Donald Donnie McDonaldBEECHMONT, KY., — Donald ‘Donnie’ McDonald, 77, of Beechmont passed away on August 7, 2019 at Norton's in Louisville. He fought a very hard and difficult battle but won that battle and now resides in his eternal home in Heaven. Donnie was born in Greenville on October 5, 1941. He graduated in 1961 from Hughes-Kirk High School and was a star basketball player for the Tiger team. He was a retired coal miner and was employed at Kirkpatrick's Caney Creek Mine. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 56 years and was blessed with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

In spite of a mining accident that left him with only one arm he remained very active and pursued many interests and hobbies, including basketball, baseball, softball, fishing, hunting, trap shooting, bee keeping, and UK basketball. In fact, he helped to coach the Wildcats to many victories from the comfort of his living room recliner. In 2014 he received state recognition by winning the Bee and Honey Sweepstakes blue ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair.

Donnie was best known as an accomplished sportsman and conservationist. In 1988, he won 1st place in Uncle Lee's Big Buck Muzzle Loader Contest with a winning score of 136.75. In 1992, he won 1st place in the Uncle Lee's Turkey Contest with a winning score of 71.11. Also, in 1992 he was awarded the Boss Gobbler Award by the Central Chapter of NWTF with a winning total score of 72.94. He was instrumental in establishing the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Three Rivers Chapter and helped to organize the annual banquet for fifteen years. Additionally, he supported the hunters of tomorrow by helping to organize the annual JAKES' Day event. He was a Diamond Life sponsor for NWTF and served on the board for the Kentucky state chapter for several years. In the early 70's, he helped to establish a shooting range in Beech Creek and an archery range in Greenville. In 2001, he was awarded the Shelley Nickell Memorial Award for outstanding service in the restoration of wild turkey. In 2004, he was awarded the Roger Latham Sportsman Service Award for outstanding contribution to the American wild turkey and its conservation in Kentucky. Finally, in 2001, he received the prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award in recognition for being an outstanding sportsman in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In honor of this award, a brick with his name was added to the walk of fame at the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort, KY. A memorial tree will now be planted in the park there to honor his contributions to conservation.

Most importantly, he was a member of Leigh's Chapel Church where he looked forward to weekly worship services and fellowship with his church family.

He was preceded in death by his mother Inez McDonald, his grandparents Tom (Willie) McDonald and in-laws Leo (Alma) Tooley.

He is survived by his loving wife Joanna Tooley McDonald, 2 children Geroni (Seth) Porter and Rock (Tammy) McDonald both of Beechmont, 5 grandchildren Logan, Skylar, and Ridge Porter, Landon and Leah McDonald.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2pm at Leigh's Chapel Church with Bro. Roger Wright officiating assisted by Bro. Tony Shanks. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Greenville.

Visitation will be Saturday after 10am at Leigh's Chapel Church. Tucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com

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