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Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home & Guilford Memorial Park

6000 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC

OBITUARY

Donald Ray Councilman

December 7, 1941June 13, 2020
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Donald Ray Councilman went home to be with The Lord on the morning of June 13, 2020. Born in Bertie County,NC on Dec 7, 1941 to John Ledford Councilman and Katie Hoggard Councilman. The family moved to Greensboro when Don was 5 yrs old. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1960. He remained in close touch with many of his high school friends. Jerry Dawson, Numa Andrews, Jane Maness and Ann Saferight held a special bond of friendship with Don that he cherished. On June 22, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Canter and she remained his wife and sweetheart for the next 59 years. Don attended High Point College and the Young Executive Institute in Chapel Hill. His career began at Carolina Steel in 1961, where he started out working in the warehouse. Twenty-eight years later, he left their employ as Sr. Vice President. He then helped found Precision Steel & Welding that continued for 9 years. In his retirement, he worked part time for Flow Lexus and enjoyed golfing with his buddies. Don was characterized by his ready smile and easy laugh. He was the consummate gentleman, always neat as a pin, mannerly and classy. He would define himself as the family provider and took that role very seriously. He loved his family so much and was a great husband, Dad and Papa. Brenda and Don were members of Lawndale Baptist Church. Dons spiritual walk was strengthened under that ministry and he enjoyed the blessings of fellowship with his church family. Don was preceded in death by his parents, John and Katie Councilman and his brother, Philip Councilman. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brenda Canter Councilman, sons Kenneth Todd Councilman (Kathy), and Jeffery Alan Councilman (Vicky). Grandchildren, John Archer Councilman, Jackson Reid Councilman, Olivia Grace Councilman, and step grandchildren, Zander and Greyson Gainey. Private family services will be held. He will be buried at Guilford Memorial Park. Don will lie in state at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon for friends to come by and pay their respects and sign his memorial book. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Don’s memory to Lawndale Baptist Church, 3505 Lawndale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27408 will be appreciated.

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  • Lawndale Baptist Church

Services

  • Mr. Coucilman will lie in state for friends to pay their repsect and sign memorial book on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Private family servivces will be held.

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Jackie Toomes Jones

June 21, 2020

Brenda, I am so sorry for your great loss. I will always remember Don as a good friend and have many happy memories from school and Morgan's Grocery Store. We have lost a perfect gentleman. I am sure that he is having his own reunion with many of his classmates. I pray that God's grace will comfort you and give you peace.

Rick Hodgin

June 18, 2020

Brenda and family, I am sorry for your loss but know that you will be reunited one day. I enjoyed knowing Don in high school and later with business dealings at Carolina Steel . Don was always pleasant, helpful and kind in school, on the athletic field and in work surroundings. I have many fond memories of Don and his wonderful personality, integrity and wisdom. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you all.

Ann and Lee Smith

June 17, 2020

Brenda, Lee and I are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. We have many memories of our times together. You and your family are in our prayers
With love

Ralph Neal

June 15, 2020

Don was a true gentleman who was very dedicated to his family, Christian Faith, friends and his work. He demonstrated his caring attitude to all he came in contact with - I never heard him make an inappropriate comment regarding others. Don will be missed.

Dennis Moore

June 15, 2020

What a wonderful man Don Councilman was. His laugh was so contagious and you could not help but laugh along with him. He has touched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed!

Jane Maness Kerr

June 15, 2020

Goodbye to a dear, sweet, kind man. I cherish our years of friendship, your warm smile, your humor (you always made me laugh), and all the memories of you. If Ann could speak, she would agree, but I feel the two of you now see each other again......what a reunion.

You are loved, dear friend.

Teresa O'Shields

June 15, 2020

Brenda; Todd; Jeff & Councilman Family;
My heart is saddened to hear of your loss. Don was a man of such great integrity. I had the great pleasure of working for Don while at Carolina Steel. It was a blessing to gleam from his knowledge and expertise in the steel industry. Don; actually gave me my first opportunity in the steel industry in purchasing. Because of Don; I am still in that industry today. Don; was a natural born leader! He always lead by example and integrity. Don was always professional, classy, hardworking and expected no less from those that worked for him. It was easy to follow Don's leadership, as he was always so polite; courteous and respectful. And if you knew Don, you knew he loved his family more than life itself. Brenda; you could walk in the room and you could see his face light up. Or he could talk about Todd or Jeff and that legendary smile would spread like wild fire, across his face. I am sure you will all miss him and so will many of us, that had the pleasure of knowing him. The Councilman Family will be in my prayers in the days, weeks and months to come. May God help you navigate this path, through this most difficult time.

Jerry Smith

June 15, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Don’s passing.
I worked with Don for many years at Carolina Steel. Don worked in the Service Center and I worked in the Structural Division. We had many good times together at the Christmas Parties as well as our working relationship at Carolina Steel. Don was always polite, understanding, honest. RIP Don, truly a great friend.

Brenda Beck

June 15, 2020

Brenda, I was so sorry to read about Don. He was a great guy and I know you
will miss him terribly. The obituary was so well done.....described him perfectly
My Thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to see you soon. Brenda

Wayne Rollins

June 14, 2020

I'll always remember Don as a good friend growing up at church and school. May God bless you, Brenda and family, during this time of loss and sadness.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Don at 7 months

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Don in high school

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Don's classroom

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Jerry Dawson speaking to Don's class

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return from honeymoon, June 1961

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Donald Ray Councilman went home to be with The Lord on the morning of June 13, 2020.
Born in Bertie County,NC on Dec 7, 1941 to John Ledford Councilman and Katie Hoggard Councilman. The family moved to Greensboro when Don was 5 yrs old. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1960. He remained in close touch with many of his high school friends. Jerry Dawson, Numa Andrews, Jane Maness and Ann Saferight held a special bond of friendship with Don that he cherished. On June 22, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Canter and she remained his wife and sweetheart for the next 59 years.
Don attended High Point College and the Young Executive Institute in Chapel Hill. His career began at Carolina Steel in 1961, where he started out working in the warehouse. Twenty-eight years later, he left their employ as Sr. Vice President. He then helped found Precision Steel & Welding that continued for 9 years. In his retirement, he worked part time for Flow Lexus and enjoyed golfing with his buddies.
Don was characterized by his ready smile and easy laugh. He was the consummate gentleman, always neat as a pin, mannerly and classy. He would define himself as the family provider and took that role very seriously. He loved his family so much and was a great husband, Dad and Papa. Brenda and Don were members of Lawndale Baptist Church. Dons spiritual walk was strengthened under that ministry and he enjoyed the blessings of fellowship with his church family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, John and Katie Councilman and his brother, Philip Councilman.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brenda Canter Councilman, sons Kenneth Todd Councilman (Kathy), and Jeffery Alan Councilman (Vicky). Grandchildren, John Archer Councilman, Jackson Reid Councilman, Olivia Grace Councilman, and step grandchildren, Zander and Greyson Gainey.
Private family services will be held. He will be buried at Guilford Memorial Park. Don will lie in state at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon for friends to come by and pay their respects and sign his memorial book.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in Don’s memory to Lawndale Baptist Church, 3505 Lawndale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27408 will be appreciated.