Doug and Miles McCombs jamming at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, Georgia
Ronald Douglas McCombs
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 20, 1963
  • Place of birth:
    Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 4, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
When I'm sad, Doug comes to me, With a thousand smiles he gives to me free. It's alright, it's alright. He says it's alright, Take anything you want from me, Anything. Fly on little wing.

Ronald Douglas McCombs is the youngest son of Van Kirk McCombs and Sarah Edna Carson. He was born on February 20, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. During the next fifty-two years he lived in Alabama, Florida, Virginia, Germany, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He completed three years in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, before moving to Atlanta to begin his career as a musician.

He quickly distinguished himself as one of the most gifted and versatile guitarists in the city, recording and touring with the bands Fear Glory, Texas Crude, Gracie Moon, and the Tone Brothers. Every note he plays, Doug plays with a tender ferocity and righteous tone awash with generosity and soul and truth. He could truly stand up next to a mountain, and chop it down with the edge of his guitar.

But he is so much more than that. If you need someone to teach you how to play the guitar, call Doug. If you need someone to repair your electronics or musical equipment, call Doug. If you need someone to manage your law firm’s office and client files, call Doug. If you need someone to provide design and customer support for your software company, call Doug. If you need someone to take care of you when you are sick or afraid, call Doug. He will do each of these things with humility, dedication, compassion, and grace. And he will always make you laugh.

Although he has lived the touring musician life for over thirty years, the closest Doug comes to rock star excess is Fat Matt's Rib Shack and Mississippi sweet tea. He will also gladly lay waste to a double order of Cracker Barrel biscuits and gravy.

Doug doesn’t care about owning stuff. If he can’t fit it into his truck, he doesn’t need it. If you need something he has, he doesn't need it. He shares his light and love cheerfully and unconditionally. He is a benevolent son, selfless brother, inspiring uncle, and loyal friend.

Most importantly, he is a fiercely devoted and nurturing father. For the past twenty years, he has given every atom of his heart and soul to his beloved Miles Vaughan. He glows with pride and delight in celebrating Miles' intelligence, wit, creativity, and talent. He aches when they are apart. He exults when they are together. He loves Miles with a joy and tenderness that illuminate every moment of their life together.

Doug is survived by his mother, Sarah Carson, his brothers, Van Kirk McCombs II and Mark Alan McCombs, his nephews, Mark Douglas McCombs and Kevin Doyle McCombs, and his son, Miles Vaughan McCombs. In lieu of flowers, it was Doug’s hope that donations would be made to his nephew Mark Douglas’ nonprofit organization,


established to provide mentorship and support to competitive FIRST robotics programs in North Florida.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Burnette Jackson on 2nd December 2015

"I send a belated condolence to the family and friends of your loss."

This tribute was added by Sherrie Davidson on 20th November 2015

"Thank you for your generous gift of time and kindness.  Although we never met in person, I miss you."

This tribute was added by Bonnie McLain on 19th November 2015

"He was so helpful to me with Monogram Wizard problems... So patient and kind.. He will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Barbara Underwood on 19th November 2015

"We never met but you made my day by your caring, thoughtful manner. You are gone too soon but may you rest in God's arms ."

This tribute was added by Angela Burke on 19th November 2015

"Doug, I miss our daily messages to each other, you could always make me laugh even on my saddest days, thanks for your friendship..until we meet again! You will be forever in my heart!"

This tribute was added by Angel Langston on 18th November 2015

"I sure do miss you, Dougie.  <3"

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