He was born in Brooklyn, NY and resided in Wayne County for the past sixty years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was the previous founder and owner of Wayne Drug Company and Co-owner of Ad Graphic Concepts and Jesup Office Products and Printing. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alice Donahue; stepmother, Bernice Sakaris; sisters, Gwen Monahon, Audrey Murphy and Judy Donahue; brother, Tom Donahue; son, Shannon Ellis Donahue; son-in-law, Joseph Sheryl Rentz and grandson, Shannon Ellis Poppell.
Survivors are his wife, Betty C. Donahue; daughters, Sharon (Tommy) Dent, Carol Cowart, Patti (Jay) Martin, and Elaine Rentz; son, Jay (Diane) Donahue; siblings Bob (Ruthie) Donahue, Eileen Morfin, Jack (Louise) Donahue and Chris Fatizzi; fifteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be on Friday, August 10, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. in the James R. Gordon Memorial Chapel at the Howard & Jones Funeral Home.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Remembrances suggested to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd, Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the on-line registry at www.hjnfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.