Born July 11, 1925, in Jackson County (the Oak Hill community), he was the son of the late Leslie “Leck” and Valuria “Babe” Matthews Donley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a son, Brian Donley; a sister, Joyce Greer; a brother, Bobby Dean; his first wife, Eleanor Snyder Donley; and a niece, Christina.
He leaves behind a devoted and loving wife, Joann Donley; sons, Michael (Paula) and Scott (Melissa); daughter, Patricia (Clifford) Thomas; stepdaughters, Sheila (Tim) and Becky (Carl) White; brothers, Paul (Lois), Elmer (Martha) and Buck (Joyce); sisters, Zonie Burnside, Delores (George) Barnhart, Mary (Marvin) Capehartand Belva Kulify.
He is also survived by granddaughters, Melissa and Misty; grandsons, Shawn, Matt, AJ and Daniel Clifford; great-granddaughters, Alexis, Britney, Emily, Laura, Sara and Autum; also two special lifelong in-laws, Irene Hart and Eloise Wilking; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
He owned and operated a restaurant in Gallia County for many years. He also formerly served in the Merchant Marines.
He loved his family, and often expressed how lucky he was to have his wonderful wife Joann in his life.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday March 1, 2008, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
To send condolences, visit waugh-halley-wood.com.