Virginia S. McDonald passed away on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Greenville at the age of 92 after battling serious health issues for several years. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
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Laura Virginia Smith was born on Oct. 8, 1921 in Pitt County to William Leslie Smith and Laura Anna Louise Everett Smith. She was the oldest of seven children and the only daughter.
Virginia graduated from Bethel High School with honors in 1938. After school she moved to Goldsboro for job opportunities where she met and married John Thomas, McDonald Jr. of Goldsboro. After marriage, Virginia and John lived at Ft. Bragg. Following John's discharge at the end of WWII they settled in Simpson, where Virginia lived out her life.
It was her life in Simpson that allowed Virginia to touch many people's lives and make meaningful contributions to the community. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. Virginia served as the Postmaster of the Simpson Post Office from 1961 until her retirement in 1985. During her tenure she oversaw the movement of the Simpson Post Office from Porter's Supply to a new, freestanding building that continues to serve the community's postal needs today.
Virginia's husband, John, became Simpson's first mayor after reincorporation in 1975. Virginia developed a strong interest in civic government herself and she served on the town council as well as working with John and others to develop the first public water utility in the village now known as Eastern Pines Water Corporation. As a result of her civic interest, Virginia's retirement from the Post Office was certainly not the end of her service to the community. Following in her husband John's footsteps, Virginia held the office of mayor of Simpson from 1987 to 1993. During her tenure, she oversaw the movement of Simpson's town hall from a temporary structure to a permanent building. Virginia particularly enjoyed and was very proud of helping design a new town hall that would better serve the community.
Virginia was predeceased by husband, John Thomas McDonald Jr.; parents, William Leslie Smith and Laura Anna Louise Everett Smith; and her brothers, William Lester Smith Jr., James Luther Smith and Charles Ervin Smith.
Virginia is survived by her children, daughters, Laura McDonald Burke and husband, Dennis, Linda Virginia McDonald and fiance, Charlie Ross, and Leslie Rachel McDonald Anderson and husband, Wayne, all of Greenville; son, John Thomas McDonald III, and wife, Arlene, of Misawa, Japan; brothers, Joseph Warren "J.W." Smith of Greenville, Henry Herbert Smith and wife, Mae, of Stokes, and Kenneth Robert Smith and wife, Dell, of Bethel; sister-in-law, Jessie McDonald of Greenville; grandchildren, Kenneth Burke and wife, Amie of McLean, Va., Jennifer Durham of Elizabeth City, Will Harvell of Lexington, S.C., Heather Marie Manning and husband, Bobby Wayne, of Stokes, Kimberly Kapourellos and husband, Gregory, of Maryland, John T. McDonald IV and wife, Maricel, of Misawa, Japan; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jack, Emma and Kate Burke of McLean, Va., Nathan and Parker Peaden of Stokes; step-great-granddaughter, Skylar Manning; of Stokes; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A viewing will be held tonight from 6 – 8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Greenville.
Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be made to the
(www.cancer.org), 930-A Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.
The family would like to thank the caregivers Theresa Foster and Toni Staton during our difficult time.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville, NC 27858
Published in The Daily Reflector on Aug. 27, 2014