OBITUARY: James Douglas, 71, of Burnet had a passion for hot rods

A service for James Paul “Jimmy” Douglas is noon Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church of Burnet with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burnet.

He was born April 19, 1941, in Burnet to James A. and Pauline Cheatham Douglas. He departed this life Feb. 18, 2013, to be with those who had gone on before him and to wait for those who follow. He made the world a better place for 71 years.

During his life, Jimmy had a number of interests. He lived in Burnet until the age of 16, when he moved to Pasadena, Texas. He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1959. He attended San Jacinto College and Lee College for a brief time before joining the electrical apprenticeship program in 1960 to follow in his dad’s footsteps as an electrician.

It was at Lee College that he met the love of his life, Sarah Jane woods, whom he wed in December 1960. They had three wonderful children and lived a very blessed and amazing life together. The celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2010.

Jimmy was a member of the IBEW Local Union and worked as a journeyman electrician until 1973. During this time, he also owned and operated Dugliano’s Pizza Parlor in Pasadena. He then took the position as an assistant business agent in the Local Union 716. He later worked for the Houston Organizing Project of the National AFLCIO, and, upon retirement, he returned to his family home in Burnet.

As a teenager, he had a passion for building hot rods and loved tinkering with many an engine. After marring Sarah, he bought a Volkswagen bus and took the center door out to shorten it. He and his friend David then took the engine out seven different times in one year just to make it better. He was a wonderful artist and drew several caricatures that were published in different magazines.

He was the best father and, later, grandfather in the world. He loved to entertain all his grandchildren with antique miniature cars that were used in parades and such. His pure joy could not be disguised as he watched the little ones laugh and squeal with delight at his antics.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, James A., and his mother, Pauline.

Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life are his wife of more than 52 years, Sarah Douglas; son Jeff Douglas and wife Dana; daughter, Dena Kolb and husband Robert “Bob”; and son Michael Ray Douglas and wife Celeste. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, James Jeffery Douglas Jr., Ben Douglas, Keeley Cline, Jacob Kolb, Conner Kolb, Taylor Douglas and Gavin Douglas. He also leaves behind a beloved cousin, Phillip Cheatham; brother, Tommy Douglas and wife Betty; and sister, Robbie Douglas Travis; special friend, Stetson Everett, who he also regarded as a grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also will be missed by all who had the privilege of calling him “friend.”

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