Donald "Don" Jay Poynter

February 1, 1964July 30, 2018
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Donald “Don” Jay Poynter, 54, passed away peacefully at home on July 30, 2018 after a courageous 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Don was a loving husband to his wife Sharon and a devoted father to his three children. He was a giving and compassionate man who adored his family and friends and humbly served others. He was a member of Grace Church for 14 years and volunteered for Loaves and Fishes weekly. He will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved him.

Don is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sharon Poynter; his children, Collin Poynter, Nolan Poynter, and Taylor Poynter; his mother, Frances Ducker; and his sisters, Patricia Wilson and Ellen Poynter.

Don is predeceased by his father, Arnold Poynter.

A funeral service will be held at the Chapel at Mackey Funerals & Cremations Century Drive in Greenville, SC on Friday, August 3rd at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 – 1:45 pm. A committal will follow the service at Wood Memorial Park in Duncan, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at

Online condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Arnold Poynter, Father
  • Frances Ducker, Mother
  • Sharon Poynter, Wife
  • Collin Poynter, Son
  • Nolan Poynter, Son
  • Taylor Poynter, Daughter
  • Patricia Wilson, Sister
  • Ellen Poynter, Sister

  • Keith Grubbs
  • Larry Grubbs
  • Patrick Kent
  • Fred Kent
  • Dan Demarce
  • Will Lawrence
  • Dr. Jesse Felder, Honourary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, August 3, 2018

Donald "Don" Jay Poynter

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Ellen (Elizabeth) Poynter

January 15, 2019

My dear sister...I pray that you see this post. We were the three (3) Musketeers. My brother Donny (as kids we knew him) kicked ass & took names later. Donny took care of his sisters, his friends, Mother, Father. --------------------Donny was a once in a life time person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could never repeat the kind of man he was!!!!!!!!!!! Brother, I CANNOT tell you how much I miss you & how much my heart grieves for you. My one and ONLY brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Forever (4ever--only you know this meaning bro) Godspeed and all of my love. I HOPE YOU DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JD Mainous

August 7, 2018

I will always remember several things about Don. He loved his kids! When we went camping with him, we visited the Arboretum in Ashville. Don would drop money on the trail for the kids to find along the way. He loved watching their reaction as they found it. To me it was more fun watching Don than the kids. I also think about our Tuesday night wings feasts at Quaker Steak and Lube. Those were the best times. Outside of my family, it was probably the thing I missed most when I moved to Texas. Finally there was the poker nights with the boys in small group. I laughed so hard I was literally sore the next day. Don was a giving, man who poured into his children. He also loved his wife and most of all he loved the Lord!

Susan Mainous

August 3, 2018

Our family was blessed with so many good memories of our dear, friend, Don. We shared lots of things in common with the sweet Poynter family. Our kids were near the same age, so we enjoyed camping trips, afternoons at the lake and dinners at their house mostly enjoying a delicious meal by Sharon. We grew in our faith together at Grace Church on Sunday's and weekly Bible Studies with fellow sojourners. Don and JD were like minded entrepreneurs so that gave Sharon and I plenty to talk and pray about on any given day.
The Poynter's were that rare family where Sharon, Don, JD myself and the kids all enjoyed each other. We went on beach vacations together and witnessed first hand the attentiveness that Don gave his children. He was an amazing "hands on" Dad. No doubt he has left an awesome legacy with his children.
One of my forever memories of Don was when our son, Evan was hit by a car while riding his bike (he survived with only a broken leg ....thankfully). I was on the way to the hospital with Evan and Mitchell in the backseat. I was frantically trying to reach JD by phone with no luck at all. I thought to myself.....who can I call, who can I call? Don's name popped into my head so I reached out to him and he met me at the hospital and took over the task of reaching JD. He stayed with us for hours and was there at the hospital every day or checked in by phone. That was Don my "go to person" in an emergency. He was a person you could could count on and someone who deeply cared about other people. We unfortunately moved from the Greenville area 3 years ago so it's been awhile since we've seen our dear friends but we always had and still have intentions of reconnecting somewhere on a sunny beach someday. We miss you Don and always will! Our forever love to Sharon and the kids.

LeaAnn Poynter

August 2, 2018

I have known Donnie for over 25 years thru the Grubbs Family. I knew his dad, Arnold and his Aunt Mildred Grubbs and her children. I always looked forward to his visits to Garrard County, Ky to visit with them. We had alot of good laughs and memories. I hated to hear about his illness and now his death. My prayers are with Sharon and the kids whom he always talked about. Rest in peace my long time friend......

Colleen Green

August 2, 2018

Sharon I pray God’s peace over you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

Gigi Metzger

August 2, 2018

Dear Sharon and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. May the good Lord comfort you and lift you up during this difficult time of mourning. My prayers are with you.

Terrie Romaine

August 1, 2018

Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of this. I still remember the first time I met Don. He was quiet but sweet and good to you. May God keep you comforted in His embrace. My prayers for you and your children. May Don Rest In Peace.

Jennifer Doherty

August 1, 2018

I'm sorry for your loss and my heart is with you. Always a smile and something funny to say, Don will be greatly missed.

I'm here for you, if you need anything and I will be praying for peace and comfort for you and your family during this sad time.

Jennifer and Jon
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