Sixties country music star Tony Douglas died Jan. 22 at the age of 83 in Athens, Texas after a battle with lymphoma. Douglas died surrounded by friends and family at the hospital.
Douglas became interested in country music as a child listening to the Grand Ole Opry. After serving in the Army, Douglas returned to Texas where he performed at the Cowtown Hoedown in Ft. Worth, Texas and later became a regular at the Louisiana Hayride until it closed down. Douglas was offered the opportunity to become a part of the Grand Ole Opry but turned it down when he realized it would mean leaving his Texas home and moving to Nashville.
In 1962 Douglas broke into the top 40 with his hit “His “N” Hers”. Douglas had two more hits with “Thank You for Touching My Life” and “My Last Day”. He released his final album “Saved the Best for Last” in 2010. Throughout his career, Douglas was known for putting on a clean show where parents never needed to worry about taking their children to a show or what would be said on stage.
He was born in Martins Mill, Texas – near Athens – on April 12, 1929 and grew up on a farm. Drafted into the Army, Douglas served in Germany and became a part of the band entertaining his fellow soldiers until his discharge.
Douglas was a member of the Texas Country Music Association Hall of Fame.
Douglas was buried with military honours in his hometown of Athens on Jan. 26. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Sarita; but survived by his wife Margaret “Mim” – to whom he had been married to for 63 years –; Hank, Jason, and Tonya; siblings Wathena, Kay, and Pecos, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.