|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1953|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 2008|
Mark K. Douglas (1953-2008) A Leader Passes
Regional historian and published author, co-founder of our "new era" Elijah Gates Camp, and our longtime historian, Mark K. Douglas, 54, died of a heart attack July 16, 2008, at Callaway County Hospital.
The "Shelby Foote" of Callaway County history during the War Between the States, Mark was a gifted writer, speaker and storyteller who, dressed in Missouri State Guard garb, also showed a remarkable talent for communicating a ground-level understanding of the war to adults and children alike. He was also author of the impressive volume Soldiers, Secesh and Civilians: Compiled Records of Callawegians in the War of the Rebellion.
At his death he was also co-chair of Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage, responsible for developing a series of interpretive panels here for the pending Gray Ghosts Trail driving tour. Mark researched and wrote the inaugural panel, "The Story of the Kingdom," installed at the Heart of Missouri Tourism Center in Kingdom City. He and his dear friend, late compatriot Allen Conner, were key in restoring the cemetery of "Kingdom of Callaway" legend Col. Jefferson Jones, dedicated Oct. 26, 1996, and subsequently maintained by our Elijah Gates Camp.
A past president of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, he was a leader in developing the museum at 513 Court St. in Fulton.
Director Barbara Huddleston wrote in the Fulton Sun, "We will greatly miss Mark's knowledge about the Civil War, his ability to get things done, but most of all his support of our Society and his friendship."
A fine artist and craftsman, Mark was previously owner of Douglas Engraving. He became a highly regarded, award-winning officer with the Missouri Department of Corrections, where he had risen to the rank of lieutenant.
The department provided an honor guard for his inurnment ceremony at Hillcrest Cemetery July 19. Visitation and services were at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton, Rev. Stephen Sowder officiating. Gates Camp was represented by the symbol of a single soldier, our own compatriot Wayne Sampson, in full Confederate cavalry dress and standing at attention in front of the camp flag with black streamer.
Mark is survived by his parents, John E. and Peggy R. (Rose) Douglas; his wife, Darla; daughter, Kathryn; son, Jonathan; brother John R. Douglas and wife Nancy; sister Terry (Mrs. Merlin Smith); aunts Peggy Rose and Betty Russell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.
Created by: Wayne Sampson
Record added: Jul 20, 2008
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