2013-03-13 / Obituaries


Bryant “Red” McDonald Jr., 88, died March 17, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 9, 1924. He served in the Navy in World War II, of which he was most proud. He was a member of the Stave Creek Baptist Church in Jackson, where he served as a deacon and as an inspiration to many. Red volunteered with the Kingdom Builders assisting those who needed wheelchair ramps until recently.

He was an active listener, always ready to help others encouraging them to follow God’s way. For many years he worked in hardware and made many lifelong friends. He was known for his generosity, kindness and loving ways toward all.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Evelyn Reeves McDonald. Though not by birth, his children, Patricia Mueller, Hampton, Va., Mike Reaves, Coffeeville, Mary Holcomb, Cabot, Ark., Carol Love, Mansfield, La., will miss his love and support; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his nephews and nieces, Elwood “Sonny” Overstreet Jr., Alma, Joe F. Overstreet, Leroy, Darrell Overstreet, Jackson, Patricia Shipp Overstreet, Prattville, Sandra Shew, Brenda Baswell, James W. “Bo” McDonald, all of Bessemer.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann; parents Mr. and Mrs. Bryant McDonald Sr.; brother, James Willie McDonald; and sister, Louise M. Overstreet.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour at 11:30 at Stave Creek Baptist Church with Revs. John William “Bill” Ellis IV, pastor and  Huey Denton officiating.

Interment will be in the Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson under the direction of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.

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