Roy Franklin Donell


Roy Franklin Donell, age 80, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Raleigh General Hospital. Born on October 23, 1938, in Willis Branch (Fayette County), WV, he was the son of the late William Clarence and Flossie Mae Kidd Donell.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Peggy Donell, Jessie Deal and her husband, Oscar, Maxine Leinbach and her husband, Larry, Naomi Lively, and Linda Foster and her husband, David; brothers, Robert Donell and his wife, Ethel, William "Joe" Donell and his wife, Flo, William "Bill" Donell, James "Jim" Donell, and Douglas Donell.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Roberts; grandchildren, Erica Williams and Sarah Roberts; great-grandchildren, Bentley, Laycee and Carter; his sister, Sue Lafferty; his sisters-in-law, Dixie Donell and Sharon Donell; his loving companion for over 26 years, Dorothy Sue Allen; Dorothy's children, Robbie Rose and his wife, Sue, Gina Harvey and her husband, Keatts, and Serena Hamb and her husband, Ross; Dorothy's grandchildren, Jonathan Rose, Kristina Rose, Christopher Hamb, Caleb Hamb, Zachary Harvey and Stephanie Hamb; Dorothy's great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Connor, Drake and Ian; and his many nieces and nephews.
Roy was a retired coal miner and loved wood working. He was a master of the game of checkers and was known as a "comedian" and a "great story teller" among his family and friends. Roy loved and cherished his family.
The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:00 pm Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 pm in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Jonathan Humphrey officiating and Chris Hamb "Preacher Man" reciting the 23rd Psalm. Graveside service will follow in the Pax Community Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family at Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Crematorium has the honor of serving the family.
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Carolyn,Peggy, n Nancy
Aug 18, 2019
We know that Peg n Nancy is gone, so this is for them as well for our sweet Roy. We grew up n Willis Branch as kids . We were more like bro’s n sisters. Roy n Doug taught me how to swim, They threw me in the creek n laughted n said Swim or Drown!!! I learned how to Dog PAddle fast. They shot us with BB guns, this is how we all learned how to survive. I miss him n I am heart broken but Jesus said “Roy it’s time” he lifted him up n he is now rejoicing. Love u Roy. We all love u