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Berion Lee McDonald

Born: Wed., Oct. 20, 1920
Died: Thu., Jun. 4, 2020

Public Viewing

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 12, 2020
Location: Harris Funeral Home

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 13, 2020
Location: Saint Luke Church of God Church Cemetery

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MR. BERION LEE McDONALD, 99 of MT. GILEAD, NC passed away peacefully Thursday, June 4, 2020 at his home.

A Graveside Services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the St. Luke Church of God Cemetery, 542 Parkertown Road, MT. Gilead, NC. 

A Public Viewing will be held 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm  Friday. June 12, 2020, at Harris Funeral Home and Cremations of MT. Gilead, NC. (Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic we ask you to please wear a Face Mask / Facial Covering  and use the Hand Sanitizing Station when entering and exiting the Chapel for the Public Viewing).

Harris Funeral Home & Cremations of MT. Gilead, NC, is serving the McDonald and extended families.

Berion Lee McDonald was born on October 20, 1920 in Stanly County, Badin, North Carolina, to Zula Mae and Percy Madison.  But he grew up with his Aunt Mae and Uncle John McDonald and their five children in Mt. Gilead, NC, and took the last name McDonald for school purposes.

Berion has a wonderful childhood.  He always talked about his adventures with his cousins and friends, both black and white and how they were always inventing things to play with and have a good time.  

"B", as he was affectionately called was the youngest out of the buncg and was the last to leave home.  But before he did, his aunt gave him advice that he remembered and used all his years.  It was this (boiled down to a nutshell) make sur.e you save for a stormy day because those days Will come.  That advice served him well because in 1945, he met a young lady by the name of Ruby Spivey whom he married in 1947 and raised 6 chiildren; 3 boys and 3 girls together.  One thing abouy Berion is, he took his responsibilities as a father to heart.  He drove a cab, he was a superintendent, he cut lace, during the time lace was a main stay for women's clothes.  And he was so trustworthy that his boss would leave town and the business in his hands including the banking of the business funds.

Never, ever did his children go hungry, or find themselves without a roof over their heads nor clothes on their backs.  And even after they were grown, some with families of their own, he let them know that they were always welcomed  to come back if they found themselves together.

Berion loved his boys (Samuel, Richard and Aaron) with a passion,  Probably because he could see pieces of himself in every one of them.  Each Sunday,it was his mission to take them in his green car, (he always had some color green car) to Mt. Vernon to attend church where he had the responsibility of a Deacon.  He wanted them to know that there is a God and that they should know about Him.  The girls (Merion, Diane and Pamela) got a chance to jump in the car when it was time for the annual family trip to Rye Beach, NY.

He was an outstanding grandfather and great grandfather, loving all his grands equally.  

Berion stayed strong and physically healthy until he died Thursday, June 4, 2020.  When he reitred, he came back to his home in Mt. Gilead.  He lived 99 years.

Berion Lee McDonald was preceded in death by his daughters, Pamela and Diane; his son Samuel and a grandson, Kevin.

He leaves to mourn his faithful and loving wife Ruby; his  daughter, Merion Lee Burns; his sons, Richard Nathaniel and Aaron Ray McDonald; his son-in-law, Lawrence; his daughters-in-law, Janis and Artelia McDonald; 11 grandchildren, Tisha, Kimathi, Kofi, Lawrence II, Giovanni Sr., Brenden, Jullian, Tanasha, Tinaruth, Tajh, James, Tene, Richard, Jr;, Quashawn, Alex, Tonya and Temeka; his 18 great-grands, and a host of cousins, family and friends. 

Special mention is given to Tene for her tireless effort in taking care of her beloved grandfather and to her son John, who looked after him during his last days.


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Cousin Terrence Chadwick Family
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
My Prayers And Heartfelt Condolences: To The Mrs Ruby McDonald's Family And Extended Family And Friends..Rest In Heavenly Peace Cousin Berion Lee McDonald... God Is Our Comfort in Times of Sorrow. We All Remember His Outstanding Devotion To Our Family And Friends.
Sincerely: Cousin Terrence Chadwick

Steve Bailey
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
My prayers are with the McDonald Family

Gloria Lewis
   Posted Sat June 06, 2020
I am saddened by the passing of our beloved "Mr Bee". As an employee of the Council on Aging, many lives were touch by his teachings, friendship and example of Godly living. I was so looking forward to celebrating 100 with him. May the God of all comfort keep you all. Love you Mrs Ruby.

Lucretia Haywood
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
To know my great uncle is to love him on so many levels... I remember all the many trips you made from New York stopping by the house in Richmond Va to only rest for a few minutes. You never left us without give us God’s word. You were always a godly uncle and I’m grateful for all the teachings. I will forever love you. Rest in God’s house for you are truly one of his kings.

Brenda Dumas
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
My uncle Bee... Who loved God and was a child of God Who loved everyone. He waited patiently on The lord’s help; then he listen to me and Heard my cry. God called him home peacefully. Love your Niece Brenda Dumas

Colette Haywood
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
To my family about my uncle Bee, He was the oldest left in the family. He use to always tell me how pretty I was and how pretty my hair was. Then he use to say girl look how big you have gotten. He would say you have it honest though. You got it from both of your parents side. I Love my uncle Bee he got sick then I got sick and I’m home bound. I always wanted to come to visit him and my aunt. My mother loved her big brother. He lived a good and long life. He was very spiritual. I know right now he is in heaven where they will see each other I’m gonna miss you, Love your niece Colette

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