Fay J. Douglas
Sep 1, 2011
Fay J. \"Jack\" Douglas
Sept. 1, 2011
Fay J. \"Jack\" Douglas, 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.
He was born in Mt. Auburn, Ill., on Oct. 20, 1921, to the late Margaret E. Morey and the late Fay Parker Douglas. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Verdetta J. Bowman; and three brothers, Verlyn D. Burnett, formerly of Mt. Zion, Ill., the Rev. Robert D. Burnett, formerly of Athens, and Lee Allen Burnett, formerly of Decatur, Ill.
He left Illinois in 1940 and lived in Pontiac, Mich., briefly before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served 42 months in the Pacific Theatre in the Engineer Corps during World War II. After returning home, he was employed by the City of Pontiac, Mich., as a fireman. He retired as captain after 29 years and three months of service. While in that capacity, he became president of the Pontiac Fire Fighters Association Local 376, then went on to be president of the Oakland County AFL-CIO, which included 111 Union Locals.
He represented District 4 on the Pontiac City Commission for five years, followed by serving four years on the Oakland County Commission. Committees he served on during those years covered a wide range of interests, including serving as vice-chair of the Manpower Study Commission and serving on the Local and Regional Affairs and Personnel Practices and Zoning committees, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, as a volunteer in Oakland County Vocational Schools, on the Michigan League for Human Services, volunteering with Toys for Tots at Christmas, serving with the Wheelchair Acquisition Program for the Needy, working as a counselor in the Owen Elementary School Camping Program, volunteering with Boy Scouts of America and the Pontiac Silverdome Development in 1975.
He was an avid softball player in his younger years, having played with General Motors and Shaw\'s Jewelers teams. Throughout those \"work\" years, he and his wife, Wilma, were actively involved in their church, Marimont Baptist Church. He served on various committees, was a Sunday school teacher, a deacon and was responsible for the weekly visitation ministry of the church.
In 1990, he and Wilma moved to Clarksville, Ill., where they resided for 10 years. Their next move brought them to Athens, where they have since made their home. He was an active member of East Athens Baptist Church for 10 years, and was a charter member of Genesis Baptist Church of Athens.
He was a loving and devoted husband and father; always ready for a laugh and a greeting. He never met a stranger and never passed up an opportunity to witness for Jesus.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Wilma M. Douglas; one daughter, Kathleen Faye King of Athens; one brother and sister-in-law, Delbert E. and Maryann Burnett of Pontiac, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Barbara Burnett of Mt. Zion, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Dr. Johnnie Carter and his staff, the caregivers at Athens Regional Medical Center, NHC, Amedisys Home Health, Home Health Care of East Tennessee/Hospice and to Kim at Angelic Home Assistance. Also, a special thank you to our pastor, Pete Mullins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southern Baptist North American Missions, the building find at Genesis Baptist Church or to Gideons International. Donations may be made through Genesis Baptist Church. Envelopes are available.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Athens.