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Ginny Douglass

Virginia T. Douglass of Huntsville died Tuesday, January 22nd. She was a homemaker, loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Douglass.

Ginny was a longtime member of PEO and served in offices at the state and local level. As a member of Chapter J, she was dedicated to and loved the PEO sisterhood.

Ginny did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross at a school clinic, and was a Girl Scout assistant. She was president of the Huntsville Country Club Ladies’ Golf Association, and president of the Sandestin, Florida Ladies’ Golf Association. She was president of Women of the Church and taught Sunday school at First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville. Upon her return to Huntsville in 2002, she became a member of Hope Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include children, William E. Douglass Jr. and wife, Louann, of Denver, CO, Susan D. Dunbar and husband, Charles, of Huntsville, Ann T. Douglass of Deluth, GA, and Patty D. Buccellato of Chattanooga; grandsons, Daryl W. Dunbar and wife, Melinda, of London, England, Mike E. Douglass and wife, Barbara, of Alexandria, VA, Geoff M. Douglass and wife, Layna, of Fallston, MD, Chris S. Douglass and wife, Jennifer, of Broomfield, CO, Joel S. Buccellato of Chattanooga, TN; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Jeanne T. Sparks and husband, Jack, of Lewes, DE.

Edward A. Young - Convenor of Clan Young

After a long illness, Edward Anderson Young III passed away on July 21, 2012. He was 90 years old. 

Edward was born in Orlando, Florida, on November 17, 1921. The son of Edward A. Young and Anna Spain Young, he was a descendant of John Knox Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Ed began his airline career in 1940 as a Station Agent for National Airlines, and was hired by Delta Airlines in 1941. He served in the Naval Air Transport Service from 1944 to 1946 and returned to Delta after WWII. He served as Station Manager in many cities in the Delta system including Atlanta, Savannah, Cincinnati, Columbia, West Palm Beach, and finally Orlando. He retired after 45 years with Delta Airlines.

Ed married Harriet Dobbe in 1946. They had four children: Ann, Andy, John, and Lynn. They were divorced. 

In 1975, he married Jean Williams Carmichael, which brought her children, Donia, Leslie, and Paul into his family circle.

Ed was Convenor of Clan Young USA. He and Jean were active members, holding various offices until ill health slowed them down. Ed was also active in the Pine Castle Masonic Lodge No. 368. 

He was a member of the choir for years at First United Methodist Church, Orlando, and enjoyed music (with lots of trumpets and drums), collecting antique bottles, watching the Miami Dolphins, traveling, and studying the Young family history. Most of all, he loved his family. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandpa.

Ed is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jean; children Ann (Dale) Lee of Greeley, Colorado, John Young of Orlando, and Lynn (Chuck) Young of Prairieville, Louisiana; step-daughters, Donia (Tom) Bessa and Leslie Oygar, both of Orlando; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grand children.

 Sarah Amanda Phillips Douglas

 Sarah Amanda Phillips Douglas, 85, died December 25, 2009 in Erin, Tennessee.  She was born March 29, 1924, in Ensley, Alabama, daughter of the late Alma Carmichael Phillips and the late Herbert Winston Phillips.  A graduate of Fairfield High School (1939), Mrs. Douglas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama (1942) and a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham Southern College (1943).  She did post-graduate work at Juilliard School of Music. After her marriage (1946) to Gilbert Franklin Douglas, Jr., M.D., they lived two years in Boston before returning to Birmingham for the remainder of their 55 years of marriage. 

Known to many as “Sally”, Mrs. Douglas dedicated her life to her family, faith, and community.  Sally passed on her love of music to her children, her grandchildren, and hundreds of piano students.  For decades she served as pianist for her church, Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyterian Church), played for countless civic events, and performed with the Birmingham Piano Quartet. She was an active member of the Alabama Music Teachers’ Association, Bush Hills Music Club, Caledonian Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eagle Forum of Alabama, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and Women’s Committee of 100.

Mrs. Douglas was predeceased by both her husband and her brother, Winston Monroe Phillips.  Sally is survived by her sister, Dorothy Phillips Mauney [Miles]; two sons, Gilbert F. Douglas, III [Cynthia] and Herbert W. Douglas [Tad]; four daughters, Elizabeth D. Martin [Daniel], Amanda D. Daily [Byron], Alma D. Gaudette [Peter], and Dorothy D. Taft [James]. She is also survived by nineteen grandchildren: Paul Owings, Rachel O. Bahr [Greg], Wesley Douglas [Ruth], Gilbert Douglas IV [Stacy], Sarah Martin, Phillip Douglas, Douglas Owings, James Douglas [Georgianne], Gray Douglas, Robert Martin, Rosemary Douglas, Douglas Martin [Mary Beth], John Douglas, Daniel Douglas, Heather Martin, Samuel Douglas, Laura Douglas, Stephen Gaudette, and Andrew Gaudette; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Owings, James Douglas, Jr., and Bryson Douglas. 

Rollins, Kenneth Stewart, Sr.

Passed quietly in his sleep on the morning of October 13, 2008 at Kensington Park Assisted Living in Kensington, MD. Ken was born in Atmore, AL to Stacy L. Rollins, Sr. and Grace S. Rollins on May 23, 1920. He received a B.S. C & BA in 1950 from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Although his occupation was in accounting, he was always more of a photographer, writer, leader, teacher, seeker of knowledge, and consummate storyteller with great appreciation of music, literature, history and heritage, along with a special fondness for cats. Ken enjoyed camping, canoeing, sailing, surf-fishing, target shooting, and tinkering; he was the ultimate well-rounded, problem-solving, do-it-yourself-er. He was an avid supporter of the C & O Canal for over fifty years. He served as Virginia Regent for the Clan Douglas Society of North America for several years. He had also been active in the Izaak Walton League of America for many years. Ken served in U.S. Army during World War II as a photographer at Ft. Bragg, NC. He moved to the Washington, DC area to pursue his accounting career very soon after graduation from the University. After a brief stint at Price-Wate rhouse, Ken shifted to the Federal Government. He worked for the General Accounting Office in Washington, DC and resided in community of Brookmont, MD for many years. He retired in 1980 and built his own home in the woods of Ladysmith,VA. His marriages, first to Mary Jane Lloyd and second to Mary Anita Pitts both ended in divorce. Ken was predeceased by a brother Stacy L. Rollins, Jr., a sister Elise Nihart, and his first son Kenneth S. Rollins, Jr. Survivors include: daughter Peggy Sauer and husband Richard of Voorheesville, NY, son Charles Rollins and wife Anne of Boulder, CO, daughter Celeste Rollins of Frederick, MD, and sister-in-law Beatrice Rollins of Chevy Chase, MD. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th at Brookmont Church, 4000 Virginia Place, Bethesda, MD 20816. In lieu of flowers, donations in KenĘžs memory to help restore the Catoctin Aqueduct will be appreciated and may be sent to: The C & O Canal Association, P.O. Box 366, Glen Echo, MD 20812, with notation for The Catoctin Aqueduct Fund. Graveside service s in Atmore, AL are still being planned.