June 28, 1949 ~ February 6, 2022
Born in: Atlanta , Georgia
Resided in: Avondale Estates, Georgia
William Douglas (Doug) Chafin
Doug Chafin, age 72, of Avondale Estates, GA, died peacefully Sunday, February 6, 2022. His wife of 50 years was by his side.
Doug met his wife, Bonnie Keaton Chafin, at Avondale High School one year before graduating in 1967.
He served in the US Army and was stationed in Alaska. After his discharge Doug worked for Roadway Express for 32 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the American Legion Post 66, where he worked on several committees through the years, and was voted Legionnaire of the Year in 1997.
Doug was a collector of all kinds of memorabilia and loved to go “junking,” often picking up treasures from the side of the road and selling them to consignment shops. He loved spending a day picking through items at Lakewood Fairgrounds and Scott’s Antique Market. Favorite finds included license plates, Coca Cola collectibles, yearbooks, yardsticks, pocketknives, keychains and cigarette lighters. Items with advertisements from businesses long gone were most prized.
Being an avid car-lover, Doug bought and sold many classic cars throughout his life. Most of all he enjoyed time with his daughter and grandchildren.
Doug is preceded in death by his father, Willie Hugh Chafin, Sr.; his mother, Margie Chafin Ashby; his brother Hugh Chafin; and his stepfather, John T. Ashby. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Amy Chafin Howard (Todd); two grandchildren, Joshua and Emily; niece, Michele Chafin; sister-in-law, Nancy Bingham; nieces, Beth Bingham and Katie Bingham Pedroza (Joe); great niece and nephew, Ainsley and Clive. Doug leaves behind many relatives and friends whom he loved dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Doug’s memory to the American Legion, Post 66, 30 Covington Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002.
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