By Adrienne Hymes
Good morning everyone and Happy Father’s Day. I am honored to have this time to tell you about my father, Dr. Cromwell C. Douglas. My father was a general practitioner for over 47 years in the Norfolk, VA area. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and leader at Grace Episcopal Church in Norfolk for over 60+ years.
One of my fondest memories of my father was when I was a kid. I would peek in his room and he’d be on his knees in prayer. He taught me when to kneel, when to genuflect, and when to cross my heart, and how to sing and read the hymns and all of the traditions of the Episcopal Church. My father recruited and hired the last and current ministers of Grace Episcopal Church, Father Joseph Green and Father Harold Cobb respectively. Ross knew my daddy from Diocesan Council meetings. Good Shepherd and Grace Church are in the same Diocese.
I remember my father gave our old house to Grace Church and when I asked him why? He said, ” they need it to help the poor.” When patients could not pay my father – he would accept live chickens, eggs, fruits and vegetables for pay (which my mom did not like too much). Service and Stewardship are the two principles I learned from my father. He would always close a prayer by saying, “Lord help us to be mindful and respect the needs and rights of others.” I am thankful God gave my father to me for a part of his 92 years on earth. –Happy Father’s Day Daddy– I Love You.