In Loving Memory

Doug Etheridge, d. Aug. 12, 2014




In Loving Memory

October 6, 1957 – August 12, 2014


Doug Etheridge_Obit Picture

James Douglas Etheridge, 56, born in Tuscaloosa, AL and a longtime resident of Daphne, passed away August 12, 2014, at his residence with his family by his side.  He was a graduate of Brookwood High School and the University of Alabama.  Doug was employed by the Baldwin County Board of Education as an Attendance officer, but also served as a coach and teacher at Fairhope High School for twenty seven years.  He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of twenty nine years, Patty Etheridge; two sons, Br. Christopher Bragg Etheridge and Cody Hamilton Etheridge; his parents, Charles and Sue Etheridge and his brother, Craig Etheridge and many other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church. The Celebrant will be Rev. Matthew J. O’Connor. Burial will follow in Belforest Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church, Tuesday evening, August 19, 2014, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. 

Pallbearers will be, Mike Fillingim, Drew Corley, Stuart Fuller, Ralph Watson, Mike Nix and Joe Allen.  Honorary Pallbearers will be, Bill Martiniere, Joey Cain, Ryan Fillingim, Michael Fillingim, Mike Price, Randy White, Tim Lazzari, Phillip Webb, Danny Beebe and Steve Sims.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Doug’s memory to the Institute of the Incarnate Word, 5706 Sargent Rd., Chillum, MD, 20782.  Expressions of condolence may be made at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.



  1. Kathy Rimel Price

    Doug was such a sweet soul. He will be missed!

  2. Kathy Skipper Buckhault

    My heart and certainly my prayers go out to you all. Doug will forever be remembered and loved by so many. He was such a testament of how we should all live and treat people. He will forever be my friend, pal and my Roll Tide buddy.

    Patty, Bragg, Cody and the rest of the family I pray for God’s peace and strength. Love you guys.

  3. Brenda Pipkin

    Doug will be sorely missed at Daphne High. I so enjoyed his visits every week.

  4. Cathy Etheridge Frego

    With Deepest Sympathy. Coach, you were taken to soon. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

  5. Wendy Austin Lett

    Thankful to have known Coach during my time at FHS 1983-86

  6. Rodna Abston Larson

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. katina cooka

    Praying for the family
    Rip coach

  8. sandy ash

    Praying for the family may god continue to be with you. Rip coach Etheridge

  9. Andrea Bassett-Walton

    RIP Coach.
    Prayers for your loving wife, children and family.
    With love,

  10. Teresa Lucas

    He was such a kind, gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  11. stacey krauss

    Such a bright light in the lives of so many! Blessed to have called him my friend!

  12. Susan Plowman

    In Doug’s own words “be a blessing,” he was a true blessing to so many! May our precious Lord comfort his sweet family as they sift through the day to day memories of missing their precious husband, father, brother, son, and friend. God speed my friend! Heaven has gained a great man! (Brookwood class 1976).

  13. Cheryl Toxey Castleberry

    So sorry for your loss and yes it is a loss, it doesn’t matter that I haven’t seen him in years I know now what I knew then, Doug Etheridge always a kind and caring person with such a sweet peaceful spirit. I am so thankful I had an opportunity to share a moment in time with him and his family at Brookwood High School.Thank you Doug for always making a difference. With my deepest sympathy.

  14. Scott and Karen Peacock

    Patty, Cody and Bragg and all of Doug’s family, our love and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Doug touched so many lives and he will be missed here on earth, but heaven gained a beautiful soul. We are here if you need us.

  15. Lydia and Jeff Barber

    We are praying for peace and comfort for your family. Doug was always smiling and upbeat when he came in the Daphne Elementary office and i happened to be working there that day. He always asked how our family was doing. Such a sweet, caring soul.

  16. Frances Patton

    Words cannot express the loss of such a wonderful man. My love and prayers go out to Patty and the entire Etheridge family. May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand over his heart!

  17. April Mobley

    The best coach ever!!!! Prayers goes out to his family. 🙁

  18. Diane

    My thoughts, prayers and love go out to Patty and the boys! Doug was such a special, special person who was a blessing every day to others. He always had a hug and kind words for everyone! He will be missed on this earth but he is in a much better place with our Heavenly Father! Prayers for peace to the family in that they will walk, laugh and be with him again one day in our heavenly home! Diane Holmes

  19. Terry Williams

    Although it has been more than 30 years, after reading about your life I know what a great man you had become. God Bless your family in this time of sorrow.

  20. charles carter

    My prayers go out to coaches family! he was a great coach and teacher! He will always be remembered by many! r.i.p. coach etheridge.

  21. Cecilia Muzik

    Love and prayers sent for you, Patty, and family. I pray that God will give you strength, comfort and peace today and every day knowing Doug is with our Heavenly Father and now in a place to do more for all of you than ever before. Thinking and praying for you and the boys.

  22. Sharon K. Etheridge

    So very saddened to hear of Doug’s illness and passing. He was my “brother” and one of my most favorite people on this planet. Sending prayers to Patty, Bragg , Cody and the family.

  23. Belinda Powell

    My dearest condolences to Coach’s family. God must have needed someone special. He was a great man and great coach that taught us much more than softball. He will be greatly missed. RiP.

  24. Debbie Porter

    Patty, I am praying that God will continue to keep his arms around and your sons as you adjust to life without Doug. May you draw comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering, strength in knowing that he dearly loved you all and peace in knowing that he is now with the Lord.

  25. Judy Reeves

    Patty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Doug was a good, good man. the first year I taught at Fairhope High School, he always had my back and kept my spirits up. Love and condolences to you and the boys.

  26. Pamela Francisco

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It was an honor to have known such a kind and caring man. May the comfort of God help you all during this difficult time and in the days to come.


  27. Anne Jelinek

    I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Etheridge. I have, however, heard many people speak about him in such a way that I knew he was a good man. He must have been a great inspiration to those around him.

    God bless you Mrs. Etheridge and your family.

    Anne Jelinek

  28. Robin and Tracey Wall

    In Doug we have lost a great example of how to live in a way that glorifies God. Doug had a servant’s heart and was a friend to all. He and his family have shown us how to bravely face death and disease with grace and faith. We have been blessed and we are now left to be a blessing to others. The Wall family, including Boo and Dakota, grieve with you and wish you comfort and peace.

  29. Carol Palumbo

    I will miss Doug and his kind spirit. He worked with me as our attendance officer at Spanish Fort Middle. He had a difficult job but worked with the students with kindness and compassion. It was never “just a job” to
    Doug. Blessings to Doug’s family. Truly, I wish you comfort and peace.

  30. Elizabeth Jennings

    Doug was such a kind man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  31. The Wenzel Family

    Always a blessing to be with Doug and Patty Etheridge. Patty, you are an inspiration to my children. Frankly, I think they never will forget you.

    Doug and Patty were always so kind to us as we moved to the South from Maine. Thank you for that.

    Your family is continuously in our prayers.

    Tim, Gretchen, Maddy, & Michael

  32. Angela Woodard Walker

    Coach Etheridge, I extend my sincerest condolences to you and your family. May the Holy Spirit comfort you all like only He can. I love you!

  33. Nettie

    The memory if Doug will live on forever in the hearts of so many that loved him. Live you all Patty, Brag, Cody and family. Always praying for you.

  34. Russ and Kay Haynes

    Patty we have such great memories of Doug and watching the Fairhope girls basketball games. He was such a positive influence. He really meant a lot to Maggie during her years on the team. He will be greatly missed by many. Sorry we are out of town and will not be at the wake or funeral, but our prayers and love are with you and the boys.

  35. Barry and Deborah Pennington


    Deborh and I are sincerely heartbroken for you and your family. Doug has been an outstanding ambassador for girls sports in Baldwin County. His passing will be such a loss for the many students
    he has taught or coached. He was greatly respected by all the teachers, coaches, and administrators throughout the state. I considered Doug as one of the good guys for kids.
    Although we are away at this time, our thoughts and prayers are with you, the boys, and family.
    Barry and Deborah

  36. Betsy & Mark Kranz

    Patty, Bragg, and Cody,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Doug was loved and will be missed by so many people. His legacy lives on in the many students and educators whose lives he impacted so positively.
    Betsy & Mark

  37. Jan Armor Hudson

    Doug has always been a blessing to everyone he knew…
    Throughout our elementary, high school and college days together, he looked out for his friends best interest. He will be forever remembered as being more concerned for others, than himself.
    Rest in Heaven my dear, sweet friend.
    Much love to you Patty, Bragg and Cody…
    (Brookwood High School Class of 1976)

  38. Donna Sessions

    Doug was a wonderful man inside and out. Patty was blessed with 29 wonderful years. We love you Patty and you are in our prayers. May God Bless you and your family!

    Donna, Madison, and Molli Claire Sessions

  39. Laura Anders Lee

    I still think about Coach 20 years after playing on his JV basketball team. (Go Pirates!) He was a great coach, filled with words of wisdom, (React, don’t think!), and he was stern and effective, yet caring and kind. To the Etheridge family: Coach touched the lives of so many young ladies like myself at Fairhope High School, and he will not be forgotten. Love to you all.

  40. Nilda Lehmann

    He left an emptiness in our lives! Going to miss making you laugh! We’ll handle the students for you. You fought a great battle. Will miss you, Dough. Have a great time on the Streets of Gold!

  41. Stella Martin

    What a fine example Doug set for us all.
    God’s peace for Patty and the entire family

  42. Nancy & Terry Woodham

    What a wonderful man, husband, father, and son! Doug Etheridge will be missed by many students, parents, and friends. Doug’s legacy and memories will last forever in many of our hearts and lives. He and his precious wife, Patty passed my path many years ago. They say that people are not put in your lives by mistake and that they all cross your path for a reason. Thank you Patty, Bragg, and Cody for sharing Doug with so many. May the special memories that y’all made throughout the years, give you comfort as you go on.

  43. Kim Overstreet


    We are so sorry for you loss.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Todd, Kim, Connor and Garrett Overstreet

  44. Ed and Sandi Fortner

    Patty and Boys,
    Our thoughts and prayers to you and all of Doug’s family during this difficult time. May you feel God’s comfort and peace. Blessings to you all. He was such a fine man!

    The Fortners


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