Essie Donald

Published 10:40 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

VIDALIA — Service for Essie Donald, 88, of Vidalia, who died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Vidalia with Dr. Ralph Webber and the Rev. Wes Faulk officiating.

Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Young’s Funeral Home-Vidalia, LA.

 Mrs. Donald was a long time member of First Baptist Church-Vidalia where she taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for more than 50 years, she was also active in WMU and a member of the Vidalia Garden Club. She was owner operator of Donald Camper Village and served her community any way she could. She loved traveling with her children and grandchildren seeing the world.

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She was preceded in death by her parents Nat and Effie Taylor; her husband Johnnie L. Donald, Sr., a grandson, Joseph Higgins; a great grandson, Jonah Parker.

She is survived by a son, Johnnie L. Donald, Sr. (Brenda) of Vidalia, LA; daughters, Pam Higgins and (Jimmy) and Teressa Reynolds and (Eddie) both of Vidalia, and son, Gerard Donald and (Regina) of Baton Rouge, LA; grandchildren, Jim Higgins, Miranda Thibodeaux, Natalie Creel, Glen Donald, Rod Donald, Johnnie Ladd Donald, Jerry New, Keisha Fitt and Rebecca Parker; three sisters, Bonnie Ramsey of Columbus, GA, Joy McCulloch of Willis, TX and Jeri Booth of Houston, TX; and 24 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be, Jim Higgins, Glen Donald, Rod Donald, Ryan Thibodeaux, Jared Parker, David New, Billy Wayne Fitt and Johnnie Ladd Donald.

Honorary Pallbearers will be, Clair Shields, Jay Welch, Tommy Probst, Ken Young, Jamie Lawrence, Whest Shirley, Pat Gallaway, Pat Biglane, Vic Dalaillio and Chuck Mayfield.

 The family would like to give special thanks to Charla Knapp and Brenda Campbell, and Jessi, Grace, Irene and Penny, and staff of Camellia Hospice.

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