Obituary – Jerry L. Donald, Jr.

Jerry L Donald, Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee was called home by his Heavenly Father on March 29, 2014 at the age of 43, while on a business trip to Washington, DC.

There was a memorial service at 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 1 at Wilson Chapel at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis. Rick Hughes of Rick Hughes Evangelistic Ministeries, Cropwell, Alabama will officiate. The funeral services will be at First Baptist Church, Louisville, Ms on Wednesday April 2. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:30 PM with funeral at 3:00 PM. Clay Ward, Pastor of Pleroma Bible Church, Tullahoma, Tn will officiate.

Jerry was born in Louisville, Ms, May 12, 1970. He graduated from Winston Academy where he participated in sports and received many honors including “Mr. Winston Academy”. From Mississippi State University, he received his degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, serving as an officer. He was always fascinated with the medical area, so when he graduated he started to work as a pharmaceutical sales rep and later on became a member of the sales team of Medtronics at which time he won many sales awards. For the past three years he has been with Edwards Lifesciences specializing heart valve replacement. Once again, always pushing for #1, he excelled, winning many awards and trophies.

Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents; Mr and Mrs. W.A. Taylor Sr and Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Donald of Louisville, Ms. Survivors include his wife Danielle and his five year old daughter, Sophia of Memphis; his parents, Jerry and Jeanette Donald of Louisville, Ms and his two sisters, Deborah Johnson (Pete) and Cynthia Nowell (Hal) and five nieces and one nephew; Jade and Miles Johnson and Mackenzie, Darby, Hallie, and Neeley Nowell all of Louisville.

Jerry was a strong man who exuded kindness and found great joy in making the people around him happy. He maintained a positive attitude through any challenges placed before him, creating an aura of contentment that put everyone at ease. Jerry enjoyed life on every level. He created a beautiful life with Danielle and Sophia, both of whom he adored. Sophia was the light of his life. He was the greatest “girl daddy” and cherished every precious moment with her.

Jerry was described by his friends as one who could walk into a room and the room would “light up”; he was like a magnet when it came to drawing people to him. He was loved and respected by his friends and even competitors.

Most important part of his life is that he is a Christian. One of his friends related how he and Jerry just a week prior had talked about their salvation experience. He will be missed beyond words; but we know that today he is face to face with his Lord and Savior and one day we will join him.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to French Camp Academy, French Camp, Ms. First Baptist Church, Louisville, Ms., St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis or Baptist Children’s Village, Jackson, Ms.