Donnie Lee Barksdale

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Donnie Lee Barksdale, 59, of Attalla, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, after a long, six-year battle with cancer.
Funeral service was at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Collinsville Funeral Home-Sharpe Chapel. The Rev. Rickey Williams officiated. Burial was in Providence "Hill" Cemetery. Collinsville Funeral Home directed.
Donnie was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, son-in-law, friend and grandfather. He was a kind and considerate man who never met a stranger and would help anyone with anything.
Donnie was a 1971 graduate of Collinsville High School. He was a carpenter and jack-of-all trades. His grandchildren were the joy of his life. Donnie was loved by many and will be missed greatly. But we know he has a better home in Heaven and won't have to suffer any more.
Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Sue Barksdale; father-in-law, Aaron McClendon; brother-in-law and friend, Dennis Willis; and great-nephew, Dylan Plunkett.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patsy Barksdale; son, Matthew (Tiffany) Barksdale; daughter, Misty Barksdale (Calvin); mother-in-law, Joyce (Warren) Wheeler; his beloved grandchildren, Josh Carstarphen, Kennedy Barksdale, Laila Mostiller; soon-to-be-granddaughter, Rayleigh Barksdale; and chosen granddaughter, Keyyissa Mostiller. Also his brothers, Garry (Donna) Barksdale, Steve (Kelly) Barksdale; sister, Brenda Willis; nephews, Keith (Nicki) Barksdale, Nathan (Thereasa) Willis; nieces, Melissa, Natasha and Brittany Barksdale. Also survived by best friends, Wade Higginbotham and Johnny Barkley.
Many thanks for the kindness shown by Dr. Ceneus, Dr. Narla, Dr. Echeverri and ninth-floor staff at GRMC. Also, many thanks to Dr. Castillo and his awesome staff for helping Donnie fight this battle for six years. Thanks to Sammye Bradley, CRNP, and her staff, Southern Care Hospice. Thanks to Pastor Rickey (Frankie) Williams, who were always there in our times of need and was loved and respected by Donnie for many years. To all those who visited, prayed, brought food, cards, money, etc., all is greatly appreciated.
The family requested everyone wear "Alabama" shirts to the funeral in loving memory of this huge Alabama fan.
Casket-bearers were Keith Barksdale, Nathan Willis, Wade Higginbotham, Johnny Barkley, Gary Wright, Ronnie Osborn and Calvin Mostiller. Honorary-bearers will be Josh Carstarphen, Kennedy Barksdale, Will Barksdale and Luke Willis.
Flowers were accepted or make a donation to the or St. Jude's.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Published in The Gadsden Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2013
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