William “Bill” M. Donaldson, Jr, 85, passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 under the care of family, Hospice Savannah, and Thunderbolt Transitional and Rehab Center. A native Savannahian, he graduated from Savannah High School, then went on to work for Union Camp (IP) for 45 years. He loved to fish, and some would say that he was a great trout fisherman. He was a member of the Tybee Optimus Club, and was of the Catholic faith.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, W.M. Donaldson, Sr. and Katie Mae Exley Donaldson, a sister, Betty Poole, and grandson, Johnny Donaldson.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his little brother, John Donaldson, three sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Donaldson, Daniel Donaldson, and Charles and Kim Donaldson, granddaughter, Lilee Donaldson, grandson, James Donaldson and his wife, Tara Donaldson, and two great-grandchildren, Rowan and Adeline.
Bill will join his longtime partner, Helen Wilson in Heaven.
Graveside Service will be 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 9, 2021 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Remembrances may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
Charles. I am saddened to hear of your fathers passing. I know you took good care of him, often racing away from work to go to his home and take care of his needs and he was ever on your mind. We all think so much of you here on Blueleaf Court and will be hoping to talk with you soon. May God rest his soul and comfort your family.
- Catherine J. Furman, Savannah, GA
Although I didn't know Bill well, my husband Harry knew him at work at Union Camp and Bill's family lived just a few lots down from us on Suncrest Boulevard. We would see Bill out walking down our road fairly often and once even shared an Excursions bus trip where we enjoyed his company. His sons Charles and Danny have become dear friends over the years. I have yet to meet Mike but I know he helped his dad grow beautiful vegetables and essentially took care of his dad in these later years. Bill raised three fine sons, a lasting tribute to his life.
- Dot Owens, Savannah, GA
Time for me to say goodbye to 1954 Savannah High classmate. You were a good one.
- Doyle Mullis, Savannah, Ga
Danny; Charles; Mike; my prayers of comfort and peace are with you at this time of grief. Danny, I’m their with you in spirit.
- Desiree M. Naslund, Savannah, Ga.
This is very upsetting news. I must be honest I had just done some research and stumbled upon this service. I am now willing to speak good in his name. I hope Bill enjoyed his time within this life he was so lucky to have and it seems so with the strong family he is leaving in his name. Now being in heaven is just the next step to finalizing everything he has worked so hard for and now gets to do what all hope we can do one day when we reunite with our passed love ones in heaven. I will think of Bill and I will think of all whose affected more than I could know. God Bless.
- Anonyms Atendee, HiltonHead visitor, SC