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Willie Lee Douglas

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Private Funeral service for Mr. Willie Lee "Gene" Douglas will be conducted 2:00 PM Thursday, April 16, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence. Interment will follow at The Church in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostles Doctrine, Inc. in Hartsville, SC,directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Willie was born on August 13, 1950. He was the son of the late Mr. John Stedman Rogers and Mrs. Josephine (Lacy) Douglas Seals of Florence, South Carolina. He entered into his rest on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at MUSC Hospital in Florence.

He was educated in the Public Schools of Florence County, a Wilson High School graduate of 1969. He attended Francis Marion University and Morehouse College, and also worked at Bell South, Inc.

He was employed with the CSX Railroad as a Crew Clerk Operator for approximately 15 years.

At an early age, Brother Willie, a member of The Church In The Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostles’ Doctrine, Inc. was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. He served as a member of the Whole Truth Choir as a Tenor, and was the Secretary for the Whole Truth Magazine.

He married the love of his life, Sister Catherine Douglas on May 29, 1982. To this union, one baby girl was born.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. John Stedman Rogers; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Douglas Seals; his step father, Mr. Lacy Seals, three brothers, Otis, Edward, and Johnny Douglas; and one sister, Florence Green.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of the home, Sister Catherine Douglas; a daughter, Sister Magon (Curtis) Tisdale of Atlanta, Georgia; a grandson, Noah Joel Tisdale of Atlanta, Georgia; one brother, Walter Douglas of Florence, South Carolina; two sisters, Catherine Briggs and Audrey Mae (George) Brockington both of Florence, South Carolina; and a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives; and friends, including a large church family.

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Expressing sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved one and our dear Brother. Praying that the LORD bless and comfort you. Love...Sis. Debra Timmons

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To. Sis. Catherine Douglas & Family. May the Lord Bless and Keep you in your time of sorrow. Bro.Rondy Wright. Bro.Wilson & Sis.Sneak wright & family.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May God continue to bless and keep you thru this time of sorrow. Bro. Willie sang beautifully while on the choir. He's now sleeping in peace. This is truly a blessing no more pain. Sis. Cat and Magon pray as my family will continue to pray with you and for you. Sis. Bernell and family .

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Katherine and Magon, you are in our prayers, so wish we could be there to show our love, but circumstances won't allow us. Seems as though we lost a member of our family! We enjoyed Doug as we called him especially is beautiful singing voice. He really had a wonderful gift! May God continue to bless and keep you all is or prayer. Love you all. Dec.Weldon and Linda Hinson

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Catherine, Magon and the entire Douglas Family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, father and loved one. Please know that we are keeping you in our prayers as you deal with your loss. Sincerely, Ruthie Jackson Blocker, Kayla, Kyle & Nate Thomas

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To:The Douglas family,I would like to send my deepest sympathy to my family,the Douglas family, The bible says to enter into his gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with praise, and it also said to make a joyful noise unto the lord,I would like to say to my family, uncle jean,that's what I always called him,when I was a little girl, he treated me no different then his natural nieces and nephews,he loved me unconditionally,and their was nothing that he wouldn't do for me, I remember these words that he always told me, Loris, that what he called me, he never could say lois,and he would tell me, you are my brothers child,which my stepfather name were Dock! Whom loved me with his HOLD heart,uncle Jean would say to me,everything that my brother would do for his blood kids,he would do for you,you will want for nothing, and there were nothing I WANTED for,so to my Douglas family,Don't worrie about Uncle Jean,because he has enter into the gates,the pearly gates,and he is rejoicing now with the lord, WHY? Because there no more pains,no more suffering, he is sitting at the table with his SAVIOR,WAVING and saying Hi de Hi,wearing his crown, because his work down here is done! I Love you Uncle Jean,and I Love you my Douglas family, From your niece, Min.Lois Brockington Douglas Perry

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM