Douglas Mac Arthur “Boo Boo” Ealy
By Biko N. Poindexter-Hodge
No one exactly knows the exact hour or day of when his or her time has come to an end, or when God calls either his son or daughter to be home with him. But when the time comes, it is sad on the human aspect level, but it’s a joyous time for God and his angels because one of his children has answered his call and has come back home to be with him in internal glory.
Douglas Mac Arthur “Boo Boo” Ealy began his life’s journey on August 17, 1943. The world at this time was struggling with the ravages of World War II. He is the second son of Henry Ealy and Irma Williams. He attended Bush Elementary along with his brother in 1947. He then attended St. Monica’s Grade School in 1948.
His grandparents Nina and Charles Collins are the ones who provided him with the direction that led him to graduating from Xavier Prep High School in 1962. He graduated as a member of the Scholastic Coach’s 12 Annual All-American High School Track and Field Team. He was clocked at 9.5 in the 100-yard dash at the Dillard University-Esso track and field meet during the Spring of 1962. He earned a scholarship to Southern University where he led Southern to many victories in the Sprints and Relays over the next two years. He then joined the United States Army’s Third Armor Division in West Germany during the mid 1960’s as a Tank Commander.
He initially sought to make the Army a career. But with unresolved conflict in Vietnam, he was forced to leave after five years. Douglas returned to the United States with his loving wife Myra and their son Douglas, Jr. The young couple moved to Los Angeles around 1967 where Douglass soon found employment with the United Parcel Service. At the same time Douglass and his wife, Myra, were blessed with three more children, Corey, Bridgette and Keith. Douglass began taking classes at Los Angeles City College during the early 1970’s while he searched for his place in the Golden State. He would later find employment at Cal Tech.
By the mid-1980’s Douglas had started a new family with Vera. They were blessed with a set of twins, Christopher and Kristin. He entered into a life long relationship with the Blackhawks Motor Cycle Club in Pasadena. Bar-Q-Ologist and on many occasions dazzled us with his Ribs, Chicken and Seafood off the grill. His hobbies ranged from fishing to helping “His” Lakers with NBA Titles. Many of us were touched by his kindness, humanity and compassion. Others were entertained by his jokes and sense of humor. We were all the beneficiaries of his legacy. On July 19, 2010 Douglas was received into the bosom of our ancestors. His brother Henry, and his children survive him: Douglas, Jr., Corey, Bridgette, Keith, Christopher and Kristin. 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grand children and many family members and friends also survive him. He was also loved very much by his extended family as well. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 23, 2010 at 1:30pm at Angelus Crenshaw Chapel at 3875 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, California.
21″His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21)