William Douglas, Doug Fernandes, 89, died April 10, 2016, in Pecos, Texas. He was born to JF and Dora Waddell Fernandes, January 16, 1927 in Odessa, Texas, the youngest of five children. He attended school in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High in 1945. He then went to Sul Ross, was on the rodeo team and was a founding member of National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, graduating in 1949 with a major in Range Animal Science. Summers he spent at the Fernandes Ranch in Winkler County. Because of the 1950's drought he came to Pecos in 1952, bought a farm and became a cotton farmer.
Services will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at 1st Baptist Church located at 5th and Hickory in Pecos, Tx with Dr. Kevin Mitchell and Rev. Clark Ford Officiating.
In 1953 he met Miss Emily Underwood from Honey Grove, Texas, a teacher at Pecos High School. They were married June 16, 1956, 60 years ago. Together they had two sons, William Douglas Jr. and Edward Street Fernandes. A cowboy who reared two cowboys.
At a young age he joined and was a faithful member of the Baptist churches in Odessa and Pecos. He was a member and past president of the West of the Pecos Rodeo committee from 1970-74, having the program dedicated to him in 1996. He served on the Pecos City Council, was a member and past president of the Rotary Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Frankie Dennison and Ruth Fernandes, and brother Pete Fernandes.
Doug survived by his wife Emily of the home and son Will and wife Nikki, his children Jess Anne Fernandes Lusby of Spearman, Texas, Ella Fernandes Lang of Monahans, Texas, and William Clayton Fernandes of Wink, and son Ed and wife Lisa and their son Will James of Pecos, as will as nine great grandchildren. His brother Larry Fernandes of Kermit, Texas and several nieces and nephews. They all adored their Papa.
The family especially thanks the staff of Pecos Nursing Home. They are a loving and caring bunch of people.
The family suggests, if friends are so inclined, that memorials be made to; Sul Ross RAS Exes, Rodeo Association, Rodeo Hall of Fame, First Baptist Church of Pecos, West of the Pecos Museum or charity of their choice.