Douglas Wade Creel

January 7, 1957May 5, 2019

'Praise The Lord and Go Dawgs'

Douglas "Chip" Wade Creel, age 62, passed away on Sunday ~ May 5, 2019 with his loving and caring family by his side. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and has been a great supporter and fan of their athletic departments. He was a very adventurous, athletic person who loved and played all kinds of sports and was an avid golfer, skier, rafting, tubing and basketball player. Chip was a former Putt-Putt National Champion. He was very competitive and it showed, even in his vegetable garden with his tomatoes. Chip meant the world to his family and enjoyed taking family trips to places like Utah, where they would hike and his family had difficulties keeping up with him. He and his wife Sheila loved to go 'Glamping' in their RV Motor Home and traveling through the United States and sometimes without a plan as to where they were going and when he would veer off the schedule, then he would develop a plan to get them back on schedule. Growing up, he was big into the scouts and his pinnacle was becoming an Eagle Scout. He loved woodworking and was a great craftsman. His latest and greatest accomplishments in woodworking was for his grandson, Maddox, the joy of his life these last few years. He would make toys and bikes that would rock backwards and forwards and many other toys and boxes for Maddox. A man with a great sense of humor, Chip was secure in himself and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 9 years, Sheila Creel; four daughter: Tyrsa Creel and her significant other Maggie Gray of Belmont, North Carolina, Melina DeLeon and husband David of Charlotte, North Carolina, Kyla Creel and her significant other Scott Montes of Gastonia, North Carolina, Stacie Gorman and husband James of Owasso, Oklahoma; one son: Michael Todd Leibfried and significant other Katie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren: Maddox David Deleon, Adeline Hope Deleon; one brother: William "Dru" Creel and wife Thelma of DeRitter, Louisiana; sister in law: Mickey Creel (widow of Rick Creel) of Winston - Salem, North Carolina; former wife and friend: Alicia Krieger and her husband Tim of Norwood, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Doug is the son of the late Billy Ray Creel and Adelyn Lanell Davis Creel. He was also preceded in death by his sister and brother in law, Tarali and James Vanneman along with one brother, Rick Creel.

The family will have a gathering from 2:00 PM ~ 4:00 PM, Saturday ~ May 11, 2019 in Stateroom II at Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, North Carolina.

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to be serving the family of Douglas Wade Creel.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, May 11, 2019


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Gary Anderson

May 11, 2019

My condolences to Doug's family and close friends.
I have to say goodbye to a really great golfing buddy this week.
Doug Creel and I worked together for 5 years 1987 - 1991 at Boeing Louisiana, Inc. in Lake Charles, LA. Doug and I played in Golf Leagues, after work and weekends most of those 5 years. Also, in early 1988 he introduced me to
Putt-Putt Golf and we both played on the local Pro Tour in Lake Charles.
Later we went on several golf vacations the last being in 2003 in Myrtle Beach and North Carolina. 14 rounds in 9 days was a blast.

I hear that you only get Hole-In-Ones in the afterlife Doug!
RIP my very good friend! You are missed!

Namath Bernett

May 9, 2019

I worked with Doug at Triumph Aerospace for 3 to 4 years. He was our tool designer and my favorite guy to work with. He was often looking for ways to help me further my knowledge with Catia modeling help in which he had mastered. He was a good friend, always had something encouraging to say, and I really miss him personally and professionally.

J.D. Stammer

May 9, 2019

I've only known Doug for 4 or 5 years, but it seems like much longer. We met through our golf league at work, and subsequently we became partners on the same team. He was always a tough competitor and I absolutely enjoyed every round I played with him, win or lose. I've always said that if you want to improve your golf game, play with someone that's better than you. Doug certainly made an impact on my game. I'll always remember his famous line, on the occasion he'd hit a bad shot ("You jackass!") He had a great sense of humor, and I'll never forget him.

Debbie Domingue

May 8, 2019

I only knew him by Chip. He was my first friend when we moved across the street from them. He was my first Love. He had a little blue VW Beetle that Dru and I would fight over to sit in the front seat going to school. We remained friends all these years and kept in touch. He was funny, caring, smiling all the time. My regret is that I hadn't talked to him in a while, but thought of him so often. I wish I would have picked up the phone. I'll miss you my friend and will forever love the person you were.

Debbie Robison

May 8, 2019

I remember the first time I met Doug! We were at a place that was having karoke, and he wanted me to sing a song with him, so he sang " On a jet plane" Needless to say he caught me just pretrending I was singing. He started laughing and so did I. And his smile and laugh was very contagious. I Loved going places with this couple. They are true people and True friends.