Donnie L. Tyndall
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Donnie Leon Tyndall passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021. He was 75. A former resident of The Hidenwood retirement community, where he had many friends, he died in the loving care of the nurses, chaplain and staff at St. Francis Nursing Center, who provided excellent, loving care.

Born to Annie Ruth Harris of Farmville, NC and Leon Tyndall of Lenoir, NC, he moved at a young age to Newport News. At Newport News High School, Donnie was a member of the Sigma Phi Delta fraternity and played number 35 on the football team. He was a devoted Typhoon. He went on to serve in the Newport News Fire Department as a paramedic, until a motorcycle accident left him a paraplegic, an event that would eventually illustrate his incredible resilience.

After a lengthy recovery, he graduated from Christopher Newport College and began a career in accounting at several government agencies, including the US Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and the Office of Naval Research in Ballston, VA. He also played wheelchair basketball, restored antique automobiles, was an avid collector of vintage goods, and took up photography, a passion that would last late into his life.

Donnie was preceded in death by his deeply devoted mother Ruth, his father Leon, his beloved stepfather Bennie Scott, who raised him, and his later-in-life stepfather J.T. Dunn. He is survived by his eldest son Scott Tyndall (Honey) of Yorktown, who principally took care of him in his final years, and his son, Mark Tyndall (Josh Ghaffari) of Washington, DC, as well as his beloved grandchildren Christina Tyndall Johnson (David), Michael Tyndall, and Jennifer Tyndall. He is also survived by a half sister, Janet Jenkins, and a half brother, Randall Tyndall. His former sister-in-law, Michelle Kellam, was instrumental in helping Donnie transition into assisted living, as he battled Alzheimer's disease.

In light of the current pandemic restrictions, the family intends to hold a remembrance of his life over the summer months. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would welcome donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Published in Daily Press on Jan. 24, 2021.
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February 11, 2021
Debbie Erwin
Coworker
January 26, 2021
I went to high school and later worked with Donnie at Naval Weapons Station. He was a fine, upstanding gentleman. I was proud to call him friend. We had some great times in our office at NWS, Yorktown. Rest in peace, Donnie. You will be missed greatly.
Barbara Hughes
Friend
January 25, 2021
Donnie and I had a blast from the 7th grade thru high school together. A great friend. After high school we went our ways. Don and Cookie got married and I went in the Air Force. Our occupations sent us on separate ways. I always missed Donnie and wish we had been able to spend more time together. I will miss you Donnie. God speed.
Alan Nesbitt
Friend
January 24, 2021
I had the extreme privalge of working with Don at the Naval Weapons Station. He truly was an amazing individual that was a wonderful example of rising above adversity, and was a positive influence on all who knew him. My most sincere condolences to his entire family.
Peggy Lewis
Coworker
January 24, 2021
My family lived next door (Belray Dr. Newport News) back in the early 70s... Donnie was one of my "Heros" growing up, as an impressionable teenager and young man. I remember many nights hanging out in his garage "helping" him work on his Harley XLCH Sportster...He even took me to the Dirt Drags at Disputana VA. (GOD how cool was that!!) He took me to White Lake N.C. with his family! I remember goofing around with his son Scottie in the yard. His father in law even hired me to help with his landscape business.
He hired me as his helper doing tile work at Ault Inc. He got me started in the floorcovering business. I actually continued and bought and ran a successful floorcovering dealership for 26 years.
Donnie was one of the coolest guys I ever knew. I caught up with him here in Gloucester, and was certainly glad to see him.
Donnie, you will never be forgotten...you had such an impact on my life...May your soul fly free and you run like the wind where you are now.
John J Stringer
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