Born: September 11, 1891, Salem, North Carolina.
Died: December 1, 1956, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, shortly after being elected a bishop in the Moravian church.
Buried: Salem Moravian Graveyard, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Douglas was the son of George Hanes Rights and Emma Louise Jones, and husband of Cecil Leona Burton.
He graduated from the Salem Boys School (1905); the University of North Carolina (AB 1913); the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1915); and the Divinity School of Harvard University (Bachelor of Sacred Theology, 1916).
He was ordained in 1916 and served at the First Moravian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1918, he became an Army chaplain, and in 1919, pastor of the Trinity Moravian Church in Salem, where he stayed the rest of his life.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an archaeological collection named after Rights.