John James Dougherty

Decatur, Alabama


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John James 'Jack' Dougherty


John James "Jack" Dougherty was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 16th, 1941, and peacefully passed away on April 24, 2014. He was the oldest of four children and the only son of Brigadier General John E. Dougherty and Marguerite Burke Dougherty. As the son of a military father, their family moved a great deal with Jack attending numerous schools until he graduated from high school in Savannah, Ga. Jack attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado from which he graduated with a degree in Engineering. He later earned a Juris Doctorate degree. Following graduation, Jack attended flight training in Pensacola, Fla. where he met his wife, Jeanette Giles Dougherty of Decatur, Ala. Jack served his country as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and was the recipient of numerous awards for his service to his country, including earning a Silver Star, a Presidential Unit Citation and a Vietnam Service Medal with three stars along with numerous marksman awards. Jack spent his career as an airline pilot for Delta Airlines and held numerous leadership positions with Delta, primarily in pilot support programs. Jack and Jeanette are survived by their three daughters, Jan Faragalli of Ringgold, Ga., Karen Remias of Breckenridge, Colo., and Katherine Grace of Decatur, Ga. and their families including eight grandchildren; as well as his sisters Sharon Cleary of Denver, Colo. and Ellen Patterson of Wellington, Ohio.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kathryn Galbreath. While in the Atlanta area, Jack served as a volunteer fireman for many years, was active in Roswell United Methodist Church and was a constant presence in the stands at school sporting events. He and Jeanette moved to her home of Decatur, Ala. over twenty years ago. Jack loved Decatur and became involved in a wide range of organizations and activities here including the Decatur First United Methodist communities, the Rotary Club, the Decatur Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors, the North Alabama Emmaus Community and in his work to help revitalize downtown Decatur for many years. Jack will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Services will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the First Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ala. with family receiving guests at 1:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m.

This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.

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I flew with Jack in VMA 331, MCAS Beaufort and VMA 214, Chu Lai, RVN. He was a good pilot and a good friend. Laraine and I send our condolences to Jeanette and the family.

Sincere sympathy to the Dougherty family. We were neighbors on Wiley Bridge Road in Woodstock, GA and enjoyed their friendship.
Jack and Joy Johnson, Meredyth and Mark

We are saddened by this loss of our beloved Academy classmate. He left quite legacy of love and goodwill. He will be missed. May his soul rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

1963 USAFA Classmate

I flew with Jack in Vietnam Nam He was a very professional, hardworking Marine.

With deepest sympathy to the Dougherty Family. I had the pleasure of flying with Jack-a mentor, a leader, a great Delta Captain.
Agnus Dei dona nobis pacem...
Capt. Mike Donatelli
Delta MEC Chairman

Our love and prayers go out to the Dougherty family at this time. Sincerely, Susan & Denny Walsh

Dear Jeanette,
We send our sympathies and wish you well. So sorry for your loss.
Sandi & Jim Mohr

With Deepest Sympathies to the Dougherty Family. Rest in Peace Jack. A classmate 10-17-69.

My deepest sympathy to the Dougherty family during this time of profound sorrow. Jack was a respected and dedicated professional; those of us who were fortunate to call him a colleague trusted his keen instincts. Blessings to the family and community at this great loss.

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