Donald Durham

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DURHAM, Donald L. age 70, of Dayton departed this life on Sunday, December 31, 2006. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force and a retiree of NCR and AM Graphics. He is survived by his wife of 46 yrs., JoAnne Durham; (3) daughters, Waltrina & Wendy Durham and Wilnessa (John) Sullivan; (10) grandchildren; (3) great grandchildren; (1) special niece, Donna Thomas; (1) sister- in-law; (2) aunts; a god-daughter, Jamita Brown; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including a life-long friend, Eddie Washington. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2007 at THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, 4520 Salem Ave., with Rev. Frederick D. Hayes, officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment will be held at Dayton National Cemetery. Condolences may also be sent to the family via e-mail at: [email protected]
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Published by Dayton Daily News on Jan. 4, 2007.
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To some of the best people I ever met including "The Don". I am very sorrowful about the passing of Mr. Durham. He was like of father to me, giving me all sorts of good advice. I will always remember him.
Doug Williams Jr
January 17, 2007
GRACE, MERCY & PEACE BE UNTO YOU ALL MY EXTENDED FAMILY,
IT IS OF THE LORDS MERCY THAT WE ARE NOT CONSUMED!! HIS PASSION FAILS NOT.........
MY PRAYER IS THAT GOD WILL STRENGTHEN YOU IN THIS YOUR TIME OF BAREAVEMENT.... I AM SO FORTUNAT TO HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF VISITING W/DON, JOANNE & WAL WAL WALTRINA WHEN I WAS HOME FOR THANKSGIVING AND WHAT A NICE FELLOWSHIP REMINISCING AND ALL, WE NEVER KNOW THE MIND OF GOD BUT I THANK HIM FOR GIVING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERSE WITH HIM FOR THE LAST TIME.. THE PSALMIST SAYS (TOUCH SOMEBODYS LIFE AS YOU TRAVEL FOR YOU MAY NEVER GET THAT CLOSE AGAIN)AND DON HAS INDEED TOUCHED MY MOM AND I, HE WOULD STOP BY AND SEE MOM OR DO LITTLE ODD JOBS FOR HER AT THE HOUSE AND WOULD HAVE HER LAUGHING SO MUCH THAT SHE WOULD GET A STOMACH ACHE,WHATEVER HE HAD HE WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE OR GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO GET FOR YOU, MOM WENT TO SEE HIM IN THE HOSPITAL A COUPLE YRS. AGO AND HE HELD HER HAND THE WHOLE TIME SHE WAS THERE, THEN HE WOULD DOSE OFF WAKE UP AND SAY "I KNOW YOU PRAYIN"!! TRINA I'LL C-U-WHEN YOU GET HERE JUST GET HERE, WILNESSA & WENDY I DON'T KNOW ABOUT DEM GIRLS. JOANNE YOU SHOULD KEEP THE HOUSE SMOKE FREE, JUDY KEEP ON BEIN DA BACKBONE!! TO DA FAM-WE HAVE TO EXCEPT WHAT GOD ALLOWS, DON/DAD/GRAN DAD/BROTHA/CARPENTER/ PLUMBMER,HE WAS MANY MEN TO MANY PEOPLE HE STOOD THE TEST AND NOW HE'S GONE TO REST FOR JESUS KNOW'S WHAT'S BEST..... BE ENCOURAGED AND STRENGTHEN EACH OTHER AND REMEMBER WHAT'S TO COME IS BETTER THAN WHATS BEEN... MOM AND ME LOVE YOU ALL!!! BE BLESSED
BONI STUART
January 15, 2007
To my family,
I love you and will continue to pray for and with you. Just recently I was remembering the day I discovered that JoAnn and Don had literally been married all of my life. So I have a lifetime of precious memories of 'Uncle Don'. Those memories have caused me to smile through my tears the last few days. My prayer is that your memories will do the same in the days, months and years to come.
T. Renee Middleton
January 6, 2007
I have just words of genuine respect for a man so loved and highly regarded as this man. May all his family and friends continue to take pride in the memory of his many accomplishments and talents!
William Wilkerson
January 6, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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The Railey Family
January 5, 2007
Dear Family,

I want you all to know my prayers are with you all. I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the services but know that I love you all and that there is no more suffering for Cousin Don.
Stacy and Terry Winkfield Williams
January 4, 2007
To all my Dayton family. I am sorry to hear about cousin Don. He was one of the best personalities that I can remember from childhood. Though I cannot be there to pay my last respects, my prayers are with you all.
Juan Middleton, II
January 4, 2007
Thinking of you and yours.
Love, Shana, Eleanor and Anora
Shana Morton-Atanga
January 4, 2007
Mrs. Joann, Trina,Wilnessa,Wendy and Family,

I am thankful for the many memories that Mr.Don contributed to my life. The childhood cookouts, flying kites,waffle breakfasts, playing chess, the long conversations and the special directions he drafted for our east coast drive. God will continue to grant many blessings for your obedience as a family. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Stephanie simmons
January 4, 2007
Joe Middleton
January 4, 2007
Wilnessa,
I just want you to know that I will pray for you and your family.... Your a good person Nessa and you'll be okay!
Love You Nish
Nisha Allen
January 4, 2007
To the Durham family:

May the lord comfort your family through this trying time. We know that life will never be the same when we loose a love one; but know that one day you will see them again.

Love Mrs. Krista Ramey
Krista Ramey
January 4, 2007
Trina,

May God comfort and Bless each and ever one of you at this time of your loss.

Love,
Dorothy
Dorothy Vance
January 4, 2007
Trina,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless and comfort each and ever one of you.
Sheila Cain
January 4, 2007
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