Meridian Star


May 8, 2006

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Maurice Lamar “Sockeye” McDonald Jr.

Retired, James River Company

Services for Maurice Lamar “Sockeye” McDonald Jr. will be held today at 2 p.m. at Coker’s Chapel, with the Revs. Davey Wilkinson and Phillip Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McDonald, 65, of Meridian, died Saturday, May 6, 2006, in his home. He retired from James River Company in Pennington, Ala. and loved to travel. Mr. McDonald was a member of Coker’s Chapel and Lauderdale United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Hamasa Shrine and a member of Russell Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby McDonald of Meridian; three children, Kathi Barnard and her husband, Kenny, Tina Matthews and her husband, Dan, and Jerrel Rigdon, all of Meridian; seven grandchildren, Becky Berry and her husband, Harvey, Michael Barnard and his wife, Casey, Bridget Cole and her husband, Jason, Leigha Barnard, Anna Marie Matthews, Dalton Matthews and Dustin Matthews; three great-grandchildren, Peyton Barnard, Addison Barnard and Maddie Berry; a sister, Patricia Shelton and her husband, Jerold, of Meridian; a brother, Larry McDonald and his wife, Shirley, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Allen of Meridian; a sister-in-law, Sue Bigelow and her husband, Ben, of Wisconsin; and two brothers-in-law, Tony Partrige and his wife Shelby, of Illinois., and Gene Partrige of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Minor; two sisters, Sharon Sturdivant and Bonnie Beckham; previous wife, Carolyn McDonald; a brother, Buck McDonald; his parents, Maurice and Pansy McDonald; a sister-in-law, Barbara Boss; and mother-in-law, Lillian Partrige.

Pallbearers will be Mitch McDonald, Mike McDonald, Mark McDonald Lincoln Cook, Jonathan Wells and Bobby Ramage. Honorary pallbearers will be Alton Pardon, Raymond Brewster, Jerry Smith, Buddy Murphy, Hewitt Stoddard, Darrell Stodard, Bill Smith, Johnny Clyde Coker, Jack Coker, Billy Downey, Eddie Jones, Buster Pace, Jimbo Wilson, and Pete Furline.

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