Fannie Rose Douglas was born on July 27, 1922, to Rev. Samuel Douglas and Fannie Douglas in Newellton, Louisiana. Her mother died when she was very young. Fannie was reared by her older sister, Ethel McCall Thomas, with the help of other relatives. Fannie had one sister and six brothers; Ethel McCall Thomas, Joe Douglas, Samuel F. Douglas, Major C. Douglas, Emmitt J. Douglas, James W. Douglas, and John Douglas. She accepted Christ at an early age.
She received her early education in the Madison Parish Training School, graduating high school in 1940. In 1943, she married Johnny McBee, and this union produced four children, Samuel, Beatrice, Loretta, and Martha Ann. Fannie resided in St. Louis, Missouri, for many years, returning to Tallulah in 1987, to assist in rearing her grandson, James A. Thomas II. Upon returning to Tallulah, she enjoyed reading, movies, and her avid walking regimen. She loved to walk and would not accept a ride from anyone. Her favorite sayings were, “You can’t be too thin, or too rich,” and “if you’ve got your health, you have everything.” Fannie was very frugal and very diet conscious.
Fannie did not surround herself with many people because she did not like the idea of ‘gossiping’. She would attempt to have close friends, but when they began to gossip, the closeness ended. Fannie lived a good life on her own terms, always pleasant to those she came in contact with.
Fannie was preceded in death by: her parents, Rev. Samuel Douglas and Fannie Douglas; her siblings, Ethel McCall Thomas, Joe Douglas, S.F. Douglas, M.C. Douglas, E.J. Douglas, and John Douglas; her son, Samuel Thomas; and daughter, Beatrice Barard. She is survived by: one brother, J.W. Douglas; two daughters, Loretta Flakes and Martha Ann Thomas; six grandchildren, Richard, Carmen, Michelle, Melissa, James, and Samir; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends
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