Saturday, Sep 29, 2018
February 19, 1948 - September 24, 2018
Roscoe Jerome Douglas, 70, of Macon passed away September 24, 2018. A memorial service / potluck will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 2:00PM.
Roscoe was born February 19, 1948 to Ruth Douglas and the late Dewey Douglas of Dothan, Alabama. After graduating from Dothan High School in 1966, he attended Auburn University where he paid for his classes by co-oping every other quarter for Pan-American which involved scuba diving throughout the Caribbean. His experiences co-oping instilled in him a lifelong love of travel.
In 1969, Roscoe was drafted into the Army, but after an uncle of his told him “he couldn’t cut it” in the Marine Corps, he opted to join the Marines instead to become one of the few and the proud. After boot camp, he volunteered for orders and was sent to Morocco. After serving two years in the Marines, he was honorably discharged and finished his degree at Auburn.
Shortly after Roscoe got out of the Marine Corps he married Gwen Davis. Gwen and Roscoe were married 47 years. They had four children: Aleve Douglas (Kristafer Abplanalp), Wendy Rankine (Will), Elizabeth Peed (Caleb), and Roscoe Christopher Douglas (Leah Quinn); and eight grandchildren who lovingly called him Poppy. He loved the Lord, his family, friends, work, travel, and taking lots and lots of pictures. He was generous to a fault and believed what the Lord blessed you with should be shared with others. Family gatherings were not just for family, anyone was welcome.
He sold insurance for most of his married life, an occupation which he called his dream job. He thought the word “no” meant you needed more information.
Roscoe’s adventures took him all over the world. He travelled extensively in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He learned to ride horses in the Moroccan countryside, road a camel through the deserts of Egypt; rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, walked through Himalayan mountains, and hiked the Incan Trail to Machu Pichu. At the age of 58 he started running marathons. After completing marathons in all 50 states he continued to run, or rather, walk, over 140 marathons on 4 continents. Roscoe loved to tell stories and would find someone to talk to during EVERY race to help that person finish their marathon.
In April 2015, Roscoe was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer and was told he likely had six months to live. He refused conventional treatments, insisting on quality of life as opposed to quantity of life. He advocated for his cancer treatment and would tell EVERY person about other options to chemotherapy, most notably proton therapy. The proton therapy, along with his strong faith in Jesus Christ, gave him four more “Poppy’s Swim Camps.” It enabled him to see two of his children get married, and welcome two more grandchildren into the family, all while living life to the fullest and taking countless selfies along the way. Roscoe was authentically himself up until the very end, and while he loved this life intensely, he was excited about his change of address.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation (www.crb1.org), which is the blindness that affects one of his grandsons, or a donation to Ritchie Circle Guest House at Loma Linda University (24873 Taylor St, Loma Linda, CA 92354), where he stayed during treatment in California.
Interment will be private.
Please visit www.hartsmort.com to express condolences.
Hart’s at the Cupola has charge of the arrangements.