Obituary of Douglas Proffit
On October 4, 2019, Doug Proffit, 75, of Roanoke lost his fight with cancer. He will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Doug was born in Roanoke on September 20, 1944 to Josephine Pratt Proffit and Ernest Munroe Proffit.
Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Sheila Johnson Proffit; son, Travis Bateman (Michelle), of Travelers Rest, SC; son, Peyton Proffit (Courtney), of Greer, SC; brother, Don Proffit (Annette) of Roanoke; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Hal and Lee Johnson of Alexandria, VA.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ethan, Owen, and Justin Bateman; Connor and AnnaPaige Proffitt; two great grandchildren, Jeremiah and Zachariah; niece and nephew, Robin and Thomas Proffit; nephew, Mitch Johnson (Tara, Quincy and Miles); niece, Leslie Johnson (Lukasz and Silas); one very special aunt, Betty Proffit Mann, one very special friend, Peggy Templeton, and many faithful cousins.
In April 1963 Doug enlisted in the Navy. He served as a Yeoman on the Destroyer, the USS John R. Pierce DD753. Doug received an Honorable Discharge as a Yeoman 1st class in October 1969. Following his Navy career, Doug worked for Graybar Electric Company where he remained an award winning employee for 42 years, retiring in 2012. After retirement he worked part time for the Botetourt County Recreation Department and Drug Free Sport/Affordable On Site.
Doug also served as a faithful volunteer for the James River High School athletic department for over 35 years. Although flowers are always greatly appreciated Doug and his family requests that in honor of Doug's great giving spirit, that you offer a donation to James River Highs School Athletics 9906 Springwood Road Buchanan, VA 24066 or to a charity of the donors choice. He loved his James River family so very much.
A celebration of Doug's life will be held 7 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. The Rev. Marina Gopadze will officiate. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 4 - 7 p.m. at Simpson Funeral Home. 366-0707
5160 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24019
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