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Mr. R.L. Donaldson, DVM, age 90, of Carthage, Tenn. and the oldest practicing veterinarian in Tenn., passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn.
Dr. Donaldson was born June 16, 1922, in the Peterman Bend Community of Clay County, Tenn., the son of the late John Humphrey Donaldson and Winnie Gertrude Davis. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William Allen Donaldson and Albert Marshall Donaldson. He married Belle Crawford Donaldson on July 25, 1952, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2002. He was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church, V.F.W., and the Masonic Lodge. He attended Tennessee Technological University from 1940 to 1943. Dr. Donaldson volunteered for the U.S. Army on April 26, 1943, and served until Dec. 10, 1945, earning two bronze stars while serving 17 months in Europe. After returning from WWII, he returned to Tennessee Technological University and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in August of 1946. He received his Master's Degree in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in December of 1947. After receiving his Master's Degree, he taught veterans at Columbia, Tenn. and then Agriculture at Shelbyville, Tenn. He then attended Auburn University where he received his Doctor of Veterinarian Degree in June 1954. He first practiced Veterinarian Medicine at Gallatin from June of 1954 until February of 1955, when he began his practice in Carthage, Tenn. He loved working in Carthage, having treated all types of animals from large to small. Dr. Donadson was an avid Auburn fan and loved being around people.
Dr. Donaldson is survived by five children, David Donaldson, of Memphis, Tenn., Frances Donaldson, of Carthage, Tenn., John Donaldson, of Carthage, Tenn., Allen (Catherine) Donaldson, of Brentwood, Tenn., and Mark Donaldson of Florence, Ala.; four grandchildren, Rion (Brandon) Rigsby, Seth (Abby) Dias, Dona Donaldson and Nicolae Donaldson; five great- grandchildren, Brennan Rigsby, Clayton Rigsby, Cohen Rigsby, Reagan Dias and Bryant Dias.
Funeral services for Dr. Donaldson are scheduled to be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Carthage United Methodist Church. Brother Stephen Lee will officiate and interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation with the Donaldson family was at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be Friday at the Cartage United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. until service time at 1p.m.
The Donaldson family requests that memorials be made to the
or the Carthage United Methodist Church.
Bass Funeral Homes, Carthage Chapel, is directing.
Published in Florence Times Daily from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013