Earl Douglas “Doug” Medlin

March 22, 1945 - July 30, 2023

03/22/1945 - 07/30/2023

Earl Douglas Medlin of Hendersonville, NC, returned to his creator on July 30,
2023. He was born in Graham County, the son of the late John Andy Medlin and
Clercy Elizabeth Hubbard Medlin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by his brothers George Medlin, Clark Medlin, Charles Medlin, Dale Medlin, and his sisters, Billie K. Queen and Retha Mae Payne. He is survived by his wife of
52 years, Charlene Jenkins Medlin, his daughter Darby Faron Bowden, son-in-law
Steve, grandchildren Kenan, Elliana, Keira, Alessandra, and his son Christopher
Douglas Medlin, daughter-in-law Heather, grandson Isaac, and granddaughter
Isabella. He is also survived by one sibling, Barbara Craig (Oregon), sisters-in-law
Gloria Medlin (Georgia), Dorothy Medlin (Robbinsville), and a number of nieces
and nephews.

Doug was a proud 1963 graduate of Robbinsville High School. The Graham County
School system prepared him well for pursuing higher education; his parents
prepared him to appreciate and value work. He was drafted into the Army in
December 1965; served two consecutive tours of duty in Vietnam (awarded the
Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile
Forces during the period May 1966 to May 1967). Doug earned his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees from Western Carolina University after returning from Vietnam.
He began a career with Blue Ridge Community College immediately upon
attaining his master’s degree in 1972; at age 48, he returned to college at NC
State University and earned his doctorate degree in Adult and Community College
Education. He happily spent 38 years in various positions with the College, all of
which promoted learning, program development, and attaining resources to
make opportunities available for students to enter the workforce, maintain
employment skills, or continue their pathway to higher education.

A memorial service will be held on August 12, 2023, at 2 PM at Forest Lawn
Funeral Home in Hendersonville, NC., visitation will be from 1 PM until 2PM.  Memorials may be made to the Earl Medlin Endowment at Blue Ridge Community College Foundation, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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Amy Singletary
6 months ago

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have been praying for the whole family as you try to move forward. It was a privilege to teach Chris and Heather and meet Mr. and Mrs. Medlin. May God give you peace and comfort in the coming days. Sincerely, Amy Singletary

Ida B. Rogers
6 months ago

Earl was such a great influence on my life. He encouraged me when everyone else was discouraging. Without his influence I would never have accomplished the things I did in my life. I am sure, having known and worked with Earl for so many years, there are many others who can say the same. So sorry for your loss.

Robert D. Nix
6 months ago

Earl had a big influence on my life. He was head of the business curriculum at Blue Ridge Tech when I was a student there and gave me the encouragement to tough it out when I was a student there from 1975-78 rest in peace sir.

Bruce Arden
6 months ago

Dr. Earl will be missed by his wonderful family and the family at BRCC. We got to know Chris and Earl through projects around their homes, and appreciate the time he spent on his life experiences. Our prayers for comfort go up to the family.

Beth Simpson
6 months ago

My prayers and thoughts are with your family. Earl was one of my instructors at Blue Ridge in 1977-78. I appreciated his ability to explain practical use of advanced business methods as I prepared for my life’s career. I continued to see him as one of the members of the business/administrative advisory committee for several years following graduation. Our surrounding communities have been enriched by his service and teaching.

Karen Luke Jackson
6 months ago

Charlene, Earl was a great friend, trusted colleague, and chamption of Blue Ridge Community College. We bonded when I first came to work at BRCC during a ropes course when I told him that walking the high beam was nothing more than hanging tobacco in a barn! We weathered the doctoral program together and he baled me out of some tough times. I’ll never forget the first year I was at the college hearing a story from one of the students who’d received a scholarship from the Foundation. This veteran shared with me that Earl Medlin had kept food on his table so that he could stay in school! May you and your family take comfort in knowing how many lives Earl touched and that he did what he loved.

Donna & John Crawford, Caroline Heubel
6 months ago

To the family: John and I became acquainted with you through Darby during her high school years. Indeed, Doug worked hard to provide opportunities for students and higher education!
The community owes him a tremendous amount of thanks for his service. Blessings to all of you as you grieve.

Dot and Ted Beddingfield
6 months ago

Dearest Charlene, Christopher, Heather, Darby, Steve and all the grandchildren,
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Psalms 34:18 says, ”
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
We share in your sadness. We are praying for God’s peace and mercy to surround you in the hours, days and weeks ahead.