Ransom Samuel Douglass Jr., 86, a lifetime resident of Nueces County, passed away on May 14, 2010. He was born Dec. 20, 1923 to Ran and Annie Douglass. Growing up an only child, he learned a strong farming work ethic that served him well over the farming years, whether it was a bumper crop or drought. He attended grades first through sixth at the Chapman Ranch Elementary School. His family moved to Robstown, where he played high school football and graduated as a Robstown Cotton Picker, Class of 1941. Following his high school years, he attended Texas A&I University prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1942. He continued his education during his military training at SLI University in Lafayette, La. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Asiatic Pacific theater until he was discharged in July 29, 1945. Upon returning home from the war, he dated and married Martha Jean Balzer of Driscoll.

He and his wife were Charter Members of Central Baptist Church, Robstown (now River Hills Baptist Church, in Calallen.) He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and volunteer Youth Director.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Margaret Blanche.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Jean Balzer Douglass; his children, their spouses, and children: Sam and Joanne Douglass of Rockwall, (Mark and Bethany Douglass, Scott and Diana Douglass, Timothy and Kristen Douglass, Elizabeth Douglass, Kinzee Douglass, and Karlee Douglass); David and Cindy Douglass of Portland, (Kimberly Douglass and Ryan Douglass); and Wayne and Jean Carol Douglass Miller of Corpus Christi, (Douglass and Kristina Miller, Sara Miller, Brooke Miller); eight great-grandchildren; Van Balzer (nephew); and a host of lifelong friends.

Funeral services were held at River Hills Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010, followed by graveside interment at the Rose Hill Memorial Park in Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were his grandsons Mark Douglass, Tim Douglass, Ryan Douglass, Douglass Miller, and friends Eddie Bickham and Matt Setliff.

Honorary Pallbearers were his grandson, Scott Douglass, and the Deacons of River Hills Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to River Hills Baptist Church Building Fund.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home