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May 21, 1952 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Douglas McDuffie was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 21, 1952, the youngest of three. He departed this earthly life on Sunday, December 17, 2023. Douglas turned from the street-life and was baptized and gave over his life to Jesus at the age of 15, under the leadership and Sound Doctrine training of the late Dr. J.S. Winston, University Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio. This theme of “bouncing back” was the start of what would become his life anthem and mission… a life of resistance and bouncing back from adversity!
He graduated from John Hay High School in 1971, where he played football and earned a full scholarship to attend Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, and graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in Sociology. Douglas would go on to attended Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas, and earned an undergraduate degree in Bible in 1978. He rounded out his education by receiving a master’s degree in counseling from Amber University, Dallas, Texas and receiving his PHD in Ministry.
Douglas, as a professor of Sociology and track coach at SwCC, had a passion for coaching track and using coaching to teach his students to run the race of life and to commit to giving their all and to getting back up from a fall and continue their race. He took his track teams to regional track meets and the Nationals year-after-year with great success… both in track and life races!
Douglas’ great passion was preaching and ministry, a legacy his mother left him. His ministry service started under his father in the gospel, Dr. J.S. Winston with the University and Cherry Valley Churches of Christ, Northeastern Ohio. His first fulltime service as minister, for 12 years, was with the North Main Church of Christ, Hutchins, Texas. He later served in ministry as a member of the Cedar Crest Church of Christ for several years before returning to pulpit ministry and completing his service with the Saltwork Road Church of Christ, Palestine, TX where he served till the end of his earthly journey.
Douglas’ secular service was in the area social services. Early in his career he served families through social services with the Summit County Health and Human Services, Akron, Ohio, and later in his career at the Texas Behavior Health Authority, Dallas, Texas. He worked for TBHA up until his health failed. In this role he supported men with getting their lives back on track.
Douglas authored a memoir chronicling his life, which was a life that paralleled his journey from youth to the end; as well, it paralleled his service to people in the real-life journey of running a race. The book entitled, “Bounce Back.”— a reflection on a life dedicated to bouncing back from the highs and lows of this human experience.
Douglas was preceded in death by his mother, Vertee McDuffie, and his brother, Dale McDuffie. He leaves to morn his death and cherish loving memories: wife, Georgia of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Kelly (Derek) Edwards of Beverly Hills, CA; sister, Diane Smith of Richfield, OH; his father-in-law, Rollin Tomlinson; mother-in-law, Annette Tomlinson; sister-in-law, Lisa Tomlinson; brother-in-law, Dwight Tomlinson, all of Jamaica; his two nieces, Kimberly (Chris) Harris of Indianapolis, IN and Kenitha (Larry) Buehler of Richfield, Ohio; nephew, Cleo (Lea) Smith Jr. of Warrensville, OH; two great nieces, Brook Smith and London Smith; two great nephews, Christopher Harris Jr. and Christian Smith. He also leaves behind a host or friends: his best friend of 50 years, Ralph Draper has been by his side throughout his life’s journey! Special close friends/brothers: Paul Mason, Henry O. Adkins, Russell Pointer, Jerry Taylor, and Eric Nelson.
A special thanks to his caregiver, Brother Hampton Trigg, who really supported Douglas and his family during the last several months of his life.