McDonald paying it forward

From press reports

A love for fishing lead one resident to reach out and help his community.

Major Jewel McDonald was born in Louisville, Mississippi on November 1, 1915 one of thirteen children of Henry and Georgiana McDonald.

McDonald stayed until the age of twenty seven and at that time married Princeola Macon and moved to Cleveland Ohio and had three children (Barbara, Major, Jacqueline).

After retiring in 1980 McDonald returned to Mississippi where he truly loved to go fishing and hunting. Even during his working years; his vacation time was spent in Mississippi. After the death of his wife, McDonald married Brenda and they have one son, Brian.

Being such an avid fisherman, one year in 1987 he acquired more fish than the family could consume and decided to share with his church family, Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ. The following year this sharing was expanded to include seniors in the community. The event continued to grow over the next dozen years to include several churches and a larger community. Presently, this is a community event and three neighborhood churches; Pleasant Grove Methodist, Rocky Hill and Belmont Baptist along with other community members participate to help create a fish fry for all.

Each Labor day weekend since that time McDonald has spent his summer fishing to provide the best fish possible for the community fish fry. The event was held Saturday September 1 on Sims road at the picnic grounds.

McDonald who turns 97 in November looks for to the event and the fishing for the event.

McDonald who is almost an octogenarian also has three living siblings getting close to that title.: Georgia Williams age 97(Cleveland, Ohio); Ozola Eichelberger age 94 (Louisville, Ms.), and Mildred Bell age 93 (Sherman, Arkansas).