Douglas “Doug” Pittman Speight, age 86, of Scotland Neck, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, NC, surrounded by his family.
Doug was born on March 24, 1934 to Junious and Hilda Cherry Speight in a rural farmhouse in Hobgood as a 11 lb 4 oz baby which contributed to his unique special little arm. He married the love of his life, Gertrude “Trudy” Staton on September 29, 1957 and they enjoyed 58 years together prior to her death in 2016. Doug was devoted to his family. He was extra proud of his grandchildren and love to tell others about them and their accomplishments. Doug was very community minded. He was an devoted member of the Scotland Neck United Methodist Church and served on the Scotland Neck Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Volunteer Fire Department. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Hobgood Historic Community Church (Facebook Link). As a devoted Mason, he supported the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford. He was happiest behind the camera and as a result, had the privilege of capturing many family events, weddings and community events. Doug was a talented, award-winning photographer and owner of Photographix by Doug, with award recognition as recent as August of this year. Doug’s outgoing personality made him a great conversationalist with family, friends and total strangers on any topic. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Junious and Hilda Speight and his wife, Trudy.
He is survived by his daughter, Edy Speight Abshire and her husband, Les of Wake Forest; a son, Brian Douglas Speight and his wife, Anna of Wake Forest; three granddaughters, Claire Staton Abshire, Olivia Irene and Ava Louise Speight; three grandsons, Joshua Curtis and Coleman Allan Abshire, and Jakob Douglas Speight; and a sister-in-law, Pat Winslow.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, and texts during Doug’s illness. Special thanks to the outstanding staff at the Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Intensive Care Unit for their exceptional care, love and support during the last four weeks.
Friends are invited to visit Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Services on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 between the hours of 10:00AM to 7:00PM to pay their respects. Due to the unprecedented COVID circumstances and the impact felt by the family, this time is for the community to pay their respects, but the family will not be present. Instead, the family plans to have a Celebration of Life Gathering for Doug at Sylvan Heights Bird Park at a later date.
Due to COVID, the funeral service will be a private family event. However, a tribute video will be shared.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Hobgood Historic Community Church, c/o Hobgood Revitalization Committee, PO Box 444, Hobgood, NC 27843 or online by clicking here, or to Scotland Neck United Methodist Church, PO Box 401, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here.
Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Speight family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com.