~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. John James 'Jack' Dougherty
August 16, 1941 ~ April 24, 2014
Notification with the passing of Vietnam war veteran retired DL pilot Captain John James Dougherty, age 72. Captain Dougherty joined Delta Air Lines 10-17-1969 and was based ATL/030.
Captain Dougherty was widowed with the passing of his wife Jeanette in July 2012. Services for Captain Dougherty will be held tomorrow Sunday, April 27th at the First Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur AL with family receiving guests at 1:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m.
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John James "Jack" Dougherty was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 16th, 1941, and peacefully passed away on April 24, 2014. He was the oldest of four children and the only son of Brigadier General John E. Dougherty and Marguerite Burke Dougherty. As the son of a military father, their family moved a great deal with Jack attending numerous schools until he graduated from high school in Savannah, Ga. Jack attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado from which he graduated with a degree in Engineering. He later earned a Juris Doctorate degree. Following graduation, Jack attended flight training in Pensacola, Fla. where he met his wife, Jeanette Giles Dougherty of Decatur, Ala. Jack served his country as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and was the recipient of numerous awards for his service to his country, including earning a Silver Star, a Presidential Unit Citation and a Vietnam Service Medal with three stars along with numerous marksman awards. Jack spent his career as an airline pilot for Delta Airlines and held numerous leadership positions with Delta, primarily in pilot support programs. Jack and Jeanette are survived by their three daughters, Jan Faragalli of Ringgold, Ga., Karen Remias of Breckenridge, Colo., and Katherine Grace of Decatur, Ga. and their families including eight grandchildren; as well as his sisters Sharon Cleary of Denver, Colo. and Ellen Patterson of Wellington, Ohio.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kathryn Galbreath. While in the Atlanta area, Jack served as a volunteer fireman for many years, was active in Roswell United Methodist Church and was a constant presence in the stands at school sporting events. He and Jeanette moved to her home of Decatur, Ala. over twenty years ago. Jack loved Decatur and became involved in a wide range of organizations and activities here including the Decatur First United Methodist communities, the Rotary Club, the Decatur Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors, the North Alabama Emmaus Community and in his work to help revitalize downtown Decatur for many years. Jack will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Services will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the First Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ala. with family receiving guests at 1:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m.
.Published in the Decatur Daily on Apr. 27, 2014
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Jeanette Giles Dougherty
August 29, 1942 ~ July 29, 2012
Memorial service for Jeanette Giles Dougherty, 69, of Decatur will be Sunday, July 29, 2012, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Rudy Guess and the Reverend Sandra Locke-Godbey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A Celebration of Life service will be Sunday, July 29, 2012, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Decatur Country Club.
Mrs. Dougherty, who died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her residence, was born August 29, 1942, in Decatur to John Harlan and Evelyn Greene Giles. She was a retired teacher and philanthropist. She received her BA from the University of Alabama where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a board member of Decatur City Schools Foundation, member of Decatur General Foundation Guild and Decatur Assembly, board member of the American Cancer Society (Morgan County), Princess Theater and DreamWeavers Children's Theater, member of Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women's Golf Association (Decatur Country Club), First United Methodist Church (Seekers class), Connect Decatur, Troweler's Garden Club, Hospice of the Valley Guild and executive board member of Parents and Children Together (PACT). She was a recipient of the Gail Hurst Award and Outstanding Teacher Award at E.T. Booth Middle School, Woodstock, Ga., and volunteer coordinator of the Spirit of America Golf Tournament. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Giles.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John James Dougherty; three daughters, Jan Faragalli (Albert) of Ringgold, Ga., Karen Remias (Richard) of Breckenreidge, Colo., and Kate Grace (Joe) of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother, Mrs. John Harlan Giles of Decatur; sister-in-law, Charlene Giles of Pascagoula, Miss.; one brother, Webb Giles of Decatur; two sisters, Emily Royer (Lynn) of Enterprise and Alison Burnthall (Mike) of Decatur; and eight grandchildren, Chandler Faragalli, Samuel Faragalli, Madeleine Remias, Finnegan Remias, William Remias, Ellis Grace, Avery Grace and Jude Grace.
Memorials may be made to Parents and Children Together, P.O. Box 1247, Decatur, AL 35602.
.Published in the Decatur Daily on July 28, 2012