Douglas O’Rear

Born in Jasper, AL on May 13, 1943

Departed on July 30, 2020 and resided in Ashland City, TN

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William Douglas O’Rear (Doug) of Ashland City, Tennessee died on Thursday, July 30, at St. Thomas West Hospital of COVID-19. He was 77 years old. The family is grateful for the kind and attentive care that Doug received as he battled this terrible virus. Though he initially downplayed the severity of the virus, he did take precautions when out of his home and his wish from his hospital bed was that his hospitalization would serve as a testimony to how terrible a COVID-19 infection can be.
Doug is survived by his wife, Jane Crisp, his children, Chris (Lynda), Michael (Julie), Casey Rapp, and Robert A. Crisp (Audrey Love), his 11 grand-children – Rachel, Jessie, Elizabeth, Michael, Jacob, Anna Grace, Mary Catherine, Katy Grace, Johnathan, Sydney, and Dru – and his 3 great grandchildren – Mason, Michael, and Malory. Doug is also survived by his sisters, Beth Edge (Clabourn) and Reba Little of Atlanta, Georgia and his nieces and nephews, Lauren Yeager, Michael Yeager, Daniel Kumatz, Adam Kumatz, Trey Jones, and Brady Little.
Doug was born on May 13, 1943 in Jasper, Alabama to Oscar and Blanche Mullins O’Rear. Education was a priority for Doug, his children, and grandchildren. After completing two years at Walker Junior College in Jasper, Doug received his B.S. from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and his M.A. from the University of Alabama. He completed extensive graduate work at the University of Alabama and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
Doug’s early career was spent in personnel administration with several organizations including the Alabama Power Company, The University of Alabama, and the former First American Bank in Nashville. He was also an Assistant Professor of Business at Belmont University. Since 1980, Doug has been involved in financial planning. He became a Certified Financial Planner and in 1983 he opened his own business, Doug O’Rear & Associates. In his role as financial planner, Doug was a frequent management and financial consultant with various for profit and non-profit organizations. Doug’s friends became his clients and his clients were his friends. He cared for each person as he would for a family member and was notorious for his work with clients regardless of their net worth. He was more concerned about an individual’s needs. Doug was known for his kindness and generosity, giving of his time and resources to multiple non-profit organizations. Doug’s life and enjoyment was in his work and he was working until the day he was hospitalized. Doug was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Middle Tennessee Financial Planning Association, having served in leadership and officer roles with both.
Beyond Doug’s work, or perhaps woven through it, he was known for his strong faith in Jesus. He sought to be a man of principle, generosity, hard work, and kindness. Doug served in various volunteer and leadership positions at First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Woodmont and Harpeth Heights Baptist Churches in Nashville, Tennessee. In the early 1990’s Doug began attending Pegram United Methodist Church in Pegram, Tennessee. He became a Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church and then a Licensed Local Pastor. He completed Licensed Local Pastor training at Martin Methodist College while serving as Pastor of Craggie Hope United Methodist Church in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, Eno and Oak Grove United Methodist Churches in Dickson, Tennessee.
Doug was a person of integrity and the person that he was shown through everything he did. He was the same person in every setting in which he worked and served. He loved the simple things of life. He enjoyed taking a grandchild with him on his Saturday errands to Costco or some other location in his ’72 Mercedes convertible, his old pickup truck or his new Tesla. He and Jane owned Chigger Ridge farm in Pegram, Tennessee for years until they sold it to Cumberland Heights treatment center for their Arch Academy. When they owned Chigger Ridge, Doug and Jane enjoyed meeting all kinds of people from around the world in the Bed & Breakfast that they ran there. Doug and Jane also traveled extensively across the United States visiting all 50 states, and around the world including trips to Europe, China, Egypt, the Holy Land, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Doug and Jane also kept horses on the farm and enjoyed traveling across Tennessee to various horse shows with their grandchildren over the years. Doug enjoyed participating in the annual 4th of July parade and activities in Pegram. He did not know a stranger and would often strike up conversations with any random person wherever he was. Doug would often carry $2 bills and used them to pay for items or to tip servers. He believed they were great conversation starters and regularly gave birthday and Christmas gifts of bundles of $2 bills. Doug was notorious for his bad jokes, his quirky shirts and hats, his love of Alabama football and some eccentric ways, but he was a caring, generous, Christian man with a kind heart and love of life and people.
Because of COVID-19, we will celebrate Doug’s life and memory at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to any of the following charitable organizations:
• ARK Community Resource Center in Pegram, Tennessee
• Bethesda Center in Ashland City, Tennessee
• The Help Center in Dickson, Tennessee
• Nashville Rescue Mission
• Second Harvest Food Bank
• United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR Disaster Relief Fund)
• Braxton Lee Homestead Foundation
• Kiwanis Eliminate Project
• Craggie Hope, Eno, or Oak Grove United M

32 Comments to William Douglas O’Rear

  1. Peggy and Ron Cook
    August 2, 2020 2:09 pm

    Our family was a recipient of Doug’s caring nature, kindness and willingness to assist. He was my in-laws, Tom and Edith Cook’s financial advisor for many years. Doug was a man of integrity as well as a patient man providing good, solid advice. We are so saddened that COVID attacked him. Now he is in eternal peace. We pray for the O’Rear family’s healing. Bless you all.

  2. John Lawrence
    August 2, 2020 4:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss Chris. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. James and Julie Cathey
    August 2, 2020 5:08 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Doug was such a wonderful person. When he came into mine and James life everything changed for us. He prayed with us and helped keep us on the right path to sobriety. He was there helping when we were baptized and he married us. We loved him dearly. No words can express our sorrow. He was so kind, thoughtful, and strong in his love for all. We will cherish our friendship with Doug. Continued prayers for you all. Mrs. Jane Crisp we love you so much.🙏❤

  4. Bryan Fay
    August 2, 2020 6:53 pm

    Chris, I will miss your dad as a friend and colleague. You and all your family are in my prayers.

  5. David
    August 2, 2020 7:32 pm

    He is going to be missed he married me and my wife and we went to church there and my kids loved him they always went up to the podium when he preched we felt so at home there

  6. Marsha Smiley
    August 2, 2020 7:55 pm

    So very sorry for your loss.

  7. Alana Berry and Isabel and Ava
    August 2, 2020 8:01 pm

    Thinking of all of you during this sad time. We pray God will wrap each of you in His love and strength. We love you very much.

    August 2, 2020 8:33 pm

    The old-timers would say, “We lost a good one.” I didn’t know your dad but can see he left his mark on the world wherever he lived. He died too young.

  9. Rose Lear
    August 2, 2020 8:56 pm

    Doug was a great Dad and Granddad! I know he will be very missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  10. Ed and Becky
    August 2, 2020 11:49 pm

    Becky and I were so sorry to hear, first of his illness then of Dougs death. We spent some great times with your mom and dad back in the day at Woodmont. We were Ordained in the same service along with Al Dietrich and Coach McIntyre ! We will continue to pray for you all!

  11. Nikki Nobles
    August 3, 2020 10:03 am

    Jane so sorry for your loss of Doug.
    He was a wonderful Christian example to others.
    Nikki Nobles

  12. Lonnie Castle
    August 3, 2020 12:15 pm

    Doug was one of a kind! He was always supportive of he ministries at HHBC. Told the worst jokes, so bad, that you had to laugh. Heart was huge, kind, and compassionate. And definitely loved the Lord, his Family, and people in general. Our thoughts and prayers are with you … and we also Celebrate the Life and Legacy of a great man.

  13. Sandy Hobbs
    August 3, 2020 12:52 pm

    We were so very saddened to hear of Doug’s passing.
    He was such a great advisor and I always enjoyed having conversations with Doug. He was a wonderful storyteller and a good man with integrity . He will be missed. Our prayers are with his family. Sandy and Ronnie Hobbs

  14. Martha Wettemann and Jim Powers
    August 3, 2020 2:21 pm

    Jane, we are so sorry to hear about Doug. I hope you are feeling a little better. Doug was always very friendly to us and would always strike up a conversation. He was very active in the community as you were and took everything in stride. I remember the meetings we attended at Chigger Ridge where I met Doug and enjoyed your hospitality. This is truly a terrible disease which must be stopped. We will miss Doug and his cheerful ways.

  15. Elena Roser
    August 3, 2020 3:24 pm

    Jane and family,
    Though I didn’t know Doug, I can only imagine how much he meant to all of you. I pray that the love you shared will bring you comfort and peace.

  16. Binkley Gina
    August 3, 2020 3:33 pm

    I am so very saddened by Doug’s passing. I had not known him for long but he was open, warm and welcoming.
    He was always eager to help and brought a warm energy to the table. Jane-sending you love and condolences. My God continue to send you blessings, healing and peace.

  17. Malcolm Barlow
    August 3, 2020 7:52 pm

    Doug and I were not only friends in high school, but distant cousins,and he recently posted a memory on Facebook of the time we searched for Crawdads in the creek on my Grandfather Bank’s farm. I was a faithful reader of his articles in Mature Living magazine and often shared his advice from those articles with friends and family.

  18. Joni and Jerry Ballard
    August 3, 2020 9:27 pm

    We are so sad about Douglas’ passing. We felt like we knew him as we had the opportunity to know of his wonderful character and caring heart through his sister. Praying for the entire family during this time.

  19. Matt and Valerie Throckmorton
    August 3, 2020 10:50 pm

    God bless!

    Another great person and example has left us.

  20. Jeri and Bob Melton
    August 3, 2020 11:43 pm

    Doug was in Cheatham County Republican Party leadership where we served together. The last thing we talked about was he wanted me to come and fix a problem at his office. I run my own landscaping company and he said I would know what to do. I read the boat and said amen over and over. My husband and I adored him for his integrity and kindness. He was just fun to be with. We will all miss him terribly.

  21. John and Elke McLeroy
    August 4, 2020 6:33 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Doug was a very kind man. He was very intelligent and full of knowledge and he was fun to be around. We will all miss him.

  22. Roy Miles III
    August 4, 2020 8:12 am

    A friend who will be missed by all of us!

  23. Lenda Elmlinger
    August 4, 2020 1:50 pm

    I so enjoyed my many years of working with Doug as a member of the Financial Planning Association of Middle Tennessee… he was beloved by all.

  24. Ron and Debbie Brown
    August 4, 2020 4:20 pm

    We met Doug through his sister, Reba. and were pleased to be at several of his annual Christmas breakfasts for his clients even though we weren’t clients. What a kind gentleman he was! Jane, please know you and your family will be in our constant prayers in the days ahead.

  25. David Walden
    August 4, 2020 5:32 pm

    Doug was always so kind to me at FPA and really enjoyed getting to know him over the years. I always enjoyed our conversations and was in a better mood after I left talking with him. He will be missed!

  26. Nanette Malher
    August 5, 2020 10:08 am

    Doug was one of the kindness men I’ve met in my lifetime. He was not only a storyteller, he was a listener. I appreciate every moment I was able to spend with him. He was a true example of all that God intends for us to be: good, honorable, patient, kind, longsuffering, caring. He possessed the character that leads to true contentment; if only the world could comprehend that truth at this point in history.

    I will never be able to see a $2 bill without thinking of Doug. He was always giving them away, which was the epitome of his mission on this earth. I miss you already, dear man, and always will.

  27. Pattie Hannah
    August 6, 2020 8:17 pm

    My heart goes out to Jane, and the children and grandchildren. Doug leaves a legacy of love, and he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you.

  28. Olivia M. Cloud
    August 7, 2020 11:40 am

    Jane, my heart is with you, even though we’re apart. I’m so so sorry about losing Doug. It’s certainly a loss for all of us whom he blessed and taught how to secure our future….both financially and spiritually. I will always remember that he taught me not to be afraid when the market goes down. “Think of it as buying stock on sale.” I never forgot that. I trusted him completely for financial advice. When you two got together, the circle simply widened and he was lovingly received. He will truly be missed.

  29. Rick and Adrian Johnson
    August 7, 2020 9:40 pm

    Rick and Adrian and our family send our love and prayers!! So sorry the community has also lost such an fine active gentleman! We are always here if you need us!!

  30. Joseph Craig
    August 10, 2020 1:53 pm

    Got to know Doug over the last several years. He is greatly missed. Thanks for your friendship.

  31. Larry Yarborough
    August 10, 2020 2:33 pm

    Doug was an admired man – full of grace and truth. He loved his family dearly. He leaves a lasting legacy of caring for, helping, and serving others. His devotion to Christ aligned with his compassion for the underserved. Praying today for those he loved.

  32. David Moore
    August 12, 2020 9:51 am

    Doug was an awesome example of how to love people unconditionally, which painted a great picture of how our Heavenly Father loves us. May his great example, the memories and legacy he leaves behind, bring peace to each of his loved ones! He leaves a void on this earth no human can fill.

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