Douglas Sexton Morelen Obituary
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
October 15, 1941 - January 23, 2016
Douglas Sexton Morelen Obituary
Oct 15, 1941 - Jan 23, 2016
HAMPTON - Douglas "Doug" Sexton Morelen, 75, died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on October 23, 2016. He was born on October 14, 1941, in Washington, D.C. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Burnice and Florence Morelen, his sister, Theresa Northrup, and his daughter, Cynthia Cashwell. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 24 years, Bonnie Morelen; children: Christine Horwatt (Bruce Showman), Douglas Morelen, Jr., Michael Morelen, stepson Michael Kallberg (Lana Hayes); granddaughter, Brittany Chelsea Cashwell; grandson, Mikenzie Brownfield; Jean Guthrie, maternal Grandma of Brittany; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and long-time dear friends. Millie and Nona, his beloved felines, miss him dearly. Doug attended Granby High School and was a member of the "Lost Class of 59" - receiving his actual diploma only a few years ago. He loved America and truly loved members of the military community. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy. Brittany recalls that PaPa loved ice and would call to his favorite waitress (Brittany) to fill his glass full of it. When she served him his food, he always gave her a dollar. He kiddingly asked her if she needed a "Hawaiian Punch," and she would say, "Noooooo, PaPa," and they both laughed! She was his "Little Pies." Doug was an avid golfer and once made a "hole-in-one" at The Woodlands. He was an expert flounder and striper fisherman--filleted fish perfectly, and eagerly shared them with the military. They dubbed him "Mayor of Fort Monroe." He operated a bait and tackle shop there, making sinkers with his fishing pals, and taught Soldiers the proper equipment and method to catch the best fish. His boat, the Bonnie-Britt, docked at Old Point Comfort Marina, carried many a fun group on fishing excursions. Doug was a Master Electrician--using this skill while working for Sperry in Saudi Arabia. He was a Notary Public, and tinkered with woodworking ¿ making impressive name signs and seasonal displays. He enjoyed a myriad of career paths. His "gift of gab" brought him much success as a Used Car Sales Manager at POMOCO. At one time he also owned the L&M Motor Company in Norfolk, and made TV commercials as "Captain Credit" for a car dealership in northern VA. In his younger years, Doug made cars into dune buggies and drove them with his children from Sandbridge to the Outer Banks, even up Penny's Hill in Swan Beach. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m., at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Avenue, Hampton. He will be honored with Masonic Rites - having been a longstanding member of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M, Amelia Lodge No. 101, and Acca Shriners International. The Rev. Dr. Charles D. Bang, Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton, will officiate at the graveside service with a rendering of Military Honors at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, on October 31 at 3 p.m. Pallbearers will be Douglas Morelen, Michael Kallberg, Al Fuller, Bruce Showman, Arnold Kallberg, and Mark Boyd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The family extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the PRAYERS, thoughtfulness, and help provided during this unexpected season in their lives. We have peace knowing Doug is resting safely in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity.
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