Deacon Curley McDonald Jr.


Deacon Curley McDonald Jr. age 76, sunrise April 14, 1939 in Laurel, Mississippi and sunset May 6, 2015 at Grant Medical Center.  He is preceded in death by parents Curley Sr. and Hattie (Page) McDonald, wife Joan McDonald, and sisters Maxine Hollman and Earnestine McDonald.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving, caring, and devoted wife, Gail D. McDonald, mother Pauline McDonald, daughter Maiharriese Wooden, son, Terry E. McDonald, granddaughters Indiarriese McDonald, and Katrina Wooden, great granddaughter Somorah Wooden.  He is survived by siblings Albert (Samella) McDonald, Columbus, OH; Lillian Scott, Chula Vista, CA; James Allen (Diane) McDonald, Pittsburgh, CA; Betty (Eugene) Foster, San Diego, CA; Harry and Larry McDonald, Lima, OH; Diane (Rev. Raymond) Taylor, San Diego, CA; and Linda Hershey, San Diego, CA; 3 brothers-in-law, 5 sisters-in-law, 6 godchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Homegoing service 10:00am Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 720 Mount Vernon Ave where the family will receive friends from 9:00am until time of service. Rev. Otha Gilyard officiating.  Internment Glen Rest Memorial Estate. Arrangements entrusted to the Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Roger Bohn & Daniel Barber

    Curley will be sorely missed by all whose lives were made better simply by knowing him. His advice and guidance to many for whom he cared deeply no doubt provided them paths to productive futures.

    We in Olde Towne East will miss Curley very much and we offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    -Roger Bohn & Daniel Barber (Curley’s neighbors)

  2. Helen & Rich Moomjian

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Terry. You are in our prayers.

  3. Donald & Gerri Harper

    Deacon McDonald & Sister Joan served with us at Mt. Calvary baptist Church in Canton,Oh from 1983 until they left canton in 1993. We served together on the Deacon Ministry and were co teachers together in an Adult Sunday School class. May God bless the family with many memories of his contributions and life experiences. Don & Gerri Harper

  4. Tanya Sanders- McDay

    Diane, words can not express how much Curley has blessed my life. On my last visit with you and him, he was singing, I will Trust in The Lord. He is in no more pain now. You were a Blessing to him! I pray you will find strength in the memories!

  5. Deacon Ben McDay

    On behalf of the Shiloh Baptist Church Board of Deacons, we offer our Condolence to the family of our Brother in Christ. His presence on our Board as well as in our lives will be missed! We as Deacons are only servants thus if we can do

  6. Mr. & Mrs James E Hubbard Sr. & family

    Mia, Terry, and Family, You remain in our thoughts and prayers. May you see God in the faces of friends, hear Him in their voices, feel Him in the touch of their hands. May their help, caring and sympathy reflect at this time when you need Him most. With caring thoughts. Mr. & Mrs. James E Hubbard Sr. & family

  7. My condolences to your family… May John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21 :3,4 bring you comfort and hope

  8. Gail Y. Davis

    Indiarriese, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember your grandfather picking up my daughters (Ariane and Mallorie) for VBS I so much appreciated it. May God comfort you and your family at this time.

  9. Willie Heidelberg


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