James Monroe Donley

November 24, 1962January 28, 2021

James Monroe Donley, age 58, passed away in his home on Thursday, January 28 in Macon, Georgia. Family, friends, and others whose lives James touched are invited to a memorial service at New City Church, 1015 Riverside Drive, Macon, Georgia at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 3 to share stories, grieve, and support each other.

He was born November 24, 1962 in Landsstuhl, Germany to Clarence Edward Donley and Adele N (Wagner) Whittingham. Graduating from Northside High School in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1980, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology, and received degrees from Victory Baptist College and University of South Carolina Aiken. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, graduating in the top of his class.

James was a connoisseur of many things, trying new restaurants, supporting local art and theater, and following and coaching sports teams, both local and national. All of these interests, however, were simply avenues to love people. James never met a stranger, and had a unique ability to make his friends feel interesting and valued as he listened to their stories. He was a founding member of New City Church in Macon, Georgia and served diligently there, always a smiling face at the front door welcoming new visitors and old members alike.

James is survived by his mother, Adele Whittingham and step-mother, Daphne Coolman.

Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements. Visit to express tributes.


  • James is survived by his mother Adele Whittingham and step-mother Daphne Coolman.


  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021


James Monroe Donley

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Davey Keys

February 9, 2021

I met James when I taught at FPD and I think he might have substituted there. Also when we attended Mabel White together back in the early 2000’s. He was a very nice, caring person. Hate to hear of his passing.

terrry daniels

February 4, 2021

Meet James working with a Attorney in Macon.I invited him to Church and the rest was history. He loved people very smart person in all subjects. My friend.Loved to eat and talk as Jesus would do. Thank you God for this time you gave us with James.

Nancy Green

February 3, 2021

I met James back in the early 2000s at Mabel White. James was always so friendly, and I never once saw him angry or upset. When you talked to him, he would concentrate deeply into what you were saying, and you would know he was really listening. He seemed to know a lot about all subjects, and I really wanted to see him get on the TV show "Jeopardy" one day. He was that smart! I will always remember his smile, and his love of creating new food dishes. At Christmas parties it was amazing to see how he could stack food on his plate. He could stack it a mile high, and not a crumb would fall off! James loved the Lord so much! There is no doubt where he is now! Rest in Peace James!!

Linda Gehring

February 3, 2021

I remember James (Jimmy) when he was just a toddler, he had the sweetest smile and I loved playing with him and hearing his laugh. I can see in the pictures his friends have shared he never lost that smile. I rarely saw Jimmy through the years but I always felt a connection with him and Facebook allowed us the opportunity to communicate more frequently. He told me several times during the past few years he was planning a cross-country trip and would stop in Tulsa to spend a few days with us. Sadly that never happened. I am grateful he had so many friends and special people in his life and especially to Daphne for the love and support she continued to provide to him after his beloved father passed away. If anyone is in heaven (and I believe heaven is real) I know he is there. RIP Jimmy

Walter Bolin

February 2, 2021

Was a cousin that i never had many opportunities to see, but often thought about . The most comforting thought he left is in CHRIST our enduring life after. He will be missed by many friends and family.

Marsellas Williams

February 2, 2021

James was a man with a big heart. God gave him a great love for people and for fellowship. He used his time and talents to serve others as much as he could. I miss him. I'm immensely grateful God blessed me with friendship with him. He was a giver, he was a servant, he was a joy, he was my brother in Christ. It hurts that he's gone, but I am thankful that he loved Jesus and he believed in Him and is now in the presence of the Lord . I know I will see him again . Love you, James.
"For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. " 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Clyde Frantz

February 1, 2021

He and I were great Tech fans and neither of us graduated from there. We had a lot in common, and loved spending time together. He would always be doing things in Christian love. Last week I dropped and broke my New City mug. I texted him about it and two days later he was on my doorstep with a new one. If anyone is going to heaven it’s him. He constantly shared his Christian walk with us. I know he’s better off and one day we’ll see him again and all things will be new.

Bill Causey

February 1, 2021

I attended church with James at Mabel White
Baptist Church for several years in the late 1990s - early 2000s
James was a person who always enjoyed opportunities to further his knowledge of
the Christian faith. He was always discovering new things and enjoyed sharing those ideas
with others. He was always respectful and a friend to many. He was intelligent and always had a desire to learn more. He was respectful
to everyone and a good friend to many .

Adam Smith

February 1, 2021

Very sorry to hear of James's passing! We used to attend Mabel White Baptist Church together.

Jeff Laster

February 1, 2021