January 29, 1934 – April 29, 2020
James G. (Jerry) Douglas, 86, passed away peacefully April 29, 2020 at his residence in Flowery Branch, Georgia surrounded by his three children.
A son of Muncie, Indiana, where he lived for over 83 years, Jerry was born January 29, 1934. He was the youngest of six children and attended St. Lawrence Elementary, McKinley Junior High, graduating Muncie Central High School in 1952.
Jerry was a member of the 1951 state champion basketball team at Muncie Central, where he also played football and ran track. He grew up playing baseball and later fast-pitch softball. He retired a Muncie City Fireman, worked many years at Magic City Beverage and was co-owner of Ideal Package Store on South Macedonia Avenue. He is an Army veteran, member of Muncie Fire Fighters Local 1348, Teamsters Local 135, the YMCA and a forty-one year member of the Muncie Elks.
He loved playing golf with friends and family and went on several golf trips over the years. A life-long loyal Democrat, he will be remembered for his love and pride of family, speaking his mind, sense of humor, ease in talking to strangers, recalling memories, countless good times with friends and trading barbs. When reflecting about anything associated with the city of Muncie, Jerry would often say, "That's life in River City".
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Douglas and Ola (Collins) Douglas; four sisters, Elizabeth Cox, Laura Ellis, Marian Wade, Joanna Whitcomb, and one brother in infancy, Joseph Douglas.
Surviving are one daughter, Darcy Douglas of Flowery Branch, GA; two sons, Kevin Douglas (Jennifer) of Sylvania, OH and Kirk Douglas of Flowery Branch, GA.
*A most special thank you to Darcy for the loving care and home with which she blessed Dad during the waning years of his life.
Family and friends may call Saturday, June 20, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Elm Ridge Mausoleum North Chapel, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Hospital, 3091 East 98th Street, #240, Indianapolis, Indiana 46280
Online condolences can be sent to the family at: www.elmridgefuneralhome.com
Saturday, June 20, 2020
June 20, 2020
You always knew if you were Dougie’s friend because he would say something to make you feel Special. He was a very proud man and fun to hang out with at the Oasis. Everyone will always remember his spicy bean soup he would bring to the carry ins. There was never any question how he felt about anything especially his love for his children . My condolences to the family.
June 18, 2020
Jerry and I were horse race pals for many years. We loved playing the ponies. Our late friend Steve Mason would tease Jerry about betting on favorites all the time. I think the next race I bet will be the favorite! One last time for the Dougman. Thinking good thoughts on your day of sorrow, Lovey
June 17, 2020
As I will be out of town Saturday I wish to let Jerry's family know just how great a friend he was. I worked with him at Magic City and Muncie Fire, # 2 station, Heekin Park. What a great person he was and I did not know he was at Flowery Branch as I visit Dawsonville-Dalonega area to visit my people Debbie and Bob Pence (Pence Stone and Masonry ) off hwy. 9 at mills spur, Wildflower Trail-Crawford Falls Rd. Well it sure was wonderful to be around him and played many a card game and drank a few with my good buddy . Thank you for his care and I will be thinking of All. God Bless. Love, Tommy D. Crawford, retired MFD.