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Ralph Thad Donaldson, East Dublin
Monday, 23 June 2014

June 23--Ralph Thad Donaldson, 67, of East Dublin died Sunday, June 22, 2014 while visiting family in Hart County.

Mr. Donaldson was a lifelong resident of Laurens County and was preceded in death by his parents, Thad J. and Myrtle Jackson Donaldson.  He was a 1965 graduate of East Laurens High School and served as local president and state secretary of the FFA.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercer University, Macon in 1969 and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1973 and Fort Valley State University.

He served as VP of Middle Georgia Easter Seals, Dublin, where he worked since 1988.  He was dedicated to the cause of vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities and worked tirelessly on their behalf.  He was a longtime member of the Georgia Association of Training Employment and Support where he served on the Board of Directors and was also secretary and treasurer. 

He was also a tree farmer and broom maker and was currently serving as president of the American Paulownia Association.  His hand-made brooms grace many homes across the country.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Doris Tappen Donaldson, sons, Daniel B. Donaldson of Adrian and Samuel Thad (Jennifer) Donaldson of Royston; grandchildren, Lily, Maggie and Thad Donaldson; sister, Gail (Wesley) Maddox of East Dublin; brother, Jimmy (JoAnne) Donaldson of East Dublin; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Services will be held in the Chapel of Sammons Funeral Home, Soperton, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.  Burial will be announced at a later date.

A visitation will be held at the funeral home Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A memorial register may be signed at www.sammonsfuneralhome.com.

 
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