John Thomas Douglas


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. John Thomas Douglas, 70, died at his home on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, surrounded by family. He was born in Cumberland, on Sept. 15, 1947, to the late Thomas Reese Douglas and Margaret "Midge" Clarissa Campbell Douglas. He spent his early childhood in Cumberland prior to moving to Reisterstown. He graduated from Franklin Senior High School in Reisterstown. In 1969, he graduated from Western Maryland College, today known as McDaniel College, with a Degree in English. He is survived by his two sons, John Campbell Douglas of Williamsport, and Steven Michael Douglas of Milwaukee, Wis., and their families including four grandchildren, Julia Elizabeth Douglas, Hunter McCormick Douglas, John Ryan Douglas and Hannah Marie Bishop. John worked for almost 40 years as a reporter and later as Editor of The Hancock News in Hancock, and The Morgan Messenger in Berkeley Spring. John won numerous newspaper awards in West Virginia and Maryland for his editorials, investigative stories, coverage of crime and trials, feature stories and headline news. As well as working for the newspapers, John published several mystery novels; Shawnee Alley Fire, Blind Spring Rambler and Haunts. He wrote non-fiction works including Joltin Jim about the life of Jim McCoy, and multiple books about George Washington and his dealings in the Berkeley Springs area including George Washington & Us and At the Springs with George. John also wrote A Fog of Ghosts, a collection of regional ghost stories. John also contributed to many other books, local and national publications including Killing Waters a book about the 1985 floods in West Virginia and the vicinity, Goldenseal, Blues Access and many other publications. He was also a local and regional historian, being recognized by the State of West Virginia in 2010 as a West Virginia History Hero. John was preceded in death by his wife, Samantha Redston, in 2012, with whom he had married in 2000. Together they spent many years traveling in both the United States and Europe and supporting local arts. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the American Legion in Berkeley Springs, on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in his memory to Hospice of the Panhandle 278 N High Street, Romney, WV 26757.
Published on October 28, 2017
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