Alexander Funeral Home-East Chapel

2115 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN


Ora Donetta Epperson

September 21, 1939March 18, 2020

Ora Donetta Epperson, whose embodiment of loving kindness was a gift to all who knew her, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Donetta’s radiant spirit and personal integrity will be remembered by all who encountered her professionally through the construction business and as founder of Landmark Realty & Development, as well as those in Evansville and beyond to whom she was an ever supportive and inspiring friend. She was a founding member of the Evansville Dance Theater and the Musicians Club and served on many boards and committees. She had a servant’s heart and was always eager to help make the world a better and happier place. She loved being with her family and friends enjoying great food, great music, and great conversation. She loved learning and was always researching something new. She was loaded with energy and light and moved through life in HARMONY and with a joyful spirit.

She is survived by her son, John Epperson, daughters, Stacy Stevens and Jessica Epperson-Lusty (Paul), granddaughters, Grace, Mercy and Ella and brother, Paul Bertrand Powell.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Paul and Ella Powell and her sister, Carolyn Cravens.

A celebration of her life will be held at Alexander East Chapel on May 9, 2020. Condolences may be offered online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.


  • John Epperson, Son
  • Stacy Stevens, Daughter
  • Jessica Epperson-Lusty (Paul), Daughter
  • Grace, Mercy and Ella, Granddaughters
  • Paul Bertrand Powell, Brother


9 May

A Celebration of Life

Alexander Funeral Home-East Chapel

2115 Lincoln Ave
Evansville, Indiana 47714


Ora Donetta Epperson

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Mary Lou Sarmiento

March 24, 2020

Stacy and Grace
My sincere condolences on the loss of your believed mom and grandma. She obviously was a special lady and we all enjoyed hearing of your amazing life together. Your memories are precious, unique and something you will always have. They will be the most special gift from which you can draw strength and continue to share in Donetta’s life .
Prayers are with you, your family and Donetta as she begins her new journey...
Love you - Mary Lou

Tina Murphy

March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020
Donetta was my precious friend and the most "Christ-like"
person I knew. She loved her friends and family, and few things brought her more joy than to gather, share good food and conversation. Donetta has left us physically but we still have a spiritual connection. I will miss her sweet presence every day of my life.

Sharon Goodman

March 22, 2020

I remember Donetta as an charming and lovely friend. For a time in the 1970's she and I belonged to the same Bible study group and I admired her vitality and faith.

After we moved out-of-state I lost contact with her, but Donetta has a permanent place in my memory.

My condolences to her family. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace.

Peter Swaim

March 22, 2020

Stacy, our sincere sympathies on your mother's passing. May God Bless her Spirit, lead her to everlasting life, and comfort all your family during this difficult time. Prayers and comforting vibes headed your way.

Diane Gore Triplett

March 22, 2020

I met Donetta through my parents years ago when her husband, Jay, and my father were developing subdivisions & building houses in Newburgh, Indiana. Donetta always looked beautiful, classy, & confident. I know she raised one of the most beautiful, loving humans I know, her daughter Stacy who will carry on her legacy. I’m so very sorry for your loss. It’s a huge one.

Michelle Hudson

March 22, 2020

I am so very sorry to all of Donettas family and friends please know that you are not alone. Donetta, your mother, friend and mentor to many meant a great deal to all of us and though we can not be there for you today we will be May 9. In the meantime I will pray for you and I will pray that you know how sad we all are.

Sue Hardesty

March 22, 2020

Met Donetta and Jay at Grace Baptist Church. We bowled on church bowling league. with 2 other couples. Would take turns after bowling going to each others home for snacks and fellowship. Donetta was always sweet, had a smile and hug for everyone. Very stylish lady. Very sorry for this big loss in your family...Some good memories of her. Love and Prayers, Don and Sue Hardesty

Harris Howerton

March 22, 2020

Stacy. It was a pleasure to see your mom at our recent CE class.
I am deeply saddened by the news that she has passed. I have always admired her " place" in the history of the industry that she so loved. Real Estate. She will be missed by many, and always revered as one of our finest Realtors, and person, our community has had to offer. My best to you, and your family.
Harris Howerton

david woll

March 22, 2020

She was gracious, charming, thoughtful ,vivacious and a friend.

Jean Putnam

March 22, 2020

I remember meeting Donetta for the first time when Stace and I were roommates at Purdue. She was one of the most beautiful women I had ever met, but what was astonishing was her inner beauty, gentleness, genuine kindness, and love she showed me as a friend of her daughter. This is how she treated everyone. Stacy, I always loved the relationship and respect you had for her. My sincere condolences. May God wrap his arms around you and grant you peace. We sure know Donetta’s in heaven - her love of the Lord was obvious. Stacy, John and Jessica - much love.
Jean, Joel, and Audrey Putnam