BURLINGTON, N.C. - William "Bill" Donaldson, 85, 1213 Shamrock Drive, moved into the arms of Jesus Jan. 27, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He was husband of Regina Wright Donaldson for 63 wonderful years. God gave them three beautiful children, Gail Boswell, Ann Fansler and Paul Donaldson. Gail, wife of Eddie Boswell is the only surviving child. Bill had 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
His deceased parents were Kermit and Geneva Donaldson
He was a member of Grove Park Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and church treasurer.
Bill spent three years in the Army Air Corps as a link trainer instructor and ground control approach operator. He attended Elon College and later studied Heating & A/C at the International Correspondent School. He, his father and cousin founded D & W Heating & A/C Co. in Graham. He served as president of the Graham Rotary club
, A/C Contractors of America, NC Heating & A/C Association and Alamance County Heating & A/C Association. He was instrumental, with the help of Lt. Governor Bob Scott, in getting the General Assembly to pass a law requiring contractors to pass a qualifying examination before they could install heating and A/C in residences. He was involved in writing national engineering manuals used by contractors. He also helped write the heating & A/C curriculum for our North Carolina community colleges. Bill taught Heating & A/C for several years at ACC.
Bill was a man of great faith and determination who loved to serve God in missions work. He helped construct church buildings in Snow Camp, Durham, West Virginia and South Dakota. He was president of Builders for Christ, with a membership of 250. Builders for Christ furnished materials and labor to construct 14 church parsonages - 12 in West Virginia, one in South Carolina and one in South Dakota. While they built the parsonages, more than 280 precious souls prayed to receive Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives. When Builders for Christ shut down because of Bill's health, they gave all their tools and $33,000 to the Baptist Men of North Carolina for disaster relief.
Bill liked to play golf and work in his shop. He made many grandfather clocks that are enjoyed by people as far away as Georgia, New York and Seattle, Wash. He also made many wooden bowls and gave them to his friends. One of his true loves was to teach the Bible at church and rest homes.
The family sends our thanks and appreciation to Phoebe Cole and Loudelle King for their loving and tender care of Bill while under Hospice care.
Lowe Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral service.
There will be a private interment at Alamance Memorial Park prior to a public memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Grove Park Baptist Church with Dr. Gene Hunsinger officiating. Family visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Alamance Caswell Hospice, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
You may sign the online register book at www.lowefuneralhome.com