Doug grew up in Lees Summit and Norwood, Missouri. He attended school in Norwood, as well as being home schooled. He obtained his GED when he was 16.
Doug was united in marriage to Laura Ratterree on June 24, 1994 in Graff, Missouri. They made their home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Shaela McKenzie and Shane Douglas.
He was a very hard worker all his life. He originally started out by working for his dad at their sawmill. He then went to work at Harris Lumber Company. Don Harris always held a special place in his heart because Don helped him obtain his CDL and become a truck driver. Over the years, he drove for Rees (Storm) Trucking, Hanger Lumber Company and Peterson Redi-Mix. In 2009, his dream came true when he bought his own truck and leased on with Oakley Trucking. He enjoyed trucking and everything about it. He loved seeing all the sights and wonders of the world. In all, he traveled through 33 states and touched the hearts and lives of too many people to even count.
His main passion in life was his family and spending as much time with them while he was at home. He enjoyed going to sporting events, band concerts, choir concerts, piano recitals, and dance recitals. He was so proud of his family. In his spare time, he loved woodworking. He also enjoyed antique tractor pulls and participated in them with his Farmall H, Farmall 300, and Farmall Super M, his favorite. Doug and all the Tate family loved to tease each other about who was going to be “stomped in the dirt.”
Doug attended Hopewell Church in Graff and was a deacon there until 2009 when the family moved their membership to First Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove. He had numerous friends at both churches and he loved and enjoyed spending time with each and every one of them.
Besides his grandparents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Joy Ratterree.
He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Walters of their home; his children, Shaela and Shane of the home; his parents, Lee and Ruth Walters of Mtn. Grove; two brothers, Tony Clark and wife Cindy of Shawnee, Kansas, and Brian Walters and wife Amy of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Rebecca Sue Walters of Mtn. Grove; five nieces, Kristi, Stacey, Sherri, Sarah, and Mariah; two nephews, Brian and Aaron; his father-in-law, John Ratterree and wife Brexine of Mtn. Grove; two brothers-in-law, Ed Ratterree and wife Sherri of Graff and Tom Ratterree and wife Carol of Mtn. Grove; a very special friend who always treated him like a member of the Tate family, Nolan Tate and wife Ellen of Cabool, Missouri; and numerous other family members and hundreds of friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. in First Baptist Church, Mtn. Grove, with Rev. Tom Ratterree, Rev. Gene Edwards, and Rev. John Ratterree officiating. The McCunes served as singers. Nancy Doty was church pianist. Song selections were “I’m Safe Now,” “Make Me A Promise,” “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone,” and “As The Deer.” Pallbearers were Curley Rawlings, Terry Tate, Roy Bryant, Randy Deaton, Joe Rogers and Ronnie Ice. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.