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Funeral services for Mr. Lon Douglas will be held Friday, September 22, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, with Brother Bill Boulton officiating. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Mr. Douglas, age 94, of Meridian passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Bedford Care Center of Marion.
Mr. Douglas was born and raised in Drew, Mississippi. He was a long time resident of Meridian, where he had a successful career as a painting contractor. Over the years, Lon enjoyed his Army reunions, bird hunting, and road trips. More often, he favored spending time with family and friends and being papa to his eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was a lifetime VFW member (Post 79). Lon was a decorated World War II veteran honored for his valor while serving as a sergeant with the 158th Regimental Combat Teamthe Bushmastersin the Philippine Islands.
Lon is survived by his daughter, Sharlotte Cornish, his son, Jack Douglas (Robin), his daughter Judy Ryburn (Jack); sister, Martha Viner; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed.
He was preceded in death by an extraordinary woman: his beloved wife of 65 years, Kathleen; his parents; seven sisters; two brothers; and his son-in-law, Bill Cornish.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com
Visitation will be held Friday at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Published on September 20, 2017
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