Fri, 03/23/2018 - 4:42pm
Howard & Jones
Jesup--John Donaldson, 92, died March 20, 2017, at home under the care of Heartland Hospice.
He was born in Jesup Sept. 22, 1925, to the late John Walker and Carolyn Breen Donaldson. He was known as an honorable and caring man who had a successful life and career in football both as a player and as a coach during the years 1946–1982.
Playing first-string halfback in Jesup all four of his high school years, he was elected captain in his senior year. He was the first to earn All–Southern honorable mention from the South Georgia Football Association.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, when he was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, and he played football on the U.S. Navy football team at only 18 years old. He was selected as one of three most outstanding young players of all the service teams.
Upon leaving the service, he played first string at the University of Georgia throughout his college career, even scoring 10 touchdowns in his freshman year. He was selected the most outstanding freshman in the SEC by the New York Times. He was also ranked as one of the best 90 players in the 124-year history of the Georgia–Florida games by the Florida Times Union. He was number 51.
After graduation from the University of Georgia, he went on to play professional football, playing in the Los Angeles Dons and the Chicago Hornets in the 1950s before his return to Jesup, where he became head football coach.
His Jesup High School teams won two state championships--1954 and 1959--and many district and regional championships. After helping organize the Jesup Jaycees, he served as the first sports chairman and encouraged the Jaycees to help build a new stadium. The idea was supported by the Board of Education and the community.
After his team won the 1959 state championship, he joined a new coaching staff at the University of Florida under the leadership of Ray Graves. When Vince Dooley went to Georgia as head coach, he brought Donaldson onboard to coach the offensive backfield. During this five-year period, Georgia won two SEC Championships and played in a bowl every year.
He always remembered Jesup when recruiting for the University of Georgia and successfully recruited many players from Jesup during his tenure. He diligently supported his players by helping them with scholarships, coaching or teaching positions, and sometimes even personal problems.
He was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. He was voted Coach of the Year for the state of Georgia twice, and the Wayne County Football stadium bears the name Donaldson– Madray Field.
After his retirement in 1982, he enjoyed his many friends, his family and hunting and fishing. He was a communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife 62 years, Anne Cappelmann Donaldson of Jesup; his sister-in-law, Sally Cappelmann Camacho of Savannah, and his brother-in-law, George S. Cappelmann Jr. of Jesup; and a host of close friends, former players and extended- family members.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dee Shaffer, the Rev. Steve Larson and Deacon Marty Meuschke officiating.
Interment will be private.
Honorary pallbearers will be former football players and coaches.
Remembrances may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 745 S. Palm St., Jesup, GA 31546.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Imogene Spell O’Quinn
Jesup—Imogene Spell O’Quinn died March 20, 2018, in the Southeast Health System in Bruns-wick after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired employee with Wayne Service Center. She enjoyed working with her flowers, her pets and spending family time in the mountains.
She was predeceased by her father, O.J. Spell and brother, James Spell.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Pete O’Quinn of Jesup; a daughter, Angie O’Quinn of Jesup; mother, Juanita Byrd Spell of Jesup; extended family; and a “grand” Jack Russell, “Max” and a dachshund, “Katie.”
Graveside funeral services were held March 23 at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9, Jesup, GA 31598.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Christopher Donavan Evors
Jesup—Christopher Donavan Evors, 40, died March 21, 2018, at his residence after a short illness.
Funeral services were held March 23 from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Harris and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Interment will be in the Screven Cemetery.
Additional information can be found at www.rinehartandsons.com.
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