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Douglas Eugene Cottrell

September 6, 1938 December 31, 2018
Douglas Eugene Cottrell
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Obituary for Douglas Eugene Cottrell

September 6, 1938 ~ December 31, 2018
Douglas Eugene Cottrell, 80, died in Oak Ridge, TN on December 31, 2018. He was born on September 6, 1938 in Knoxville, TN to John and Russell Cottrell. Doug attended school in Oak Ridge, and after high school graduation met and married Corene Ward. They were married for 55 years until her death in February 2013.
In his early twenties, Doug enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served in the tank division. These experiences gave him a lifelong love and respect for the men and women in the armed forces. He was a supporter of the Wounded Warrior project, and on his most recent birthday promoted a fund raiser for them.
Over the years, Doug worked in the automotive industry for multiple companies who provided parts and services to the public, dealerships and the federal government. He also enjoyed bodywork and painting, as well as diagnosing and repairing the mechanical issues of his personal vehicles. And for a period, owned and operated an automotive paint and supply store in Oak Ridge.
Doug was an avid fisherman for many years, and loved to take his family out on the water. Though his health declined in the last few years, he longed to be at the lake casting out spinners and bait to catch one more fish.
He is predeceased by his wife Corene. He is survived by his son Ron Kelley and wife Barbara of Powell, daughter Kathy Mayes and husband David of North Carolina, son Darrell Kelley of Knoxville, grandson Jason Mayes and wife Hyeonsu, grandson Ryan Kelley, granddaughter Lindsay Kelley, grandson Matthew Kelley, former granddaughter-in-law Atressa Burleson and four great grandsons.
Burial services will be held at Oak Ridge Memorial Park on Friday, January 4 at 11 am.
Donations to the Wounded Warrior Project are requested in lieu of flowers. An online guest book may be signed at

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