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“Donnie will be remembered for his smiling personality, friendly and outgoing sportsmanship, but most of all for just being Donnie. I have good...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Betty Coe Thompson - Russellville, KY

“I'm sorry for your loss. He was a good man. I'm sorry I was unable to attend the funeral. May the peace of God surround you at this time. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Leon Bratcher - Beechmont, KY

“Dear Joanna and family,So very sorry to hear about Donnie,s passing. He was friendly to everyone, with a wonderful smile like no other. Please know...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Alma Wood-Price - Simpsonville, KY

“Our hearts are heavy to hear of Donnie's passing. We sent Joanna and the family our deepest condolences and we pray you find a measure of comfort...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jacky and Martha Brumley, Sr. - KY

“I am so sorry for your loss Joanna. Donnie always had such a wonderful smile and good nature. I know he will be missed by all who knew and loved...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Dora Forsythe Hoffmann - KY

“Jo I am terribly sorry for your loss. I can't be there due to the fact our family will be in Salem, Ky for a cousins funeral Saturday.Ky for a...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Dorothy & Bill Carver - KY

“I was shocked to learn of Donnie's passing. I thought he was on the road to recovery.We have lost a good man and a good friend. My sincerest...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Thomas Johnson - Greenville, KY

“So sorry for your loss, I played softball & basketball against Donald. He was a warrior! Know there is nothing that will take away your sorrows &...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: David Adler - Brownsburg, IN


BEECHMONT – Donald "Donnie" McDonald, 77, of Beechmont, passed away on August 7, 2019, at Norton's in Louisville. He fought a very hard and difficult battle but won that battle and now resides in his eternal home in Heaven.

Donnie was born in Greenville, KY on October 5, 1941. He graduated in 1961 from Hughes-Kirk High School and was a star basketball player for the Tiger team. He was a retired coal miner and was employed at Kirkpatrick's Caney Creek Mine. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 56 years and was blessed with two children and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez McDonald; his grandparents, Tom (Willie) McDonald; and in-laws Leo (Alma) Tooley.

In spite of a mining accident that left him with only one arm, he remained very active and pursued many interests and hobbies, including basketball, baseball, softball, fishing, hunting, trap shooting, bee keeping, and UK basketball. In fact, he helped to coach the Wildcats to many victories from the comfort of his living room recliner. In 2014, he received state recognition by winning the Bee and Honey Sweepstakes blue ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair.

Donnie was best known as an accomplished sportsman and conservationist. In 1988, he won 1st place in Uncle Lee's Big Buck Muzzle Loader Contest with a winning score of 136.75. In 1992, he won 1st place in the Uncle Lee's Turkey Contest with a winning score of 71.11. Also in 1992, he was awarded the Boss Gobbler Award by the Central Chapter of NWTF with a winning total score of 72.94. He was instrumental in establishing the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Three Rivers Chapter and helped to organize the annual banquet for fifteen years. Additionally, he supported the hunters of tomorrow by helping to organize the annual JAKES' Day event. He was a Diamond Life sponsor for NWTF and served on the board for the Kentucky state chapter for several years. In the early 70's, he helped to establish a shooting range in Beech Creek and an archery range in Greenville. In 2001, he was awarded the Shelley Nickell Memorial Award for outstanding service in the restoration of wild turkey. In 2004, he was awarded the Roger Latham Sportsman Service Award for outstanding contribution to the American wild turkey and its conservation in Kentucky. Finally, in 2001, he received the prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award in recognition for being an outstanding sportsman in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In honor of this award, a brick with his name was added to the walk of fame at the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort, KY. A memorial tree will now be planted in the park there to honor his contributions to conservation.

Most importantly, he was a member of Leigh's Chapel Church where he looked forward to weekly worship services and fellowship with his church family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joanna Tooley McDonald; two children, Geroni (Seth) Porter and Rock (Tammy) McDonald, both of Beechmont; and five grandchildren, Logan, Skylar (Catherine), and Ridge (Karisa) Porter, and Landon and Leah McDonald.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 2:00PM at Leigh's Chapel Church, with Bro. Roger Wright officiating, assisted by Bro. Tony Shanks. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be Saturday after 10:00AM at Leigh's Chapel Church. Tucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.