Let the memory of Derek be with us forever

Derek Anthony Carlington went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2018.  He leaves behind to celebrate his life parents David and Peggy (Kuban) Carlington, his brother Jay Carlington and spouse Emily Loftiss, a loving girlfriend Amanda Thomas, and a large extended family. 

 Derek was born on January 8, 1982 at Brookwood Hospital and grew up in Hoover, AL.  A talented musician, Derek’s passion was on display in a variety of instruments – initially playing drums before mastering the bass guitar.  He pursued his interest at Full Sail University where he received a degree in Audio Engineering.  His witty sense of humor and caring heart had a profound impact on the lives he touched as a civilian and as a Police Officer that will never be forgotten. 

 There will be a private ceremony for the family before Derek is laid to rest at the Columbarium at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.  A Celebration of Life reception will follow in the next few months.

 In lieu of flowers, we know Derek would appreciate donations in his memory to the charity of your choosing that benefits children or animals.  The family would also like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to the men and women of law enforcement for their tireless efforts.


Posted by Diane Carlington on 3rd August 2018
Dear Dave, Peggy, Jay/Emily and Amanda, No words can express the heart ache of your loss. God Bless you all. Derek has a huge heart and loving soul. I will miss you forever Derek. Love you, Aunt Diane
Posted by Patsy Dobbs on 27th July 2018
It has been many years but never far in our thoughts and fond memories. When I heard about Deke... when I started thinking about all the great times as the kids were growing up, one memory popped up about him. Remember when his nose turned blue. I think we lovingly called him a smurf. Such a sweet and loving child. I know your all were so proud of him. My heart aches for the pain you must be going through. Know that we are lifting you in our prayers now and in the days to come. Much love to all of you. John and Patsy
Posted by Barbara McCollum on 24th July 2018
David & Peggy, My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. My heart aches for Derek. He has many friends that miss him greatly. Hold on to the good memories & his wonderful smile! Sincerely, Barbara MCCollum
Posted by Jay Douglas on 24th July 2018
Derek and I knew each other from our Sepsis band days from the mid 2000s. I think the world of music lost a true prodigy. Derek had such a great understanding of composing, performance, and teaching music. I am so very sorry that he has left this world. He will truly be missed.
Posted by Debbie Kollar on 24th July 2018
Dave and Peggy. There are no words to express how I feel for your lost. My prays are going to you both and the family. God speed Sending my love
Posted by Coby Pfeiffer on 24th July 2018
Just wanted to say you were a Great neighbor, and Avery and I loved feeding the fish and I laugh about the day we cut down that tree! So sorry your gone, I still haven’t told Ave as I’m not quite sure how to tell her! Rest In Peace my Friend! See u on the other side!
Posted by Gina Coggins on 24th July 2018
What can I say.. We love you Derek. Your funny imitations and your sharp sense of humor. Always laughing with me or sometimes at me.... the way you had patience with the kids. They all adore you too... I'll miss our talks about music, art, or my silly ghost shows... such a big heart! You touched so many people. To know you was to love you.. we will all be together again....
Posted by Stephanie Phillips on 24th July 2018
I would like to send my thoughts and prays to Derek's family and Amanda Thomas. He was a fun loving guy that will be truly missed.
Posted by Rhonda Leathers on 24th July 2018
Amanda, just remember, it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. Praying for you and the Carlington family.
Posted by Dorothy Reid on 24th July 2018
God has a special plan for you. We love you Derek and you will be missed. Please know that you left your mark in this life. We pray for your wonderful family to endure your absence from this physical life.
Posted by David Anchors on 24th July 2018
I never knew or met Derek, but when I heard that he had been missing, both my wife and I prayed to God for his safe return and prayed for both his parents and love ones. It saddens my heart to hear of his passing, and may God comfort you and your family. Remember that God Will Not Waist Your Pain!
Posted by Nathaniel Parker on 24th July 2018
My family is praying for you! You and your family have been there for so many people when they’ve needed help. I hope you and your family know that there are countless people praying for you and are ready to be there for you!

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