January 20, 1950 ~ February 27, 2023
Born in: Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina
Douglas “Doug” Rogers Fleming, 73, of Asheville, NC died after a long battle with prostate cancer on February 27, 2023 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center, in Asheville.
Born on January 20, 1950 in Atlanta, GA, he was the devoted husband of Suzanne (Gray) Fleming of Asheville, and the son of the late Joe Clarence and Thelma (Pope) Fleming. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Vivian Fleming.
Doug lived the majority of his life in Columbia, SC. He worked for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for 33 years, where he held various executive positions. He was a University of Georgia graduate, and an avid Bulldog fan. Doug cared deeply for his family, especially his 3 grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by a son, Andy Fleming (Lori) of Asheville; a daughter, Ginger Van Vooren of Columbia, SC; three grandchildren: Austin and Kyla Fleming, and Carter Van Vooren; two brothers: Gary Fleming (Sandy) and Brian Fleming (Susan); a sister, Karen Newsome (the late James Newsome), all of GA; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loving Food Resources at Loving Food.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.
Prayers with you during this time of loss. My sympathy is with you.
Forty-three years ago our three year old sons brought us together. What a grand adventure it has been…. Birthdays, little league baseball, cookouts at home and evenings out, Disney World, kindred politics , fine wines, and most of all the laughter. Doug possessed such a genuine sense of humor and endearing laugh. His love of family was a constant and his friendship was a treasure. Love, Lois and Gene
Thoughts and prayers are with the whole family and friends now. Y’all were always a welcoming and loving family to me. I love y’all…and I’ll always remember the great times we had at y’all’s house in Columbia. My heart is with y’all at this time.
Tom and Kim Wilson, our prayers are sent for you and your family 🙏🌹
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your love for your Dad twinkled in your eyes when you spoke of him. Our hearts and prayers will remain with you throughout the days to come. We love you.
Sending thoughts and prayers!
Forever Remembered, Forever Missed, Forever Loved
Sending love and prayers for all of the family.
May the God who binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn sustain and surround you until you meet again. Psalm 147:3
Lisa and Glenn Shoemaker
I’m very sorry hear of Doug’s passing. I know he will be missed. Sending prayers to his family.
My deepest sympathy to a wonderful family. 💕 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
I have known Doug since 1990 when my son and I moved to Columbia. They welcomed me into their family and we shared many happy and fun times over the years.He was a devoted husband , father , grandfather and friend. Rest in peace Doug!
Suzanne, Andy and Ginger, I am so very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. My prayers are with you all as you grieve. I have wonderful memories of Doug from meeting him in the club room on Glen Eagles Ct to visiting in Columbia. His smile and laughter were contagious! He was such a gentle soul and will be missed by many. Much love to you all.
Rest in Peace Doug. Our thoughts are with Andy, Ginger, Suzanne and their families. I will always appreciate and remember growing up shooting hoops and talking smack in Doug’s driveway with Andy and Brian and the countless others that would come by to play hoops, wiffle ball, flash light tag etc etc. From paying his son, nephew and friend for ‘raking’ his yard, to giving me a rides to school everyday I will always remember him. I would not be the person that I am today if it were not for the safe space that Doug and Suzanne created which allowed me to spend countless hours in and around their home, drinking their yahoos and gatorades.
Love y’all – Eric, Lindy, Maylen, Gage and Juliet.
I knew Doug from work at BCBS. He always had a smile and was a very nice,kind man. Prayers for his family.
Doug was my best friend in elementary and high school, We did so many things together (same classes), sports, scouts, We graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School together. He was truly a good friend from a fine family. Doug was a class guy and he had a good influence on me. I hope the best for all of his family members. I know that he is in heaven and I hope to have a reunion with him in the future.