YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – A home going celebration in honor of Mr. Roy W. Donaldson will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church in Youngstown.
Mr. Donaldson Jr. departed this earthly journey on Monday, March 9, 2020.
Mr. Donaldson, who is known to his family and friends as “Willie Roy” was born October 24, 1948 in Albany, Georgia, a son of Roy and Eva Mae Cox Donaldson.
He was a 1967 graduate of The Rayen School and was formerly employed with U.S. Steel, Humphry’s Auto Shop and Ace Lumber. He dedicated his time to young people by coaching little league football and mentoring. He drove the van for Union Baptist Church where he served faithfully until he was no longer able to do so.
Roy opened his heart and his home to countless children in the community and also he also served the community as a foster parent. His kindness will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Darlene Lynch Donaldson of 38 years; his children, Anthony (Faye) Donaldson, Rev. Kenneth (Rosalyn) Donaldson, Roy Donaldson III, Tonya (DeMario) Donaldson Ridgeway, Corey (Lisa) Phillips, Tony (Sonya) Lynch, Tonia and Katiea Lynch; his foster children, LaKia Harris, Emmanuel and Duane Nakim; his siblings, Willie C. (Carol) Donaldson; Dorothy Cross, Geraldine (Bobby) Brown; 28 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roy (R.L.) and Eva Mae Donaldson and sisters, Mary and Verline Donaldson
Arrangements handled by J.E. Washington Funeral Services.