03/22/05 — WOODROW I. McDONALD

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Woodrow Irvin McDonald, 87, of 1409 E. Maple St., died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Willie J. and Marcellus Darden McDonald. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

One of the earliest members of Jefferson United Methodist Church, he was the former Sunday School Superintendent and the head usher for many years.

Mr. McDonald was a member of the Wayne Masonic Lodge #112, where he just received his 50-year service award, and was a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Shrine.

He was a well-known salesman in Wayne, Duplin and Johnston counties and helped his grandson establish Lee, Inc. of Goldsboro in 1995.

He was a "Mall Walker" for over 20 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II.

The funeral will be held today at 4 p.m. at Jefferson United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Doug Johnson officiating. Burial, with Masonic rites, will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Virginia M. "Jink" McDonald; one son and daughter-in-law, Mount Olive Town Manager Irvin Ray Sr. and Norma Carole McDonald of Mount Olive; two grandsons, Irvin Ray McDonald Jr. and his wife, Catherine, of Mount Olive, William Michael Lee McDonald and his wife, Dawn, of Goldsboro; three great-grandchildren, Mollie Catherine McDonald, Clayton Lee McDonald and William Michael McDonald Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m., and other times at the home at 1409 E. Maple St., Goldsboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 1100 Jefferson S., Goldsboro, NC; or to the Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.


Published in Obituaries on March 22, 2005 1:55 PM