ANNA, Ill --Lester McDonald, formerly of the Sikeston and Benton, Mo. area, passed away on Aug. 13, 2008, at City Care Center of Anna.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1922, in Double Springs, Ala., the youngest of nine children born to Francis Marion and Docia Olive Jackson McDonald. The family moved to the Sikeston area around 1930 where he met and married Blanche Alcorn on July 8, 1944. She survives. They had 3 children: Michael D. McDonald and special friend Charay Brewer of Anna, Sheila Ann Michael of Lake Park, Ga. and Tammy Sue Webb of Adell, Ga.
He leaves behind five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and one sister, Olivia McDonald Engram of Vanduser, Mo.
Mr. McDonald was a farmer most of his life, loved to fish but most of all loved to "make a deal". In his 20's he was known as the youngest mayor of Vanduser where he also ran a café. He and Blanche spent most Friday and Saturday nights on the dance floor at the Sikeston Eagles and recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Alton Otis McDonald, Olen Alban McDonald, Early Willis McDonald, Louis Amos McDonald, his sisters: Elma Edith McDonald Adams, Exie McDonald Galemore and Mary Isla McDonald Nettles.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Nunnelee Chapel with Rev. Dale Huff, pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Dongola, officiating.
Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Morley, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Eric Colombo, Daran McDonald, Trey Wilson, Brad McDonald, Duke McDonald and Richard Webb.