To the Artis Family,
I want you to know our prayers, our thoughts and most of all, our love goes out to you. Donnie, as you well know was a true friend to me. We spent numerous hours traveling together, signing in the choir, and talking on the phone. I was devastated to receive the news, but I also realize it's going to happen to all of us. Even though it's very difficult to understand and we may question why...let's celebrate his life by remembering how much he loved God, his family, and mankind. He was there for many people and would give you the shirt off his back to someone in need. I never heard him speak harshly of anyone. He is a true brother, friend, and someone I will dearly miss.