Cedric Yohann Douglas was born August 12, 1959 to Charlotte (Wilson) Douglas and Frederick Douglas, Jr. Cedric lived his young life in Warren, Ohio with his three siblings: Detrice, Michael, and Chad, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends nearby. He graduated from Warren Western Reserve High School in 1977 and went on to Akron State in Akron, Ohio. He eventually transferred to DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio. He became a successful IT Software Developer and Subject Matter Expert for companies including Oracle. His career spanned for thirty-five years before recently retiring in 2023.
Cedric loved playing tennis and joined a club at Wolfe Park in Columbus, Ohio. He and his buddies traveled throughout the area to play in tournaments. When he moved to Jacksonville, Florida he loved playing doubles with his friends at Clanzel T. Brown Park.
Cedric relocated for a job to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001. While staying in a hotel, he saw an advertisement to attend First Baptist Church of Mandarin (now Hopewell Church). Shortly after visiting, he joined the church. He quickly began participating with his District and eventually became the President. He also found the love of his life at church. Cedric and Tanya married on April 19, 2003 at the church.
Cedric had an enormous heart and was generous, very outspoken, as well as the life of the party. He was a die-hard Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeye fan. Wherever he went, he would banter with anyone about his team versus their team. Cedric proudly wore his team’s paraphernalia just about everywhere.
Cedric’s other passion was mentoring kids. He enjoyed tutoring them in math, as well as teaching Sunday School at Hopewell Church. He loved sharing the Word with the youth.
He will be remembered for all the love and memories he shared with his friends and family. He and his wife, Tanya both enjoyed traveling and just having fun. They took their kids on vacations and to his family reunions. He also loved hanging out with their grandbabies and taking them to the beach and on vacations.
They would host parties and events with family and friends at their homes in Jacksonville, Florida and Baltimore, Maryland. They shared special moments celebrating birthdays, traveling, playing cards, and going to football games and to the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, Cedric transitioned to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Douglas; and his favorite uncle, Danford Wilson.
He leaves to celebrate his life by his wife, Tanya (Betts) Douglas; father, Frederick Douglas, Jr.; his children, Alerie Douglas, Cedric L. Douglas, Blair Douglas, Andre Hall and Aaron Hall; sister, Detrice Reddick (Derrick); brothers, Michael Douglas (Sheila) and Chad Douglas (Lorraine); grandchildren, Amaya Douglas, Averie Douglas and Selena Rocha; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Southside is serving the Family.