In Memory

David Richard Lang

David Richard Lang was born on 26 May 1956 in Ohio. He migrated to Huntsville with his parents early on and graduated with us in 1974. Following graduation he attended the University of North Alabama in Florence and attained a degree in Marketing and Computer Sciences & Technology. While studying at the university he became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. It was during this time that he met his "soul mate" Ms. Kelly McAvin (Huntsville High School class of 77) and fell in love. According to Kelly - who shared the story by phone, they were both dating each other's friends and both got dumped at the same time. Thus "simultaneously" undistracted, they found each other in a match meant to be.  David and Kelly married in 1980. Around 1988 his work took them to Suwanee, Georgia. 

Settling in, David and Kelly had two daughters, Sarah and Caitlin, both now married, and one of whom has also produced grandson John Patrick. David's primary loves in his life were his wife, children and music. Some of us may remember that David was a guitar player in high school. His passion for music never left him and he continued to play guitar on the side and in association with local theater productions his entire life. He specialized in "Dobro" style guitar music.

Tragically - David passed away in his sleep of a massive unexpected heart attack on 10 December 2013. He had no known health issues at the time so his loss was a surprise. He was just 57 years old. His family did not publish an obituary for David.

If anyone would like to add to David's story - please do. His wife Kelly would like to hear from any of David's friends.

J.D. Webster

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07/06/14 01:17 PM #1    

J. D. Webster

"Dobro" - A dobro is an acoustic guitar with a metal resonator built into its body. This resonator serves as an amplifier. In contrast to acoustic guitars, the placement of the resonator takes place of the sound hole. Therefore the shape of the guitar doesn’t tend to have an affect on how the dobro’s sound is amplified.

The dobro was invented by John Dopyera in the early 1930s. Dopyera and his brother struck out in the late 20s in search of a way to create a louder guitar. The brothers called their new company Dobro, which meant “good” in their native language.


Kelly Lang, David's wife would love to hear from any of David's high school friends. She can be found on "Facebook" as Kelly Lang ( and her email is

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