Clarence Eugene “Gene” Donaldson, 90, of Crossett, passed away on November 16, 2021.
He was born on October 29, 1931, in Fountain Hill, to his parents, Clarence Vernon Donaldson and Ola Mae Smith Donaldson. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett for many years.
Upon completion of his service in the U. S. Army in June 1949, Mr. Donaldson went to work at the Georgia Pacific Corporation, working diligently without complaint for 45 years of days, evenings and the night shifts of operation. He retired as one of the youngest with the most years of service and was known by his co-workers as “Old Timer”. Outside of work, Mr. Donaldson enjoyed hunting, and fishing, but mostly he loved his garden, a garden that grew in size every year.
Mr. Donaldson was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 50 years, Betty Jo Stell, mother of their three children. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Nancy Carolyn Donaldson Outlaw and Katherine Donaldson Rice Forrest; one brother, Delbert William Donaldson; one half-brother, Virgil Donaldson; one stepsister, Debra Ann Smith; and one half-sister, Cathy Donaldson.
Survivors include his wife, Olivia Marlene Hornaday Donaldson; his three children, Jimmy Dale Donaldson (Cynthia) of Yellville, Judith Ann “Judy” Donaldson Jenkins (Russell) of Harrison, and Janet Lynne Donaldson Cronin (Chris) of Little Rock; one stepdaughter, Letitia Pennington (Greg) of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Justin, Jenny, Mark, Cameron, Matthew and Sydney; three step-grandchildren, Kyle, Tyler and Olivia; nine great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.
Mr. Donaldson is also survived by two brothers, Doyle Wayne Donaldson (Bonnie) of Crossett and Charles Donaldson (Linda) of Hamburg; one sister, Sylvia Oliver of Hamburg; one half-brother, Glen Donaldson; two half-sisters, Kathy Philps of Hamburg and Alice Smith.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 19 at 1 p.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park with Hugh Austin and Jamie Staley officiating. Pallbearers are Mark Jenkins, Justin Donaldson, Cameron Cronin, Matthew Cronin, Kyle Pennington and Tyler Pennington. Honorary Pallbearers are Phillip Gilmore’s Sunday school class of First Baptist Church, Crossett.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 18, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, Arkansas.
The family would like to give special thanks to the ICU staff at Ashley County Medical Center and to Countryside Assisted Living for all of the constant care and love shown to Gene.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.