Lindsey Funeral Homes

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Richard "Donnie" Donald Callison, II

April 27, 1945September 24, 2019

Richard Donald “Donnie” Callison, II, 74, a resident of Dayton, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

He was born April 27, 1945 in Staunton and was the son of the late Richard Donald “Don” and Leola Byrd Callison.

Donnie lived all his life in the Dayton area. He was a participant in the Special Olympics, and received many medals and ribbons. He was one of the first eight clients of Friendship Industries and retired from Friendship Industries after 50 years of service. Donnie was an honorary member of the Board of the Dayton Cemetery Committee and was a lifelong member of the Dayton United Methodist Church He enjoyed drawing and making other art projects. He was a volunteer at the SPCA and for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by a sister, Beverly Callison-Smith and husband, Steve, of Cross Keys and two nephews Arron and Chad Moore; family matriarch, Jean Campbell-Callison of Monterey; Christy and Heath Jackson and family of Forest City, NC; Sam Harris, Steve Harris family and Debby Callison all of the Stuarts Draft community; special and dear friends, Mary Ann Sharps-Griggs, Cliff Slybaugh and Rebecca Click. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, and a brother, Jack Byrd Callison; cousins, Tom Callison and H.L. Callison and Jeff Harris & Jerry Harris.

A graveside service will be held 11 am, Friday, September 27, 2019, at Dayton Cemetery with Pastor Dave Gullman and Rev. Jenny Day officiating.

Donnie will be remembered and has always been an inspiration to family and friends, to be tolerant, understanding and accepting of the imperfections in all of us. Donnie was a friend to all.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dayton United Methodist Church, CJ Designs for special needs, Friendship Industries, Special Olympics or Pleasant View Home, in his memory.

Donnie had wonderful assistants for many years at Pleasant View Inc. and recently C.J. Designs for Special Needs.

The family would like to thank Dr. Oats, Dr. DeJelenne, Dr. Overby, Dr. T, and Dr. Weldearagay for the care given to Donnie.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


  • Dayton United Methodist Church
  • CJ Designs for Special Needs
  • Friendship Industries
  • Special Olympics
  • Pleasant View Home


  • Graveside Service Friday, September 27, 2019


Richard "Donnie" Donald Callison, II

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Fred Shank

October 3, 2019

I went to school with Donnie a few years ago at Dayton High School and often saw him walking in Dayton. I gave 5 Gideon Bibles in his memory to The Gideons International. I often thought of Donnie.
Fred Shank (Silver Lake Welding Service, Inc)

David Mars

September 27, 2019

Donnie was my first friend. We moved to Dayton, across the street from his family, when I was about 3 or 4. We played together until my family moved away several years later. Our paths crossed a few times over the years and we always had great visits. Donnie was a person to be admired and I will always have fond memories.

David Mars

Missi Ratliff

September 27, 2019

I loved Donnie. The first time he met me he found out that I was from Pennsylvania. He continued the conversation by talking about farming & sight and sound for the next 30 minutes. He sure knew how to talk your ear off, but I loved every conversation! I have no doubt in my mind that he is in heaven where he belongs. He was a wonderful man who filled my heart with so much joy!

He loved you with every inch of his being & you were everything he needed in a sister!

Carol Thompson

September 26, 2019

Our condolences on hearing that Donnie Callison has passed away. Donnie was such a kind, sweet man and we miss seeing him take his daily walks around Dayton and through the cemetary that he kept in great order and will be laid to rest. May he Rest In Peace.

Judy Way

September 26, 2019

Beverly, Donnie was a wonderful person. Sweet, loving, kind. Phil and I send you our sympathy. He will be so missed. May God bless you . I know Donnie is in heaven.

Dan Jenkins

September 26, 2019

I had the tremendous privilege of having met Donnie a number of years ago. And from that privilege I learned that few have lived with as much kindness and appreciation for life. He loved his friends and family. He valued his independence. And he cherished his community.
Knowing Donnie was not hard. So often the strangers that make up our own communities pass us by and neither they, nor we, have the courage to say hello… to connect. But Donnie was no stranger. I feel fortunate to have known him and grateful to the friends, family and community that supported him to be the man we all grew to love.

Carol & Darrell Campbell

September 26, 2019

Beverly -

Sending love and prayers your way on the loss of your brother. You were absolutely the best ever sister to Donnie.

Carol & Darrell

Ryan Johnson

September 26, 2019

Donnie was a great man. He blessed my life as I worked with him. Through the course of life he met my young children and became enamored with them....couldn't keep "Uncle Donnie" from checking in on them, learning about their days, and wanting to visit with them. He was a bright spot in all our lives and I considered him a wonderful friend. Even though I moved from Virginia several years ago he was always on our hearts and we would call him as we could. I wish we could make it back for the funeral, but he is in our hearts and you all are in our prayers.

Todd Collier

September 26, 2019

God bless you Beverly.
Donnie was very special to all of us that were his neighbors. We were also blessed by your example of love and care that you showed in making sure his needs were met.