Carl Zimmerman

May 25, 1940 ~ October 1, 2018

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

?Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" Proverbs 3:5-6. Mr. Carl Douglas ?Doug" Zimmerman, 78, of Johnson City, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. Doug was a lifelong resident of Johnson City. He is the son of the late Earl and Sue Zimmerman. Doug graduated from University High (formerly known as Training School) in 1958, where he played basketball. He graduated from ETSU in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. While attending ETSU he played on the freshman basketball team and was in ROTC, on the rifle team. He graduated with his master?s and his EDS from ETSU. Doug served in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve for 38 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve in May of 1997. He was in the 82nd Airborne. Doug was retired from Johnson City School System, where he was an Elementary Physical Education teacher for 28 years at various city schools. He also coached at Liberty Bell during the early 1980?s. Doug was very active within the community. He served as music minister at Eastside Baptist Church, Elizabethton in the 1970?s. During his younger years, he was a member of the Johnson City Barbershop. He was also a member of the East Tennessee Rail Association and Watauga Valley Chapter. He was recently awarded for being a 50-year member. Doug had a love for music and playing his trumpet. He was a member of the Johnson City Community Band where he played the trumpet and served on the board. He was in the ETSU Trumpet Ensemble. He fulfilled his dream when he performed at several ITG Conferences on the big stage as a member of the ETSU Trumpet Ensemble. He got to perform with Doc Severinsen. Doug was a member of Central Baptist Church. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School Director, and Orchestra (Selah Brass) Member. Survivors include: his wife of fifty-three years, Gail Zimmerman; two children, Renee Rush, of Johnson City, and Mark Zimmerman and wife Gina, of Gray; five grandchildren, Jordan Collins and husband Preston, Gracesyn Rush, Benji Rush, Megan Zimmerman and Avaree Zimmerman; one sister, SueAnn Schneider and husband Jack, of Sevierville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. The family of Doug Zimmerman will receive friends from 4 PM ? 7 PM, Thursday October 4, 2018, at Central Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 7pm with Dr. Tommy Hood officiating. Active pallbearers will be: Jack Schneider, Todd Schneider, Bill Lambert, Steve Herron, David Hale, Emory Hale and George Winton. The committal service will be conducted at 1:45 PM Friday at the Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:35 PM. In lieu of flowers, family prefers donations to the Johnson City Community Band, P.O. Box 5862, Johnson City, TN 37602 or, in honor of Doug?s love for music.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Gail, Renee, and Mark, We send our love to each and every one of you and family during this, what we know is a very, very difficult time. I’m proud to be part of a huge family where Doug played a huge part in. A great son, husband, and dad, is how he will be remembered. A cool cousin to me a just a great friend to so many. One of my memories is that he loved his trains. On an occasion years ago, I asked questions about my Lionel train set and boy, he sure knew the answers. He was an expert at it. And although I wasn’t fortunate to have heard him play his trumpet in concert or at events, I do know that he was a master musician. What a wonderful gift to share with so many and I know that they were blessed in some way having heard him play. Gail, we pray for you and family to be surrounded with GOD’S own peace and comfort that will get you through this. Having great and loving memories are a blessing. Again, we send our love and prayers to each of you,. Philip, Mary, and Alexandra

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mark, Gina, Megan, & Averee, So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Remember all the memories, laugh a little and cry a little. He is always in your thoughts and in your heart. Hugs & love ya’ll Connie Maden

  3. Anonymous says:

    Went to Training School and played basketball with Doug in the 50s. Good man.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Gail and Family, WOW!! Doug is such a great Christian brother and American patriot. I will miss the laughs that he and I had regarding old times. Doug is certainly one of my heroes, accomplished Boy Scout, 82nd airborne paratrooper, teacher, coach, military officer,dedicated veteran, a man that loved his God and his family. Proverbs 3:5-6 is also my life verse. Doug will live in our hearts forever. We love you guys! Art, Anita, and Family

  5. Anonymous says:

    Gail, Renee, and Mark, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how important Doug was to so many people around the ETSU music community. I knew him as a trumpet studio member and I looked up to him so much over the years as I got to know him. He was always so kind hearted and had a way of gently offering words of great wisdom at times when he knew they were needed. Although I will always miss him, I feel so very blessed to have gotten to spend so much time playing music with him. He will always hold a special place in my heart. -Kelly

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am shocked and saddened to learn of Doug?s passing. I always looked forward to seeing Doug each year at ETSU track meets. I especially enjoyed hearing stories about when Doug and John Wallis were young men growing up on the campus and the ?stuff? the two of them got into. RIP my friend and may the peace of the Lord be with his family.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I was sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.We worked together for many years at the ETSU track meets. I always enjoyed talking with Doug about trains and adventures at ETSU back in the day.He will be missed.My thoughts are with his family.

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