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Douglas County Hall of Fame, Class of 2005 Inductees


The Douglas County Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize citizens and former citizens of Douglas County who led a life of accomplishment, and who were recognized Nationally for their achievements in their chosen field. The Hall of Fame will be increased annually with new inductees.

The Hall of Fame is located in the Old Douglas County Courthouse.

Ray Eberle
  • Singer, actor, bandleader, entertainer
  • Born January 19, 1919, in Mechanicsville, NY
  • Died August 29, 1979, Douglas County
  • Lead singer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1939-42
  • Formed the Ray Eberle Orchestra in 1943
The Glenn Miller Orchestra has 31 Top Ten hits. Ray Eberle is featured on "Careless", "When You Wish Upon a Star", "Imagination", "Fools Rush In (Where Angles Fear to Tread)", "Blueberry Hill", "Moonlight Cocktails", and Polka Dots and Moonbeams".

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has 11 Top Ten hits. Ray Eberle is featured on "You and I", "Elmer's Tune" (with the Modernnaires), and "At Last".

1941 - "Sun Valley Serenade" with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
1942 - "Orchestra Wives" with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Musical
1943 - "Honeymoon Lodge", "Hi, ya, Sailor", "Mr. Big", and "Follow the Band"
1944 - "This is the Life" with the Ray Eberle and His Orchestra

Late 1940s - 1960s
Toured with the Ray Eberle "Serenade in Blue" Orchestra; joined Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly, Jr., and the Modernnaires for reunion concerts; made television appearances; and performed concerts

Harold "Red" Palmer
  • Self-taught, world-recognized expert in wildlife conservation who lead a team of other wildlife experts in the development of basic animal disease research and wildlife conservation
  • Born September 7, 12914, in Meigs, Georgia
  • Died May 15, 2000, Douglas County
  • Inventor of the tranquilizer gun
  • Palmer system makes it possible to immobilize, immunize, and deliver medications to wild and domestic animals without harm to animal or man
Purchased 600 acres of land near the Chattahoochee River in Douglas County and names it "Palmer Village"

- Appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" with his Cap Chur gun with artist Salvador Dali in a segment on bullet painting. The painting was sold before the show ended for $30,000
- John Wayne and the producers of the film "Hatari" brought Red in as advisor and wildlife expert for the movie
- Featured in Georgia history textbooks for 5th and 6th graders
- Visited over 116 countries
- Assisted with the production of the television show "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"
- Featured numerous times in "Reader's Digest", "The Wall Street Journal", and Atlanta newspapers

Mae Louise Suggs
  • golfer, author, teacher, founder of the Ladies Professional Golf Association
  • Born September 7, 1923, Lithia Springs, Georgia
  • Resides now in Florida
  • Father was the owner of the Atlanta Crackers, the first professional baseball team in Atlanta, having been a professional baseball player himself. He later designed and built golf courses.
  • Her talent for golf was discovered and developed by her father.
  • Ms. Suggs was a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
  • Ms. Suggs turned professional in 1947, retired in 1962, and won 11 major Women's golf tournaments and 50 LPGA events.
  • In 1961, Ms. Suggs got the chance to prove her theory that women golfers could compete against men when given a fair chance to go tee to green in one stroke. In a mixed game held in Palm Beach, Florida, Ms. Suggs triumphed over 5 professional women and 12 professional men, including Sam Snead and Lew Worsham.
  • In 1954, she wrote "Par Golf for Women".
  • In 1960, she wrote "Golf for Women".
  • In 1989, she was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

Tournament Wins
1940 - Georgia State Amateur Championship
1941 - Southern Amateur Championship
1942 - Georgia State Amateur Championship, North and South Amateur Championship
1946 - North and South Amateur Championship, Western Amateur Championship, Western Open, Titleholders
1947 - Southern Amateur Championship, Western Amateur Championship, Western Open, US Women's Amateur, Southern Amateur Championship
1948 - North and South Amateur Championship, British Amateur Championship, Curtis Cup Team Member
1948 - Turned Professional, Belle-Air Open
1949 - US Women's Open, Western Open, All-American Open, Muskegon Invitational
1950 - Chicago Weathervane, New York Weathervane
1951 - Carrollton Open, US Women's Open
1952 - Jacksonville Open, Tampa Open, Stockton Open, US Women's Open, All-American Women's Open, Betty Jameson Open
1953 - Tampa Open, Betsy Rawls Open, Phoenix Weathervane (tie), San Diego Open, Bakersfield Open, San Francisco Weathervane, Philadephia Weathervane, 144-hole Weathervane, Western Open
1954 - Sea Island Open (The Cloister), Titleholder's Championship, Betsy Rawls Open, Carrollton Open, Babe Zaharias Open
1955 - Los Angeles Open, Oklahoma City Open, Eastern Open, Triangle Round Robin, St. Louis Open
1956 - Havana Open, Titleholder's Championship, All-American Open
1957 - LPGA Championship, Heart of America Invitational
1958 - Babe Zaharias Open, Gatlinburg Open, Triangle Round Robin, French Lick Open
1959 - St. Petersburg Open, Titleholder's Championship, Dallas Civitan Open
1960 - Dallas Civitan Open, Triangle Round Robin, Youngstown Kitchens' Trumball Open, San Antonio Civitan
1961 - Royan Poinciana Invitational, Golden Circle of Golf Festival, Dallas Civitan Open, Kansas City Open, San Antonio Civitan, Golden Circle of Golf Festival
1962 - St. Petersburg Open

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