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Tony Douglas was born April 12, 1929, outside Martins Mill to Hubert Gideon Douglas and Artie Marie Jones Douglas, a grandson on Washington Gideon Douglas. He attended Hobbs Missionary Baptist Church. He grew up on a farm and enjoyed hunting and fishing along Kickapoo Creek. He was drafted into the Army in 1952 and served with the 45th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in Kaiserslautern, Germany. During his overseas duty he was invited to sing at the NCO club with a small band. The GIs enjoyed Tony’s style of music and he became a part of the band until he returned to the states.

Following an honorable discharge in 1954, Tony took employment with Lone Star Gas Co. in Athens and continued to pursue a music career on weekends. In 1956 he recorded his first record and was invited to appear as a guest on the Louisiana Hayride. After his second appearance he signed a three-year contract. In 1961 he gained national attention with his song “Shrimpin’” and his band became known as “Tony Douglas and the Shrimpers.” Another great single, “Thank You For Touching My Life,” was released in 1972. For more than three decades, Tony Douglas and The Shrimpers criss-crossed the nation, bringing enjoyment to multitudes of people.

His country disciplined upbringing made a big impact on his life. He was tagged Mr. Nice Guy of country music and he desired to be remembered as “a man who kept his shows clean, where you could always take the family and not be afraid of what might be said or done.” He was a lifetime member of the Country Music Association. In 1995 he was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame.

Tony was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church of Athens and was most recently a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. For the past several years he enjoyed operating “Papa T’s” in Athens with his wife, Mim. Here he enjoyed meeting people, making new friends and sharing his love of country music.

He married Margaret “Mim” Reaves on March 5, 1949.

Tony died on 22nd January 2013. Hewas preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sarita Stegall.

Tony is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mim Douglas of Athens; sons, Hank Douglas of Jacksonville, Jason Douglas and wife Kim of Heath; daughter, Tonya Mowery and husband Randy of San Antonio; sisters, Wathena Douglas Rubin of Martins Mill, Kay Etheridge of Kemp; brother, Pecos Douglas and wife Nancy of Houston; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.






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