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September 03, 2014 09:20 AM
Memorial Bridge Dedication Ceremony to Honor Barney Douglas

A memorial bridge dedication ceremony to honor Barney Douglas of Gainesville, Mo., will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at Ozark County's Hootin' an Hollarin' festival. The ceremony will take place on the main stage in conjunction with the Citizen of the Year Award presentation.

State Representative Lyle Rowland sponsored House Bill 1866 to designate the Route 160 bridge over Lick Creek in Ozark County the "Barney Douglas (The Citizen) Memorial Bridge." The bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon and became effective on Aug. 28, 2014.

Douglas worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in Mountain View, Mo., which is where he met his wife of 69 years, Doris. During World War II, Douglas volunteered for the U.S. Navy Seabees and later worked in a munitions plant in St. Louis. Following the war, he returned to Southern Missouri and MoDOT. Douglas retired from MoDOT as an area supervisor of four maintenance facilities in 1981.

In addition to his MoDOT career, Douglas worked with the American Red Cross bloodmobile for over 30 years, served as an Ozark County Health Department board member for 26 years, and as a member and president of the Gainesville school board. He was also active in the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #496, Eastern Star, the Lions Club, and the Hootin' an Hollarin' festival.

Douglas passed away on Dec. 22, 2012 at the age of 95, leaving a legacy of community service.

For more information, please contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.

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