John Lee “Junior” Doughty

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John Lee “Junior” Doughty, Jr., 71, of Tullos, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.  He was born November 14, 1942, in Urania to the union of his parents, John Lee Doughty, Sr. and Georgia Hanes Doughty. Junior grew up in Tullos, and often proudly stated that he had “lived most of his life on the 120 acres his great grandfather had homesteaded  in 1907.” He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1960. In 1962, he enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a Fire Control Technician  aboard the USS Lawrence, DDG4. He operated and repaired the ship’s MK 118 guided missile computers until his discharge in 1966. Junior returned to Louisiana and in 1967 he began work for IBM as a Customer Engineer repairing and maintaining computers out of their Alexandria, Louisiana offices. In 1976 he opened the Azalea Convenience Store in his hometown of Tullos. In 1995, Junior graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor  in anthropology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In 1997, Junior launched a website devoted to Mississippi Delta Music and Culture. He did so as a way to share his deep love of blues music and as a way to chronicle his journeys along the “blues highway.” “Junior’s Juke Joint” www.deltablues. net, became that and more. In 1997, Junior proudly assisted with and was featured in the YellowCat Productions documentary “Juke.” In 2000, CNN featured Junior and the website in the segment “A Virtual Journey Through Juke Joints.” Additionally, the website would go on to win several accolades, among them The Smithsonian Institutions’ National Anthropological Archives  “Most Entertaining Online Ethnography,” August  2002. Through the site, Junior made several life long friends and was provided both a local and worldwide stage for his expertise and knowledge of the subject. He served on a number of grant award committees and gave several presentations on the subject to local groups. Among his favorites was a presentation  given to a local Boy Scouts of America troop about music and the local roots of blues. Junior was also webmaster at “The Frugal Outdoorsman” www.castbullet.com where he shared his abiding love of the outdoors, hunting,  shooting sports and the art of reloading ammunition. An amazing chef, he also shared a great number of his favorite recipes there as well. Junior was widely known as a passionate and gifted storyteller. Whether in written or oral form, his innate ability to bring the listener or reader along with him on the journey was a joy. His gift for writing led to his  being asked to co-teach a creative writing course at the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. It became one of the most popular online courses  ever offered by the university affording Junior the opportunity over the course of the 19 classes he co-taught to mold and nurture the writing of hundreds of students. His enthusiasm for the students and their writing was evident and he was looking forward  to beginning his 20th class
this January. Junior leaves behind a host of friends and family who will miss him sorely. His lasting legacy will be the love, friendship and knowledge he bestowed upon them while he was here. Services were held at 2
p.m., Saturday, July 5, from the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Interment will follow at Chalk Hill Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. Junior is preceded in death by his parents, and his nephew, David Scott Doughty. Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Doughty Ganey and husband, Mike of Tyler, Texas; his sister, Kathryn Doughty Tyler of  Tullos; his brothers, Robert
A. Doughty and wife, Diane of Natchitoches, and David W. Doughty and wife Gayle of Columbia; his beloved granddaughter, Claire Ganey; his nephews, Chad Doughty and wife Nikki of Tullos, Mike Doughty of Brooklyn, 
New York, and Kevin Doughty of New York, New York; and great nephews, Haden Doughty and Beau Doughty of Tullos. Pallbearers were Mike Allbritton, Bruce Bonneau, Mike Doughty, Mike Ganey,  Jonathan Hardin and Henry Maxwell. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Doughty, Larkin Jones and Glen Roark. Memorials may be made in Junior’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3445 N. Causeway Blvd, Suite 902,  Metairie, LA 70002; or The Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley, P.O. Box 459, Clarksdale, MS 38614.    
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