A memorial bridge dedication to honor a prominent Gainesville resident will take place Saturday at the Hootin’ an Hollarin’ festival.
State Representative Lyle Rowland sponsored a bill to designate the Route 160 bridge over Lick Creek in Ozark County the “Barney Douglas Memorial Bridge.” The bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon late last month.
Barney Douglas worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation in Mountain View, 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.
After the war, Douglas returned to southern Missouri and MoDOT. He retired as an area supervisor of 4 maintenance facilities in 1981.
In addition to his 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.
Douglas passed away in 2012 at the age of 95, leaving a legacy of community service.
The bridge dedication will take place in conjunction with the Citizen of the Year Award ceremony Saturday on the main stage of Hootin’ an Hollarin’ in Gainesville.