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Charles Swasey Douglas

Charles Swasey Douglas passed away early Monday morning, July 22, 2013, under a full Texas moon with his sons at his side. Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Memorials: , in memory of Bobbie Douglas, 500 LBJ Freeway, Suite, 250, Dallas, Texas 75244; local hospice organizations; or Hurst Christian Church, 745 Brown Trail, Hurst, Texas 76053. Charles "Doug" Douglas was born in Fort Worth in 1921, to John and Helen Douglas. He grew up on historic Chase Court in the home of his great uncle and namesake Charles Swasey, a pioneering Fort Worth entrepreneur and civic leader. He attended St. Mary's Parochial School and Paschal High School. At Paschal, he felt he was "the luckiest boy in town" to have met Miss Bobbie Mills. They were married after her graduation in 1940 and remained together for 70 years until she passed away in 2010. Charles worked at North American Aviation for a period of time until he signed up to serve in the Army Air Corps in 1943. He received his wings as a B-24 pilot to serve in the 55th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron in the Pacific theater. The squadron's missions involved long-range, unescorted flights to determine weather conditions for upcoming air and ground operations, often encountering dangerous weather in addition to enemy activity. He and his crew earned the Air Medal with two bronze stars for their heroic actions. In 1945, he unexpectedly met up on the island of Guam with his "twin cousin" (born on the same day in Fort Worth), Navy Yeoman Douglas Martin, presently of Cape Cod, Mass. Their encounter was chronicled in the Star-Telegram at the time. After World War II, Charles worked for Braniff Airways as a station agent in Austin. He then worked for Associates Finance Corporation in Austin, Pasadena, and Dallas until his retirement after 30 years. During his retirement, Charles gave lovingly and generously of his time to family, friends and fellow members of Hurst Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Bobbie; and his brother, John A. Douglas Jr. Survivors: His sons, Michael and spouse, Kris, of Mountain Park, Ga., Steve and spouse, Donna, of Hico; grandson, Aaron Douglas and wife, Lisa, of Tyler; granddaughter, Kirsten and husband, Daniel Monroe, of Portland, Ore.; great-grandchildren, Avery Douglas and Asher Monroe; and an extended family of loving friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram from July 24 to July 25, 2013
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