September 27, 1925 to July 26, 2018
Jay T. Douglas, 92, resident of Eldorado passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Carrier Mills Nursing Home. Jay was born on September 27, 1925 to the late Hansel (Whitey) Douglas and Thelma (Lowry) Douglas. He married Easter L. (Millikan) who is currently a resident at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.
He grew up in Cave-In-Rock, IL and married his high school sweetheart Easter prior to going into WW II. Jay was in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and was in the European arena. He was an expert sharpshooter for the Army and was in the Battle of the Bulge.
Jay returned from WW II, worked and went to school in Detroit, Michigan. Jay received an associate degree in Interior Design that launched him into working in a furniture business. Jay became an owner of Eldorado Furniture store with the help of his beloved wife, Easter, for twenty-plus years.
Jay T. was a proud businessman. He was on the Eldorado School Board; and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Eldorado Lions Club. He attended the First Baptist Church of Eldorado and was an avid golfer.
Jay T. (Papaw) was a great storyteller. He enjoyed and was activity involved with his grandchildren.
Jay is survived by his wife, Easter; two sons, Gary A. Douglas and David J. Douglas; two daughters-in-law, Janie Douglas and Billie Marie Salfen Douglas; beloved niece, Brenda Justice; and brother Jerry Douglas. There are six grandchildren: Jamie Nicole (Douglas) Gerald and her beloved husband Brandon Gerald; Jason Douglas and his beloved wife April; and Leah (Leyah) S. Douglas; Jennifer Genet Ruble; Leah Genet; and Alicia Jackson. There are five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his brothers and sister: Jim Douglas, Bob Douglas, Velma (Douglas) Skelton and Charles Douglas.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Rose Gilbert Funeral Home, Cox Chapel, in Rosiclare, IL from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.