Marion Douglas, a native son of Arkansas and a member of one of the oldest families of the state, served as tax collector of Benton County, discharging his duties with a sense of conscientious obligation that made his record a most commendable one. He was a native of Benton County and spent his life here,
He was born on the 31st of October, 1872. His parents were T. H. and Emily (Morrison) Douglas, the former a native of Tennessee, while the latter was born in Benton County, Arkansas, where their marriage occurred. The father devoted his life to the occupation of farming and during the Civil War became a soldier in the Confederate army, participating in the battle of Wilson's Creek and other notable engagements. Mrs. Douglas was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, while he was affiliated with the Christian church, and his political allegiance was given to the democratic party. He departed this life in February, 1907, at which time the mother continued to reside on the home farm. In their family were seven children.
In the schools of Benton County Marion Douglas acquired his education and on starting out in life for himself he took up the occupation of farming. In 1896 he moved to Bentonville and devoted his life to public service, first filling the office of deputy county clerk, while later he was made county clerk and for eight years was the incumbent in that position. He later acted as tax collector of Benton county and his long retention in public office is indisputable proof of his ability and trustworthiness.
On the 30th of November, 1902, Mr. Douglas was united in marriage to Mrs. Emily Pace, a native of Texas. When but three years of age she was brought to Arkansas by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper. Mr. Pace, her first husband, was born and reared in Tennessee and devoted his attention to farming until his life's labors were ended in death. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas became the parents of six children.
The family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, South. Mr. Douglas was a staunch democrat in his politics views and an active worker in the ranks of the party. His fraternal connections were with the Knights of Pythias, of which he was a past chancellor, and with the Masons, in which order he took all of the degrees up to and including the commandery, being a past eminent commander. He was a past master of his lodge, a member of the York Rite, and was also connected with the Shrine. In public affairs he took an active and helpful interest, doing effective service for the public good, and his sterling traits of character won for him the respect and goodwill of a large circle of friends. Mr. Douglas died Jan 4th, 1955 and is buried in the Bentonville Cemetery.
Adapted from the Centennial History of Arkansas, 1922.