Mr. Douglas Alan Shanklin

July 12, 1951 – March 13, 2020

Mr. Douglas Alan Shanklin, age 68, of Mentone, AL passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Erlanger Hospital. Doug was born in South Bend, IN on July 12, 1951. Doug served in United States Marine Corps and was retired as a car dealership finance manager.

He is survived by:

Sons: Christian Shanklin & Stephen Shanklin

Grandson: Adam Shanklin

Special Friend: Darlys Smith

Brother: Gary Shanklin


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Date of Funeral: The Family will have a Memorial Service at a later date. For more details please contact Steve Shanklin (

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9 entries.
Dan Gerken from Irvine CA wrote on June 12, 2021 at 3:10 pm
Doug and I met and became friends at the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) in Athens, GA in 1974. We were both officers (lieutenants) in the US Marine Corps at the time. Doug was a big man in so many ways—- a large, happy personality, and a fit, towering physical presence that filled a room. Not to mention that any young woman in his orbit (the University of Georgia and its coeds were right next door to the NSCS) could be easily attracted to the affable, kind, good-looking blonde haired stud that he was. After playing much beginner’s regulation golf together and spending a minimal, but sufficient amount of time studying, we graduated NSCS. Next, we were able to spend a few more months together at the same duty station (Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California) before Doug shipped out for a year in Japan, I think. He asked me to take care of his beautiful, but mechanically unreliable Jaguar XKE convertible, sports car, while he was gone. That decision may have been an error in judgement on his part. Indeed, that jag of Doug’s had some stories to tell. Nevertheless, we lost touch after his return from Japan. To this day, however, I recall his love for the Marine Corps and his love of the Lord. My heartfelt condolences go out to Doug’s family.
Joni Whetzel from Albany, IN wrote on March 22, 2020 at 6:12 pm
Christian and Stephen,
I’m very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you always. You two, and Adam were your dads everything! Keep the faith.
With sympathy and love,
Brenda cropper pauley wrote on March 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm
Christian and Stephen, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the family. Much love, Brenda
Sharon Rutledge Johnson from Temple wrote on March 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm
So sorry for your loss. The Lord will see you all thru this. Have faith in God. 🙏

Cathy Brown from La Porte wrote on March 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.
Cherie Gray from Rainsville wrote on March 21, 2020 at 1:47 pm
You and your boys are in our prayers at this time of grief. So sorry to hear of this loss for you all.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Much love to you all.
Brenda Stringer from Fort Payne wrote on March 21, 2020 at 7:26 am
Praying for you sweet cousins as you go through this difficult time. Love you all!❤️
Jennifer R. Manning from VALLEY HEAD wrote on March 19, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Doug was one of the most genuine people I know. He will be missed dearly. Love and prayers go out to everyone who knew him.
Therese Cox from Mentone wrote on March 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm
He was a great guy always so nice to me. I'll miss our little chats.

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