remembered and adored by his wife, Kathryn Stonebraker; their daughter, Kimberly (Kenny) White, San Diego, CA; his 4 grandkids, Addison Elizabeth (8), Riley Brooke (6), Nolan Carter (4), Micah Douglas (5 months); his parents, Jack & Sally Stonebraker, Muncie; his brother, Jack (Debbie) Stonebraker, Streamwood, IL; his sister, Sheri Meadows, Grand Rapids, MI; and was preceded in death by his sister, Lori, and his brother, Mark. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and co-workers who became family. Doug and the family are also truly blessed and thankful to have had Doug’s brother-in-law Billy Trueman, Cedar Grove, TN in our lives as Billy put his world on hold for the last 10 months to be Doug’s fulltime caregiver and confidant.

 

Born August 19, 1960, Doug was a constant joy who kept everyone on their toes. He loved life and wanted nothing more than for everyone he encountered each day to be the happiest version of themselves that they could be. He never made anyone feel like a burden and was determined to make sure that everyone’s needs were met, always. Whether that need was a smile, a laugh, someone to listen to, or a task that needed to be completed, he made it happen. Trying to keep up with that man’s pace was nearly impossible. “Can’t” wasn’t in his vocabulary and no matter how hard the task at hand may have been, everything was always “Faaaantastic,” if you asked him.

 

Doug had a passion for nature and loved being outdoors. He looked forward to deer camp every year and was most happy sitting around a campfire with family and friends telling stories about life. He loved golf and he truly loved work and was actively involved in the FedEx St. Jude Classic each year where he sponsored 2 holes every year, one for his mother and one for his mother in law. He was known and loved at FedEx as Captain Fantastic, where he was held with incredibly high regard. It was impossible not to want to work harder and be better just by being in his presence.

 

Of everything in this world that truly brought him joy, nothing came close to the pride and joy he had for his family and he was loved by each member of that family as fiercely as he loved them. Being a husband and a dad were his two proudest roles that he never took for granted, and gaining the title of PaPaw truly made him whole.

 

In a final gift to us on earth, Doug’s eyes were donated after receiving a phone call Sunday afternoon. The family finds incredible peace and joy in this gift knowing that not only will someone continue to have eye sight but will also be blessed with the opportunity to see the world through Doug’s unique and beautiful view. Doug truly was the good in this world, and we are all a little better for having known him.

 

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

 

Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday or one hour prior to services on Saturday.

 

The family will also have a celebration of Doug’s life later in the spring in Mississippi, as we know that there are hundreds (actually thousands) between the two areas that want to gather to hug, cry, smile and even laugh as we have memories of how Doug touches and filled our lives!!!!

 

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at meeksmortuary.com.

 

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