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John "Edward" Doughty
June 23, 1933 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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John "Edward" Doughty, Sr., 90, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 23, 1933, in Martins Ferry, OH, a son of the late Walter E. and Ann Doughty.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Helen M. (Yalen) Doughty, and his sons, John (Ann) Doughty Jr of Hedgesville, WV, and David Doughty of Richmond, IN. A brother, Raymond (Peach) Doughty of Yorkville, and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Growing up during the Great Depression as a child from a large poor family in the steel manufacturing town of Martins Ferry, Ohio, had its challenges. Few options were available to escape from the harsh realities of everyday life. However, the one thing Ed found abundant during the Depression was his imagination. His escape was to pick up a pencil and start drawing.
The Depression ended, but not Ed's passion for sketching and painting. Ed was in the eighth grade when the local hometown newspaper, Times Leader, first noticed some of his artistic abilities for the Christmas murals he rendered on the Central School windows and chalkboards.
Ed became a Carpenter and Cabinet Maker as an adult, but his passion for sketching and painting remained. Throughout the years, he developed a distinct style for realistic oil painting. Later in life, Ed combined his artistic abilities with his carpentry and cabinet-making skills by creating thousands of wood carvings and miniatures.
Some of Ed's more prominent works have been his miniature creations of former and existing historically significant structures throughout the Ohio Valley Region. Some of the former structures are the Bridgeport-Wheeling Island Covered Bridge and the Hilltop Two-Room School House. Existing structures include the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Oglebay Mansion, and Monument Place, also known as Shepard Hall. The subject matter and range of his paintings and wood art are endless. The work includes Civil War cannons and caissons, covered bridges, locomotives, stagecoaches, Conestoga wagons, antique fire engines, horses, and even Queen Elizabeth's golden carriage.
During the course of the years, Ed has worked on commissioned projects, and his work has been on display throughout the Ohio Valley and West Virginia. Some of his more notable commissions and showings are:
• The Oglebay Mansion and Monument Place miniature creations currently on display at Oglebay Mansion Museum
• Former displays at Stifel Fine Arts Center
• A tour of his Wheeling Suspension Bridge miniature throughout West Virginia
• The multi-war memorial on the waterfront in Wheeling, West Virginia
Currently, there is a display of his work located in Bellaire Library.
Ed retired from carpentry but never gave up on the artistic pursuits he started so many years ago during those Great Depression years. He resided with his wife Helen in his lifelong hometown of Martins Ferry, doing what he loved most: painting art in the wintertime and building miniature woodworks in the summertime.
According to Ed's wishes, there will be no visitation or private interment. A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. Wilson Funeral Home Heslop Chapel 415 Walnut St. is assisting the family.