Robert Douglas Hite, former resident of Raider Ranch in Lubbock, TX, born September 16, 1954 at Nellis Air Force Base to Lt. Kennith F. Hite (formerly of Earth, Texas) and Margaret F. Hite (formerly of New York City) passed away June 15, 2022 with family by his side.
We are blessed with so many memories. Doug enthusiastically embraced each location our Air Force family was stationed from Colorado to Alabama, Okinawa, Hawaii, Germany, and Virginia. He attended Texas Tech before launching into his career.
As his mother recalls, as soon as Robert Douglas recognized what an automobile was, he became fascinated. As a young man he could give the specifications of every car that came off the production line. And indeed, cars ultimately became his life's vocation. His enthusiasm, communication skills, loyalty, high standards, and strong work ethic fueled his purpose over the years in car sales business in Lubbock and Austin, culminating in opening his own car business.
As cars were his vocation, landscaping became his avocation. His talent was apparent in the pride and joy he took caring for the family land growing up, and later his own. During the last two years of his life after illness struck, Robert Douglas shared a home with his mother. His knack for promoting growth of plants and flowers stood him in good stead as he cultivated their garden, keeping his mother in flowers, particularly carnations. He delighted in making her happy, caring for her, preparing three course meals, and traveling to resorts in Mexico together. As he said, "Mom and I just clicked."
Robert Douglas believed in living life to the fullest, enjoying hunting, boating, wake boarding, and skiing moguls like a pro. He loved vacationing on cruise ships, spending time with friends, attending and hosting family reunions, and participating in Doolittle Raider celebrations. His remarkable sense of humor and one liners always cracked people up. His warm hospitality, kindness, generosity, and pride in his Texas and military family heritage are legendary among friends and family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Colonel Kennith F. Hite, USAF; his uncle, Doolittle Raider, Robert L. Hite; his nephew, Chris Slagle; and cousins, Avon Flaniken, Bob Bryant, Ken Ricketts, and Danny McGurl.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret Hite of Lubbock; sisters, Suzanne Hite, MD of Houston, and Holly Hite Begeal (Jim) of Clifton; aunt Hazel Hite Ricketts; Uncle Gilbert McGurl; niece, Heather Slagle; great nieces, Jacelynn and Heidi; great nephew, Chris, and many cousins.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 25, 2022, 9:00A.M. - 11:00A.M. at Combest Family Memorial Chapel, 2210 Broadway Street, Lubbock, TX followed by a graveside service at 1:00P.M. at Earth Memorial Cemetery, where his paternal grandparents, Robert Parks Hite and Lena Attaway Hite, and great grandparents, S.E. Hite and Claudie Jane Price Hite, early Lamb County Settlers, are buried. Pastor Jackie Gestes of First Baptist Church of Earth will preside. All are welcome to attend.
We thank his physicians, nurses, aides and hospice for their exceptional care through his last earthly journey. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock, TX 79410.