Donald Ray French Sr., 83, of Jackson died Dec. 13, 2013.
He was born July 4, 1930 in Brooksville. He was the valedictorian of the J.B. Pennington High School Class of 1948. After his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, he graduated from Auburn University’s School of Pharmacy. He moved to Jackson in September 1963 where he owned and operated Jackson Drug Company until his retirement, remaining a pharmacist until the age of 80.
Survivors include three children, Donnie French, Kennesaw, Ga., Susan (Charles) Ledbetter, Meridian, Miss., Steve (Betsy) French, Birmingham; one brother, Wayne (Charlotte) French, Guntersville; three sisters, Bonnie (Red) Lynn, Sue Galbreath, all of Oneonta; Joyce Freeman, Pinson; two grandsons, William (Lauren) Ledbetter, Birmingham, Eric French, Kennesaw; five granddaughters, Melissa Ledbetter, Meridian, Miss., Alex French, Sally French, Lizzie French, Virginia French, all of Birmingham; step-granddaughter, Katie Davydova of Kennesaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frankie and Fred French; brother, Guy French; and granddaughter, Laura Ledbetter.
A memorial service was Dec. 15 at the Lemley Funeral Home in Oneonta. A remembrance service will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m., in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the Wounded Military programs at the Lakeshore Foundation, 4000 Ridgeway Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209.
The family would like to acknowledge the loving care given their father by Mitchell and Tanya Shoultz, Wesley (Lana) and Miranda Shoultz Ives, Parker and Bella. The compassion and care shown by the Shoultz family will always be deeply appreciated.