Edgar Eugene “Gene” Douglas


Edgar Eugene Douglas was born in El Reno, Oklahoma, on July 23, 1941, to Newton Edgar Douglas and Frances Marguerite Payne, both of whom preceded him in death.  He is survived by a brother, Bob Douglas of Dallas, Texas, a sister, Kathy Phillips of Yukon, an aunt, Dorothea Paulk of Calumet, two sons, Patrick and Michael Douglas, both of Edmond, a daughter, Alicia Rambo, of Blanchard, and four grandchildren, Rex Douglas of Edmond, Rebekah Rambo of Blanchard, and Dale and Dillen Rambo of Houston, Texas.  He passed away in Oklahoma City on September 11, 2021.

Gene dedicated his life to counseling and therapy, achieving a bachelor’s degree at Central State College and a master’s degree in Education at North Texas State University.  He began a doctoral degree at the Texas Women’s University in Denton.  His credentials included Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Throughout his life, he continued his education, earning many certifications, his last at the age of seventy-nine.  Gene focused most of his attention on overlooked and underserved people in his community, working with disabled veterans, prisoners, children, and victims of domestic abuse.

In his youth, Gene served in the Nation Guard and the Peace Corps.  During college, he spent a year with a family in Norway.  Gene loved nature and science and spent time reading and sharing articles about astronomy, archaeology, physics, and medical breakthroughs.  He has had a life-long interest in politics, supporting candidates and causes and even once running for city council.  He was an outspoken supporter of Black Lives Matter.

Gene attended the Unitarian Universalist Church for at least two decades, first in Lawton and then in Edmond.  He considered the members of his church among his closest friends.

Services will be held at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly Ave. in Edmond at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 18.  A memorial gathering will be held at Channing Unitarian Universalist Church, 2800 W. 15th St. in Edmond.  The service will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, we would prefer donations to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation https://www.dvnf.org/donation/ or Give a Gift by Mail- make check payable to: Disabled Veterans National Foundation 4601 Forbes Blvd. – Suite #130 Lanham, MD 20706 or the Bethel Foundation http://bethelfoundationusa.com/donate_now.aspx or Make check Payable to Bethel Foundation and Mail to Bethel Foundation – 13003 N. Western Ave.- Oklahoma City, OK 73114 . or Donate your unwanted clothes, household items, appliances, automobiles, and even property to help our struggling moms and their children.

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  1. I am saddened to learn of Gene’s death. He had a big heart and reached out to many people in his life.

    Kent McCullough, cousin

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was obviously a wonderful, sensitive, giving person who actually did something to help people, not just talk about it. I wish that I had personally known him as a friend. As it were, I only met him once at a family dinner. He will surely be among the sheep when the great separatation come,s not among the goats.

  3. So sorry to hear of Gene’s death. He was a member of El Reno High School Class of ’59. We all enjoyed getting together for our reunions. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

  4. I know that everyone at Channing UU Church will miss Gene’s
    wit, wisdom and sense of humor. He always seemed to know
    something about every subject we were discussing. My sincere
    condolences to the family.

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