Donald L. Ezell
July 16, 1950 – January 7, 2021
Donald Lamar Ezell was born the 4th of 8 children to Albert and Nona Ezell in Slocumb, Alabama on July 16, 1950. The family moved to Columbus when Donald was a young child. He grew up in the area, graduating from Jordan High School, and subsequently joining the United States Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam War. After returning to Columbus, he searched and found the love of his life, Patricia Huckelba Ezell. They married and he gained a daughter, Theresa Gore Sturges. They later added another daughter, Odona Ezell-Whiddon (Matt Whiddon). Donald's siblings include Grace Davis (Homer), Mildred Davis, David Ezell (Elsie), Roger Ezell, Paul Ezell, George Ezell, and John Ezell(Barbara). The joys of his life were his grandsons, Cayden Sturges, Jonah Whiddon, Micah Whiddon, and Levi Whiddon.
At the age of 16, Donald saved his money earned from odd jobs and walked from Nankipooh to Downtown Columbus and purchased a guitar and a book and taught himself to play. Over the next several years, he honed his skills to become a great guitarist and lead vocalist. For many years after returning to Columbus, he played in bands and clubs pursuing a music career while also going to school. He was eventually offered a record contract but after the first album expectations changed and he ended the contract. For many years he played with his family members, and in church, and instilled a love of music in his children and grandchildren. Through the years he taught guitar, learned to play mandolin, and tuned pianos. His music can be found on SingSnap, Fandalism, and YouTube.
Donald believed in helping others whenever possible. When he and Pat married, he also had a hand in helping raise her younger brother (David Huckelba) and sister (Faye Huckelba Feasel) who were still at home. Donald didn’t sit still much – often having multiple projects going on at one time. And when he wasn’t working, he enjoyed bowling, coaching softball, and being outdoors. Through the years, he taught his daughters to change the oil, check the fluids, and change a tire on a car. He was an avid fisherman and loved being on the water. He was also an adept handyman. D (as he was called by his grandboys) built catapults with his oldest grandson after he saw an episode of Phineas & Ferb. He also had an endless supply of batteries for every toy his grandboys brought over, and would often send them home with extra batteries for later. To his girls and his grandboys, he could fix anything he decided to fix.
Donald worked most of his life as an Office Equipment Technician, but upon retiring in 2013, he sought a position driving a school bus for Harris County Board of Education. He loved driving the bus and loved his children. His kids affectionately referred to him as Mr. Don or “Captain D”. He served faithfully and always on time until he fell ill with Mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure from time served in the US Navy.
He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, for to know him was to love him. But we have the great assurance of Heaven, as he was an avid believer in Jesus Christ. He loved God and his family and we look forward to seeing him again. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
The family will receive visitors beginning Monday afternoon, January 11 at Striffler-Hamby. An official visitation will be held Tuesday, January 12 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held at University Avenue Assembly of God on Wednesday, January 13 at 2pm, with graveside service to follow. Striffler-Hamby is entrusted with the arrangements. Funeral services will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/StrifflerHamby/
- Patricia Huckelba Ezell, Wife
- Theresa Gore Sturges, Daughter
- Odona Ezell-Whiddon (Matt), Daughter
- Cayden Sturges, Grandson
- Jonah Whiddon, Grandson
- Micah Whiddon, Grandson
- Levi Whiddon, Grandson
- Donald's siblings include Grace Davis (Homer), Mildred Davis, David Ezell (Elsie), Roger Ezell, Paul Ezell, George Ezell, and John Ezell(Barbara).
Visitation for Family and Friends
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Donald L. Ezell
Faye Huckelba Feasel
January 22, 2021
Donald was so special to me and my family. He was always there for us. After my divorce my brother in law was the one who did everything for me and my son that needed a man's touch. I can't even begin to start with memories there are so many. The main one I remember is, when we were little and so very poor he and my sister would come get us and get pritchetts seafood. The memories are endless. I will miss and honor the great man I know as my brother in law forever. I LOVE YOU D!
January 13, 2021
Theresa and Family,
My sincerest condolences dear friends with many thoughts and prayers. May your cherished memories bring you comfort. God bless you all with strength now and in the days ahead.
January 11, 2021
I met Donald in the Navy while we were stationed on the USS Borie DD-704. I heard someone singing country and playing guitar aboard the ship and went to check it out. He just had that sound that you know was a God given talent. I had been playing guitar for several years, but did not have one on board. Our ship docked in Rhode Island and we went to the pawn shop and I bought a guitar. From then on we played for anyone who would listen and Donald did all the singing. I couldn't sing a lick, but Don had a voice that was all country. After we were released from the Navy, we kind of went our own way until we got back in touch with each other. I can say this about Donald, I know he will be missed by anyone he came into contact with him. He was a very good friend to me and I know everyone that knew him will miss him. God bless his family for one day you will see him again in heaven.
January 11, 2021
I know I am not the first to say how sorry I am that you have lost the love of your life. I can not imagine how hard that must be. I am thankful that you have such a tight knit and dedicated family to be with at this time. I know that your family will get through this TOGETHER. It truly has been my honor to know and care for Mr Donald in the short time we knew each other. I enjoyed our talks and I hope that we can keep in contact. Love you all and I will be praying for you all. ❤
January 10, 2021
Pat, we are so sorry for the loss of your sweet husband Donald. May God bless and comfort you, Theresa, Odona, Matt and all the grandsons. Also Donald's sisters and brothers. We will miss him but we look forward to seeing him again one day. Today is our Mother's birthday and she is getting to spend it with her beloved son in Heaven. Our loss is Heaven's gain. We love you, Homer & Grace
January 10, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Donald was a great man I will always cherish the time I spent with him,He was everything a man could ever want in a Father in law.
January 9, 2021
Pat, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Donald. I know he suffered long but now he is at rest with God. Prayers are with you and the family!
Love , Linda Williams