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Obituary for Douglas Owen Ralston

Douglas O. Ralston, age 76, of Cleveland, GA passed away peacefully at home
surrounded by family on Jan. 24, 2024. He was born in Charlottesville, VA on April 25,
1947 to the late CDR Fred O. Ralston US Navy, Ret. and Nelle Burner Ralston. In
addition to his parents, Doug is preceded in death by his sister Donna Ralson Foore.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Brenda Peak Ralston; his devoted
children, daughter, Jennifer Hultquist (Mat) of Greer, SC, and son, Jeffrey O. Ralston
(Sean Bumgarner) of Los Angeles, CA; and his adored grandchildren Mathew Hultquist
(Karlee), Lindsay Hultquist, Jacob Hultquist, and Joshua Hultquist.

Doug served his country honorably in the Navy from 1966-1972. While on active duty
(1968-1970) he embarked the USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 and was awarded 7 combat
and service medals. Soon after his return, Doug graduated from Auburn University
(class of ‘72) and remained an avid Auburn fan throughout his life.

In his professional life, Doug made significant contributions as a manager in various
capacities with Union Carbide, First Brands, and Georgia-Pacific. Known for his strong
leadership and dedication, Doug also ventured into entrepreneurship, successfully
running his own businesses. His work ethic and commitment to excellence left a lasting
impact on colleagues and associates alike.

He enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was taking a drive through the mountains, camping,
or boating on a lake, and cherished the times spent with his family and friends. Doug
shared a deep empathy and love for those who were a part of his life. All who knew him
will miss his outgoing personality, sense of humor, and inquisitive nature, but will always
carry his teachings of faith, hope and love with them forever.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at a later date.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

Habersham Crematory (678-617-2210) of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.