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home : obituaries : obituaries December 15, 2018

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12/5/2018 9:34:00 AM
Harold R. McDonald, Jr - Greenwood

Harold R. McDonald, Jr., 75, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with his loving wife, Linda Towery McDonald by his side.

A kind, quiet and influential man, Harold passionately believed in doing the right thing. He was devoted to his God, his Country, and his Family, and was proud of all he was able to do to serve and protect each of these pillars of his life. He always went the extra mile in every aspect, because his motto was “If you’re going to do it, do it right.”

Harold was born to the late Harold R. McDonald, Sr. and Kate Pace McDonald of Madison, Mississippi on December 19, 1942.  He graduated from Clarksdale High School and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University.  He went on to receive the highest level of certification as a Professional Engineer. In college Harold was an active member of ROTC, Tau Beta Pi, and an avid Mississippi State sports fan.

Following graduation, Harold was employed by International Business Machines and soon took leave to join the United States Army.  Harold served as a Captain in the 20th Preventive Medicine Unit, 44th Medical Brigade, Vietnam and earned the Bronze Star for his “exemplary professionalism…loyalty, diligence, and devotion to duty.”  Harold was proud of his military service and of being a distinguished military graduate.

Upon discharge from the Army Harold returned to work at IBM in Jackson, MS where he met his future wife, Linda.  Working for the same company afforded them many opportunities for adventure together including moving to Atlanta, GA, where their daughter Laura was born; Dallas, TX, where their daughter Lindsay was born; and New Canaan, CT, where their son Grant was born.

Harold was a man of God and was a devoted member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood.  He was a member of the Drake Sunday School Class. He was an active church member who served as called.  He was proud to participate in a men’s Bible study in Grand Harbor as well.

In the community, Harold was a staunch supporter and mentor with the Boy Scouts of America and spent many years working with and mentoring members of Troop 911.

Harold is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda; daughter, Laura Durham, her husband, Bradley, and their children, Kiley and Ada of Madison, AL; his daughter, Lindsay McCary, and her husband, Michael of Madison, WI; his son Grant, and his fiancé, Kasia Kasprzak of Berkley, MI; his brothers George McDonald (Molly) and Jerry McDonald (Ann); and cousins Dennis Smith (Susan) and Donald Smith (Gail) all of Mississippi.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 PM Thursday at Main Street United Methodist Church with Reverend James McCoy-Bruce and Rev. Dr. Kyle Hite officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Hillside Gardens at Oakbrook Memorial Park.

Active pallbearers will be Lincoln McGinnis, Chip Stockman, John Thompson, Jerry Bingham, Tom Moore, Michael Fischer, Joe Chandler, Schuyler McGinnis and Bill Baker.

Honorary escort will be members of the Drake Sunday School Class with class founders Lt. Col. Chuck Drake (Ret.) and his wife Ann along with Alex Neely, long- time friend from New Canaan, CT.

The family is at the home in Grand Harbor and will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6 until 8.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Harold’s memory to Main Street United Methodist Church, International Myeloma Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, Boy Scouts of America, or to any of his many charities that you might also share a passion for.

For online condolences please visit

Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the McDonald family.

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