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Donald "Donny" Truett Tunnell

11 April, 195017 February, 2021
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A funeral service will be held for Donald “Donny” Truett Tunnell, 70, of Canton at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Eubank Funeral Home, Bro. Billy Smith and Bro. Jay Barnes officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Donny passed away peacefully at home on February 17, 2021. He was born on April 11, 1950 to Edwin and Wyndolyn Tunnell in Grand Saline, Texas.

Donny grew up in the Van Zandt County area. He graduated from Grand Saline High School, class of 1970. On July 3, 1975, he married the love of his life, Teresa Morgan. They had 45 wonderful years together and raised three children, Shane, Tiffany, and Morgan. Donny was affectionately known as “Pappaw'' to his eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was a rancher and enjoyed anything outdoors; fishing, skiing, and gardening. On any given day he would be hauling hay and tending to his cows. He most enjoyed his tractors, even collecting miniature tractors and collecting pocket knives. He loved his dogs but his pride and joy was his family. Donny will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He is preceded in death by his mother, Wyndolyn Tunnell; grandparents, Dee Roy and Lillie Tunnell and Joseph and Gladys Reid.

Donny is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Teresa Morgan Tunnell of Canton, Texas; sons, Shane Tunnell and wife, Tiffany of Canton, Texas, and Morgan Tunnell of Canton, Texas; daughter, Tiffany Corry and husband, Mike of Grand Saline, Texas; grandchildren, Kelsey and husband Cody, Mikayla, Christopher, Caden, Piper, Johnny, Kiah, and Reagan; great grandchildren, Brooks and Lemon; his father, Edwin Tunnell of Grand Saline, Texas; brother, Eddie Tunnell of Grand Saline, Texas; sister, Kathy Sayers and husband, Don of Grand Saline, Texas.

Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery of Van Zandt County, Texas.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, 24 February , 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, 24 February , 2021

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Tiffany Corry

2 April 2021

Daddy battled heart problems since 1995 when he had his first heart attack at the age of 44. He was worried he wasn’t going to live long so he set a goal to see Morgan graduate high school because Morgan was only 2 at the time. Daddy has battled his CHF for years and it changed him over the years. Shane’s wife Tiffany said “I would have to say my best memory with Pappaw was that fact that he thought I “had connections” at the hospital. He thought I made phone calls for him to get the presidential suite and best nurses. I never had to heart to tell him that I didn’t do a thing. It just happened that way”.

Last year daddy wasn’t feeling well and barely got out of the his chair. He found out that his youngest granddaughter Reagan was on the way and he was always telling me to take care of myself and the baby. We talked several times about him getting to feel better because he was going to need energy to hold her.
When Reagan was born my daddy couldn’t wait to get his hands on her. He was always the first to grab her out of my arms when we walked into their house. The day before he passed while there was 7 inches of snow on the ground he asked “when are you going to bring my baby to see me”??
Daddy, I know you said the bumper cars are the best ride here, but I’m not so sure you would still say the same!

Tiffany Corry

2 April 2021

Daddy loved both of his great grandchildren. It made his day when he got to hold Lemon Kate for the first time.
Mikayla was his second granddaughter. She spent a lot of time with them when Christopher was born and in the hospital, he spoiled her rotten too. Mikayla said “My favorite memory of Pappaw is when he would push a couple of us kids on the two seater swing and say “to the moon!” as he pushed us towards outer space. I told him I was gonna be an astronaut and he told me I could do anything I wanted to and asked if he could come with me to the moon made out of cheese”. Christopher was his first grandson and he loved and spoiled him rotten. Are you seeing a pattern yet? Christopher said his favorite thing Pappaw taught him was how to drive. He said ”He always told me to keep it between the lines”. Caden was his second grandson and when he was little at Thanksgiving Daddy tried so hard to get him to say I’m Pappaw’s boy but Caden wouldn’t, Caden teased him and said I Daddy’s boy. Pappaw said well fine I’ll go hold Johnny instead. Caden quickly said I Pappaw’s boy. Caden said “ Pappaw was always encouraging every time before or after a football game he always cheered me on”. Piper was his third granddaughter. Piper said “she enjoyed looking at and talking about cows with Pappaw”. Pappaw passed on his love of animals to his whole family.
Johnny Truett was his third grandson. Johnny was named after his Pappaw and has always loved him and had a very special bond with his Pappaw. At 3 years old he was always begging to go to Mammaw and Pappaw’s house and even now he asks quite often. Johnny loves to go over to their house and talk about everything. Johnny said his favorite memory of his Pappaw was riding in the loud dually to the ranch with the windows rolled down. Kiah is his fourth granddaughter. Kiah said her favorite memory was Pappaw showing her the puppies.

Tiffany Corry

2 April 2021

Last year, Mike got a tractor and he said I’m taking the tractor to show your daddy. Daddy got to feeling a lot better the day Mike brought that tractor over. Last summer daddy helped teach Christopher how to rake hay.
Shane and I were fortunate to get to work with him for several years at our first jobs. We learned a lot those years. One thing I learned that I don’t think he even realized he was teaching, was that he was a daddy first. I remember several times this happening at work. I always called him Donny to be professional at work but several times I couldn’t get his attention when I needed his help with something, so I said Daddy and he always turned around and responded. That was something that I noticed when I was teenager that has always meant the world to me. He was a daddy first, we mattered to him, he was always there for us. Daddy taught Shane and Morgan how to do so many things. They are both like a jack of all trades. Morgan favorite memory was fishing with Daddy at Eddie Paul’s tank.
Daddy was a Great role model. Daddy always tried to guide us in the right direction although many times we didn’t listen. He was always there for us anytime we needed him, many times we didn’t even have to ask. If I had a problem, he had a solution. Daddy always loved having his grandkids to stay with them. Kelsey was his first granddaughter, he spoiled her rotten when she was little. Kelsey said “her most favorite memory was watching the top 20 count down. We would all sit and watch it, he taught me every singers name. I knew every song, and we would bet who would be #1. He helped me with my mispronounced “Kenny Chesney” so we just called him “Monkey with the hat on”. I couldn’t count to 100 at the time, but I could name you every country artist because he taught me. He also taught Brooks how to crawl, and walk after months of me trying to help him. He did it for Pappaw every time”.

Tiffany Corry

2 April 2021

Daddy was born premature on April 11,1950. As a kid he was very rambunctious from what Wyndol said. He met his match when he took something from Kathy and she chased him around the house with a tennis racket. He rode baby calves and did many other things, one was losing Ed’s keys in the field. He rode his scooter the Ping’s house everyday and she taught him to cook. In Daddy’s high school years he loved having his fast car and showing just how fast it could go. Daddy and Eddie loved comparing their cars. Daddy had many hilarious stories with him & Little Jim, and his old man!
Daddy and Momma met October 31,1974 at the bear grounds in Grand Saline when Momma threw water balloons at Daddy. They got married on July 3,1975, they were married for 45 years. He loved Momma and always wanted to take care of her. Momma said it was a Great honor to spend 45 years with the love of her life, she couldn’t choose just one memory.
They had 3 children together Shane the oldest son, Tiffany the favorite, Morgan the baby boy. Honestly, we always argue about who the favorite is because Daddy always made us feel as if each of us was the favorite. They were blessed with a daughter in law Tiffany who married Shane, and a son in law Mike who married Tiffany. Confusing right😂. They were blessed with 5 granddaughters and 3 grandsons, 1-great grandson and 1-great granddaughter. Daddy loved his family! We didn’t always have to say I love you because we knew it, he showed us he loved us, though it was nice to hear.
Daddy was a hard working man!
Daddy loved to haul hay. Shane said “ If I had to come up with one favorite memory I had with Daddy it would be him teaching me how to drive while hauling off trash to Dadder Reid and Ping’s house. I also truly enjoyed the time I spent with him in the hay field. He taught me how to haul hay and it turned into something I love”. Daddy was a rancher for many years. Daddy loved tractors and hay baling.

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