Douglas Carroll Quillen

douglas quillen

October 4, 1923 ~ July 4, 2021

Born in: Roda, Virginia
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Douglas Carroll Quillen, 97, passed away on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 at home in Lawrenceville, GA. He passed peacefully in his sleep while his adoring wife Shirley held his hand talking about their life together.

Doug was born in Roda, VA as the youngest of 7 children. His mother passed away when he was 14 years old and then was sent to Episcopal Boarding School in Lynchburg, VA for a year before being sent to be raised by his sister in Roanoke, VA. Doug grew up in the Great Depression where he learned skills of saving money, making his own toys, and conserving resources. Doug and Shirley met in English class at Jefferson High School, in Roanoke, VA when Doug was 16 and Shirley was 14. Back in high school in the 1930’s, he loved to play tennis, but Shirley couldn’t run fast enough because her legs were too short so they gave that up. He’d ride on the bus from his sister’s house and pick up Shirley and they’d watch a movie at the Grandin Theater. They both fondly remember their courtship. When America entered WWII, Doug was anxious to sign up for the Army Air Force and left school in the 11th grade at age 19. He selected Aviation Mechanic for his service and served our country for 3 years in WWII, travelling in 17 countries, stationed in India, China and Burma. His position was Staff Sergeant where he learned to repair and work on airplane engines, specifically the C-47. Following the war, he returned to Roanoke, Virginia, married his high school sweetheart, Shirley and had two sons, Paul and David. They moved to Miami, FL and lived in Florida for the majority of their lives. Doug was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Sea Scout Ship #537. He was an active member of the Elks Club, and Exalted Ruler from 1990-1991. He held a lifetime career of 29 years with Eastern Airlines as a licensed A&E Mechanic. Doug and Shirley retired in their 50’s and loved travelling in their motorhome around the United States, often with their grandchildren, creating cherished memories. They also travelled to 36 more countries. All together he travelled to all 50 of the United States, 53 countries, and all the way around the world. Doug lived life fully and was loved by all. His smile and a knowing nod let you know you were doing just fine.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Holloway Quillen and Elizabeth Stapleton Quillen and his 6 siblings. He is survived by his precious wife of 75 years, Shirley Taylor Quillen with whom they had two sons, Paul Quillen of Cartersville, GA (dv. Judy Rohlik, m. Lydia Quillen) and David Quillen, of Buckingham, VA. (dv. Sue Miles). They have 6 grandchildren: Amy Warriner (m. Ben Warriner), Jamie Quillen (preceded him in death), Miranda Hoskins (m. Eric Hoskins), Kathryn Richardson, Miles Quillen (m. Autumn DeMet) and Julie Quillen-Scott (m. Bill Scott). They have 9 great-grandchildren: William Warriner, Erick Figueras, Elise Figueras, Aiden Richardson, Carter Richardson, Zane Hoskins, Zoe Hoskins, Evie Hoskins, and Evan Hoskins. Through Paul’s second marriage, they have also been blessed with granddaughters Dorrie Armstrong, Kathy Martin (m. Jack Martin), grandchildren, Amber McClure, Derek Armstrong, Blake Armstrong (m. Virdi Armstrong), Heath Martin, Lauren Johnson (m. Jacob Johnson), Connor Armstrong (m. Casey Armstrong), Ashley Turner (m. Jon Turner) and great-grandchildren: Madelyn McClure and Patrick McClure.

A private viewing for the bereaved family will be held Wednesday, July 7th from 2-3 pm at Wages & Sons, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville Ga 30046. The military service and interment will be conducted at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr, Canton, GA 30114, honoring Doug’s service in WWII on Monday, July 26th at 1 pm.

Flowers can be sent to Shirley Quillen at 3100 Club Drive, #232, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.


Graveside Service: July 26, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Scott Hudgens Dr.
Canton, GA 30114


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  1. CandleImageI will remember Doug as a fun, caring great grandfather not only to his own grandchildren but to their friends as well.

  2. CandleImageI met Mom and Pop in 1974 when they came to meet me as the soon to be daughter-in-Law. One of the first question to me was if I wanted children. I told them four and they were delighted. They are considered as my parents as I did more time with them and the kids. Pop was so skillful at everything. I loved working beside him getting the tools he needed. I love you Pop❤️❤️❤️

  3. CandleImageGrandpa, you raised me right with morals, values and the order of school, marriage and family. You taught me how to fix things and think creatively. You loved and emotionally supported me through all of life and were always there for me and my sisters. When you laughed, all laughed with you. My favorite habit of yours was when you’d shown me something and explained why, then you’d nod and point to your temple, smile and wink. Always teaching me to be smart. You could fix anything and customized everything. When you held my hand I felt comforted, even when I was trying to there for you. You loved to travel and share your memories and anecdotes of your trips and I loved to listen to them. I am so grateful to have you as my grandpa and my children’s great-grandpa. I miss you terribly.

  4. CandleImageDee Adams
    I met Mr Quillen January 2020 as his Caregiver. He welcome me with a smile, and told me to call him Doug. We connected right away as we talked about why I was there just to say it was a meet and greet. My first day on the job I prepared him a 4star breakfast, and it was on after that day, no one else could compare.I can really say he loved his Hot Grits and crispy Bacon. As time went on I was more than his Caregiver,he was my extended family.I would often express to him, he had a good Heart, and he would just smile. I am truly going to miss him, a man with integrity and wisdom. Doug I am going to miss you, as I know you are now at your Heavenly Home with your Wings

    • Dee, thank you for your kind words and heart. We so very much appreciate you! Thank you for making sure he was well cared for as our family had peace of mind knowing you were with them. They grew to love you and refused anyone else over you. You helped him in more ways than caretaker. You tended to his soul. Praise the Lord for that!! May God bless you in your ministry. Hugs my sweet sister in the Lord.

  5. I have vivid memories of Pop and I overhauling engines, painting a car, making kitchen cabinets, doubling the size of our house in Miami, and in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts.

    Here’s a video I made of Pop a few years ago, describing his childhood through World War 2. I was asked to make this video of Pop for a WW2 project of the Library of Congress.
    Watch it at paulquillen dot com

  6. I knew Mr. Quillen from Sea Scouts in the early 60 and Paul, his son and I have kept in touch for many years later. Mr. Doug was a wiz with engines and any thing mechanical. I still rember his Jeepster with a smile. RIP Mr. Doug.

  7. CandleImageWhat a beautiful, long life he lived. Pops was such an interesting person to talk with. I remember asking him once what his #1 piece of advice for a happy, healthy marriage was and he stated that giving grace at all times was the foundation for a happy marriage.

    I’ve never forgotten that piece of advice through the years. RIP Pops ????

  8. I have many fond memories of Great Grandpa, especially when we got to go visit in Helen. It was always a great time around him due to his good spirit and incredible sense of humor. One thing he told us, which I never forgot, was that he didn’t want people to be sad when he passed away.. Instead he wanted us to have a cookout and get together to celebrate. I guess you could say he got what he wanted having passed on a day of celebration on the 4th of July. His life is certainly one to be celebrated.

  9. We did not know Mr Quillen, but know Paul, his son and know him to be a very Special man and if his dad was anything like him, he had to be great. We send our love and prayers to the family at this time of great loss! ????????????????????????

  10. CandleImageUncle Doug. My very favorite uncle! Always creating something amazing or connecting to people through telling his stories or learning theirs. Always ready to help. When he said that Dee made a great breakfast, she received the highest compliment from someone who knows a few things about making a great breakfast! The very heart of my beautiful Aunt Shirley. My mother was Shirley’s only sister and to Uncle Doug, we were just as much family as his own flesh and blood. Throughout my life, Uncle Doug and Aunt Shirley have been a central constant of love and support in my life.

  11. To a wonderful Uncle that was kind and talented. Carroll as we called him or Peach was very special to my family. My mother was his oldest sister and our home became the family gathering place. Wonderful way to grow up. Aunts, Uncles and cousins always around. The Quillens love my Dad (Patton Tucker) as my Dad loved them. I was named after Carroll (spelling my middle name Carroll nor Carol)
    Just happen to see on facebook that your Dad died in July You will miss him but, you have lots of great memories. He will join his sisters and brothers along with his mother and Dad. I miss them all, wonderful that I got to know all of them and we had some great family times.
    We were all blessed to have Carroll in our lives. You will always be in our hearts

  12. I miss my Grandpa. He was such a positive wonderful part of my childhood. I will never be able to express how much I appreciated him stepping up and helping to raise me. Teaching me everything I knew. Of course he couldn’t have been that without his other half, Grandma, being her fabulous and caring self all the time. Ugh I miss them!!!

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