CHARLIE “Bank” DOUGLAS JR. was born June 24, 1944 to the parentage of the late Charlie “Red” Douglas Sr. and Josie Mae Hendrix Douglas.
Charlie started his life with many endeavors ahead of him as he had to drop out of school in the 8th grade to become a man. He was guided and raised by uncle Obie in West Texas. At an early age, Uncle Obie instilled a great work ethic in him. He had numerous jobs as he was a jack of all trades. He worked in cremation, construction work, and he also worked for the City of Dallas for many years. He moved back to East Texas and made a lucrative living working at US Steel, where he retired after 25 years of service. In the late 70’s, he was the founder of the Cotton Choppers Motorcycle Club, where he supported the community and brought many families together and helped in any way they could. He also took interest in music and became a well-known DJ -The Daingerfield Music Maker. He would continue to DJ all the way to his demise. He also enjoyed fishing with his brothers- in- law and friends. He loved gardening and every year Charlie would grow a very productive garden. He really enjoyed staying busy. Although he was an awesome DJ, he took time out for the Lord. In his later years, he became a devoted member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Lena Mae Everette, Winnie Everette, Charlie Mae Crowe, Mary Epps, Helen Fleming, and Jo Lynn Wren; his brothers Sammie James Stern, J.T. Shaw, Sammie Mike. He also had a daughter, Kimberly Garrett, to precede him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 31 years Gloria Stern Douglas of Omaha, Texas. To this union one son was born Shaquille Douglas of Virginia, and a stepson Tyron Kemp of Tennessee, who he helped to raise as his own. Also, his oldest children, who came from his first marriage, Charles Ray Douglas Sr. of Cason, Texas, Alla Areesier Douglas of Tyler, Texas, Christopher Scott (Linda) Douglas of Dallas, Texas, and Charlie Douglas III of Dallas, Texas. He also leaves to cherish his memories DelTina (Anthony) Mason-Johnson of Daingerfield, Texas, and Chamequial Mason of Dallas, Texas. Kyle (Kendra) Lewis of Lewisville, Texas and Richard Charles Pruitt of Garland, Texas. He also leaves to cherish many fond memories of his life his sisters Ethel Stern of Daingerfield, Texas, Rose Mary Oliver of Highland Hills, Texas, Linda Smith of Lone Star, Texas, and Julie Gnagne of Jacksonville, Texas; two brothers James Frank Shaw of Dallas, Texas, and John L. Douglas of Lone Star, Texas; 95 grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends that will truly miss his presence.
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