GRAND COTEAU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Larry Gilbert Douglas, will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the church located at 174 Church Street in Grand Coteau. Interment will be held at a later date.
Larry Gilbert Douglas passed away at 70 years old after a 9 1/2 year battle with breast cancer on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Betsy Coke Douglas; his sister, Gail Douglas Dauterive; his two children, Rachel Douglas Ducharme (Scott), Kyle Wade Douglas (Gretchen); his grandchildren, Ashton Joshua Strohmeyer, Wes Daniel Douglas and step-granddaughter, Sydney Lillian Ducharme. He is also survived by one niece, five nephews, two sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Turner Douglas and Evelyn Kubes Douglas.
Larry was a New Orleans native and a lifelong resident who moved to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2005. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1964. During this time, his journey with his faith strengthened while teaching catechism to younger students. He also volunteered his time for many charitable causes earlier in life thru his membership in the Jaycees and The Knights of Columbus. He served his country proudly in the Navy during the Vietnam War onboard the submarine, USS Bream. Larry worked for over 25 years for K&B Drugs Corporate office located at Lee Circle. He began his career as a programmer and eventual Director of the IT department and was later promoted to Vice President. After K&B sold, he went on to acquire his MBA from Tulane University at 58 years old and later received his internal auditor certification. After receiving his MBA he was invited to join the teaching staff at Tulane where he enjoyed teaching prior to his relocation to Lafayette after Hurricane Katrina. Larry served on the Board of Directors for Holy Cross High School and was involved in the relocation of the new campus construction post Hurricane Katrina. For the last 12 years he has worked as an international internal auditor for Newpark Resources. His position allowed him the opportunity to enjoy his love for worldwide traveling. Larry was known by all for his strong love and faith in God, his family and his kind demeanor. He was devout in his faith attending mass weekly, serving as a Eucharist Minister to the sick, a church lector and a weekly participant in 24 hour vigil services at his church's adoration chapel. Larry very much enjoyed yearly retreats at Manresa. His courage, gentle nature and boisterous laugh will remain forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Grand Coteau.
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on Larry's passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. We are forever grateful for Larry's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our Brother we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country."
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way." 2 Thess 3:16.
Larry Gilbert Douglas, US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.
Bill Dixon, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.
Bill DixonCary, NC
Betsy, so sorry for your loss, I worked with Larry for many many years at K&B played golf together. What a gentlemen's Gentleman. Larry would help anyone who came to him no matter what he had on his desk, he would push it aside and help us with our computer problems. I myself had breast cancer, been 3 and a half years, kind of know what Larry was going thru. May he rest in peace.
Raymond P KahrsSlidell, LA