Obituary: Phillip Gordon “Gabby” Douglas

July 14, 1938 – February 24, 2020

Phillip Gordon Douglas, 81, of Bedford, passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020, at the Golden Living Center in Bloomington.

Born July 14, 1938, in Scottsville, KY to Mary Ruth Emberton. Mary later married Ralph Ikerd who Gordon considered his father. Gordon married Martha Joyce Jones on December 6, 1957, and she survives.

He graduated from Oolitic High School in 1957. He was a lineman for Public Service Indiana retiring in 1996. He retired in 1992 from the Indiana National Guard as Command Sergeant Major of the 76th Infantry Brigade. He was a member of the Gillen Post #33 American Legion where he served on the Honor Guard Detail. He was a past Master Mason with the Mitchell Lodge #228 F & AM and had been a Boy Scout Leader for over forty years with Troop 335 of Bedford.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Bedford; a daughter, Diane Douglas, of Bedford; a son, Scott Douglas, and wife, Eliana, of Bedford; four grandchildren, Phillip Douglas and wife, Carol, Cody Douglas, and wife Lindsey, Emily Fox and husband, Donnie Jr. and Aaron Douglas; eight great
grandchildren, Catlin Almen, Landon, Bailor, Elizabeth, Steven, Levi, and Braydon Douglas, and Carter Fox; a brother, Ralph Ikerd, and wife, Judy, of Orleans; a sister, Connie Mallot and husband, Matt, of Florida; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Ralph Ikerd, and a grandson, Dustin Spencer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Tim Day officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites performed by members of the Indiana Honor Guard and American Legion Gillen Post #33. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th at the Day & Carter Mortuary with a Masonic Service held at 7 p.m. by the Mitchell Lodge #228.

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