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Linda Ruth Hutcherson McDonald

Published 12:05am Monday, April 14, 2014

FAYETTE — Funeral services for Linda Ruth “Lin” Hutcherson McDonald, 60, of Fayette, who died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at her residence, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hollywood Baptist Church in Fayette with the Rev. Sylvester Marshall Sr. officiating.

Burial will follow at Fountain Chapel A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Fayette under the direction of Spencer Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Linda Ruth Hutcherson McDonald was born to Sarah Alice Hutcherson and John Williams in Fayette. She graduated from Jefferson County High School, where she had many friends and acquaintences in the Class of 1971. After a brief job at AJFC in Fayette, Linda spent more than 31 years with the U.S. Postal Service, where she earned high acclaim as a comitted civil servant.

In June 1979, Linda married the love of her life, Robert McDonald, and from that day forward her life blossomed into an adventure of travel and residence in St. Louis, Fayetteville, N.C., Colonial Heights, Va., and Texarcana, Texas. Linda managed a family and a career while remaining active in several churches, beginning with Fountain Chapel in Fayette, Mount Olivet in Petersburg, Va., St. Paul and Union Hill in Texas and going full circle by returning to Fountain Chapel.

Linda’s love of God and life was evident in her many passions, which included thrift shopping, sewing, canning and gardening. She was the guardian angel of many, offering her time and resources to those in need. She loved gospel music and loved to sing. She found great joy in assisting the youth choir at Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church and Little Rock A.M.E. Church.

Her love of family was unsurpassed. She acted as the family historian, working tirelessly to keep the family connected with family reunions, family tree books and countless photos and visits. Linda had a no-nonsense spirit that was always firmly rooted in love, righteousness and charity. She was uncomplicated by nature, which allowed God’s light to shine brightly through her.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, three brothers and her grandson, Willie Hutcherson, Loiuse Hutcherson, Quilly Hutcherson, Leroy Sanders, Melvin Rowan and Thurman “Pip” McDonald.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Dr. Robert McDonald; three sons and two daughters, Tony McDonald and wife, Kelli, Terry Chambliss and Robert McDonald and wife Christina, Deadra Maxwell and husband Jay and Veronica Brown and husband Tommy; 12 grandchildren, Tony Jr., Jessica, Linda, Sojourner, Katrina, Tommy Jr., Imani, Christian, Danielle, Destiney and Isaac; four great-grandchidlren, Gabrielle, Nikkole, Brooklyn and Ayanna; two brothers and two sisters, James Rowan and wife, Armentha, Marvin Rowan, Willie Mae Riley and husband Edward, and Rosa Walters; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.