Roy Franklin Donell
October 23, 1938 – August 15, 2019
Roy Franklin Donell, age 80, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Raleigh General Hospital. Born on October 23, 1938 in Willis Branch (Fayette County), WV, he was the son of the late William Clarence and Flossie Mae Kidd Donell.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Peggy Donell, Jessie Deal and her husband, Oscar, Maxine Leinbach and her husband, Larry, Naomi Lively, and Linda Foster and her husband, David; brothers, Robert Donell and his wife, Ethel, William “Joe” Donell and his wife, Flo, William “Bill” Donell, James “Jim” Donell, and Douglas Donell.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Roberts; grandchildren, Erica Williams and Sarah Roberts; great-grandchildren, Bentley, Laycee and Carter; his sister, Sue Lafferty; his sister-in-laws, Dixie Donell and Sharon Donell; his loving companion for over 26 years, Dorothy Sue Allen; Dorothy’s children, Robbie Rose and his wife, Sue, Gina Harvey and her husband, Keatts, and Serena Hamb and her husband, Ross; Dorothy’s grandchildren, Jonathan Rose, Kristina Rose, Christopher Hamb, Caleb Hamb, Zachary Harvey and Stephanie Hamb; Dorothy’s great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Connor, Drake and Ian; and his many nieces and nephews.
Roy was a retired coal miner and loved wood working. He was a master of the game of checkers and was known as a “comedian” and a “great story teller” among his family and friends. Roy loved and cherished his family.
The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:00 pm, Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 pm in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Jonathan Humphrey officiating and Chris Hamb “Preacher Man” reciting the 23rd Psalm. Gravesides service will follow the in Pax Community Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com. Blue Ridge Funeral home & Crematorium has the honor of serving the family.
- Visitation Thursday, August 22, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 22, 2019
Roy Franklin Donell
August 20, 2019
Kim and Family,
Our deepest condolences to you all for the loss of you dad and grandpa. We pray that the Lord gives you all strength during this time and afterwards and may you find comfort in knowing that he is present with the Lord now.
We love you and will be praying for you all!
Michele, Frank, and Livi
Rick " Jody" Anderson
August 18, 2019
Mr Roy you will be missed dearly. We have watched your struggles and seen your triumphs. You have finally won your battle with sickness and gained your wings to soar the heavens. I have known you since my teen years and always had love and respect for you sir.
I will pray for peace and comfort for all who loved and cherished you.