My name is Steve Douglas Eubanks II, but I prefer to be called Doug.
My father was Steve Douglas Eubanks who passed away in 2012 and my mother was Marilyn “Lynn” Godwin Eubanks, who passed away in 2004. My father was a machinist who later went on to become a Paramedic for Wilson County. My mother was a nurse who graduated from Watts School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina in 1976. She later worked in Wilson Memorial Hospital (now Wilson Medical Center), in the ICU, IV Therapy and lastly in the Emergency Department.
My paternal grandparents are Julius “Pete” Eubanks, and Martha Hardin Eubanks. They lived in Durham, North Carolina, but moved to Morehead City, North Carolina when I was an adolescent. I was told several times that when he enlisted in the Navy during World War II, that he paid someone that looked like him to pass the Navy swimming test. He never learned to swim.
My maternal grandparents are Maryland Clarence Godwin and Ethel Wheeler Godwin from Kenly, NC. As hard as it is to believe now, my grandfather wasn’t sure how his first name was spelled. When he enlisted in the Army during World War II, they asked him if it was spelled like the state, and he replied “I reckon so!”
I was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1977. I spent the first years of my life on Ruby Street. We had neighbors described as by my mother as two spinster ladies, named Sadie and Maybelle. They would babysit me, but I don’t remember them. The old house on Ruby Street doesn’t exist anymore, it was removed to widen the I-85 exit for Duke Street.
When I was 3, we moved to the small town of Kenly, North Carolina, across the road from my grandparents. My parents bought a very old house, moved it and remodeled it. I spent the next 15 years of my life in this house. I have memories of moving into this house, and my grandfather helping back the U-Haul up to the front steps. When I was 5, my only sibling was born. His name is Patrick Dell Eubanks, he’s named after his great grandfathers.
I attended Glendale Elementary School, just a couple of miles up the country road we lived on. For my fifth grade year, I attended Glendale-Kenly Elementary School. I also attended North Johnston Middle School. In 1995, I graduated from North Johnston High School. Some of the teachers at the high school were teachers when my mother attended the same school, and others were classmates of hers. Now, some of my high school teachers are still there, and others were my classmates.
At the age of 14, I joined Kenly Rescue Squad as a cadet. I took the EMT-Basic class at the age of 17, and passed the North Carolina EMT-Basic exam shortly thereafter. I had to wait 3 months till my 18th birthday for the state to activate my certification. I remember answering EMS calls with my father, and transporting patients to the ER where my mother was working. I also joined Micro Rescue Squad. Both were completely volunteer, and I took great pride in serving my community.
After high school, my first real employer was SIMflex Computers in Wilson, NC. I began in their sister store Megabytes in Parkwood Mall. When Megabytes was closed permanently, I worked at the main office as a computer technician. When SIMflex Computers started SIMflex Communications, a dial-up ISP, I became the Systems Administrator.
Later, I was hired at Bits, Bytes and Pieces, another dial-up ISP in Wilson, NC as the System Administrator. I quickly learned network engineering principles at BBnP.
After Bits, Bytes and Pieces, I decided that I didn’t want to be in the office anymore. I left to accept a position at Mid-South Medical Transport, a convalescent ambulance service in Smithfield, NC. We transported patients to and from various long term nursing facilities in the area. I met my best friend of the last 15 years, after she was assigned as my partner on the ambulance. We really enjoyed the work, even though it was repetitive. In my second year, I was injured lifting a morbidly obese patient. That injury, along with the required surgery and permanent restrictions placed on me by my doctor, ended my career as an EMT.
Luckily, I had a second career to fall back onto. I went back to SIMflex Communications as the Network Engineer. Here, I began to learn LINUX, and migrated many servers from Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 to Red Hat LINUX.
While working at SIMflex Communcations, I met and ended up marrying my ex-wife. The marriage did not last very long.
During the separation, I decided to move and start over. I accepted a contract position at IBM as a Senior Test Engineer in the Storage department of the Super Lab, located in Durham. Here, I learned skills relating to iSCSI and fiber channel SAN storage. This position was very low stress, but very repetitive.
Nearly two years later, I was hired at P4 Performance Management. P4 Performance Management was a managed services company in Raleigh, North Carolina. I enjoyed the work, but the work environment wasn’t great.
Two years later, I accepted my current position at Atlantic Business Technologies, also in Raleigh. I’ve been at Atlantic BT for nearly 4 years, as the Senior Systems Administrator. Working at Atlantic BT is great, and I truly consider it my dream job. The people I work with are intelligent and know their field, the management team is transparent and open, and the technologies and services I interact with are diverse and often cutting edge.
In 2013, I moved to Knightdale, North Carolina, it’s just east of Raleigh. In 2016, I purchased my first home in Knightdale. When I was a small child, Knightdale was a one stop-light town, a suburb of Raleigh. I’m really shocked at how much it’s grown. It still has a small town feel to it, which I’ve come to enjoy the older I get.