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Pauline Joy McDonald

Born: Tue., Mar. 3, 1959
Died: Sun., May 9, 2021


Public Viewing

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., May 14, 2021
Location: Harris Funeral Home


Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sat., May 15, 2021
Location: Mount Airy AME Zion Church Cemetery


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MISS PAULINE JOY McDONALD, 62 of MT. GILEAD, NC passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021.  Graveside Services will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Mount Airy AME Zion Church Cemetery, 322 Rosenwald School Rd., MT.Gilead, NC.

(Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic everyone attending the Service and Public Viewing are required to wear a mask or facial covering.  Also please use the Hand Sanitizing Station when entering and exiting the Funeral Home.)

A public viewing will be held 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday, May 14, 2021 at Harris Funeral Home & Cremations of MT. Gilead, NC which is serving the McDonald, LeGrande and extended families.

A Time To Be Born: On March 3, 1959, Pauline "Joy" McDonald opened her eyes to the world in Troy, NC, to the late Walter Sr., and Fannie LeGrand McDonald.

A Time For Training:  Joy was raised in Mt. Gilead, NC, where she graduated from West Montgomery High School in the class of 1977.  After graduation, she attended the National Business College in Roanoke, VA.  After receiving her Associates Degree in Business in 1979, she furthered her education at Norfolk State University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology.

A Time to Practice Faith: Joy was first baptized into christian faith at Mt. Airy AME Zion Church.  She sang on the Mt. Airy Junior Choir and represented Mt. Airy at the Sunday School Convention for several years.  While living in Virginia, Joy joined Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Kirk T. Houston, Sr.

A Time for Service: Joy worked for the Norfolk Sheriff's Office Programs Unit and retired after more than 30 years of service.  She taught GED to inmates and also worked in the Chaplain's Department.  Joy pledged and was inducted into Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Sr., and Fannie McDonald; one sister, Annie Virginia and a niece, Mia Ellerbe.

A Time to Remember: Joy leaves to cherish her memories to her sisters; Sally McDonald, Dorsey (Leon) Turner of Mt. Gilead, NC, Carrie McDonald, EverJean Ellerbe, Doretha McDonald, all of Brooklyn, NY; one brother, Walter "June" (Lilly) McDonald of High Point, NC; brother-in-law, Johnnie Morris; two sisters, Fay and Jennifer LeGrand; a very special friend, Robert Dawson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, especially her great-nieces and great-nephews, Maci, Kennedim Jordan and Kingston.

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Theresa Goetsch
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
My Heartfelt Sympathy and Prayers to the family. May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time...

Phyllis Armistead
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
I was so saddened to hear about the passing of my dear line sister, Joy. Joy was a beautiful woman, with a compassionate heart, always giving. Peace and blessings to the family. Phyllis Armistead, Waiting to Exhale 1996, Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

debbie ingram
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
Rest in peace, dear friend and classmate.

Katalina Holt
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
Warm thoughts and prayers to the family Ms Mcdonald was such a joyous and beautiful spirited person she will truly be missed.
M/Dep Holt

H. Wilson (NSO)
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
Ms. McDonald, what a lovely experience it was to work with you for years! You have always been loving and have shown the love of God. Thank you for always asking about my kids and family throughout the years. It was definitely a pleasure knowing you. I pray strength and comfort to your family.

Yolanda R Green
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
My dearest Aunt Joy, I could have never imagined life without you here. It was just easier knowing you were a phone call and few hours away and we would see each other again. Of course I would tell you funny stories just to see you laugh. You were my youngest aunt, my confidant, friend and buddy. I thank the lord for gifting you to us. I will forever be grateful and hold you deep in my heart. I know Fannie has you in her arns. Our Condolences goes out to the rest of our family. The Greens

Leslie Garrett
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
I am very sadden to hear of Joy's passing. Joy and I worked together in the Norfolk Sheriffs Office in the Programs unit. No one, and I mean no one could say a cross word about Joy. When she was born and given the name Joy, God already planned for her to live her life with joy in her heart and soul. She really was such a very sweet person and made me happy each and every day. The inmates serving time in the jail loved seeing Joy walk down the halls. She always took time out to speak to each one and give encouraging words and praise. Some of those who were released but ended up returning, asked about Joy and asked for her to visit them. She definitely made the world such a more beautiful place. She left an everlasting impression on me and so many. She talked about her momma and family every day. And especially the nieces and nephews. She is in God's wonderful hands now. God bless you Joy. I love you.

Andrea Dixon
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
My Dear Joy,
I am happy and was obliged to have had the opportunity to be a part of your life. I am saddened to know that I will never see your beautiful smile again. At least not in this LIFE. You will be truly missed. My condolences to your family.
Love Andrea Dixon a.k.a. Andrea, Dixiedo

Betsy Jordan
   Posted Wed May 12, 2021
It is with a sad heart, I mourn the passing of dear Joy. As many have shared, Joy was such an appropriate name for such a kind, gentle spirited person. Joy had this way about her which made one feel that her bright beautiful smile was intended just for YOU! I never ever heard of her being unkind to anyone. Heaven gave an angel her wings. My very best wishes to her family. -Betsy Jordan, Class of ‘77, West Montgomery

Larry Kirby
   Posted Wed May 12, 2021
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you strength. My most sincere condolences.

Tony Little
   Posted Wed May 12, 2021
Condolences from our family to yours. Prayers for the LeGrand and McDonald family. RIP

Sandra Bishop
   Posted Wed May 12, 2021
I met Joy when she worked with my cousin at Norfolk Sheriff Department. She literally spoiled my baby boy when he was younger. He is now 37. She was such a sweet, kind and soft spoken soul. We loved her. Sending our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. May God bless you all with a peace and serenity as we all adjust to your transition to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest my friend... we love you

Sandra Bishop
   Posted Wed May 12, 2021
I met Joy when she worked with my cousin Camye at the Norfolk Sheriff Department. She literally spoiled my baby boy when he was younger. He is now 37. She was such a sweet, kind and soft spoken soul. We loved her. Sending our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. May God bless you all with a peace and serenity as we all adjust to your transition to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest my friend... we love you

Lorraine Snyder
   Posted Wed May 12, 2021
Joy was a blessing to all who knew her. I am so grateful to have known her. She went floor to floor sharing the Lord and praying for all who was in need. She was a good friend, a prayer warrior, a teacher and had something positive to share in all situations. Rest In Peace my sister, Joy. You sure leave big void to fill. My sincere prayer of comfort and peace to all of Joy’s loved ones and friends until we all see each other again.

Benitee Towler Moore
   Posted Thu May 13, 2021

Large Spathiphyllum was sent by The Towler Family.

Sending our condolences and prayers for comfort during this time of bereavement. Joy was well loved. With Sympahy, Dwight, Catherine and Benite’e Towler


Cynthia Thompson
   Posted Thu May 13, 2021
Rest in peace classmate. You were always a sweet soul. Heaven is surely your home.

Deborah Turner
   Posted Thu May 13, 2021

Medium Spathiphyllum was sent by Deborah L. Turner.

Prayers, condolences, and love to the family. Deborah L. Turner and family.


B. Lisa Downey-Hood
   Posted Thu May 13, 2021

Small Spathiphyllum was sent by Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc..

With Heartfelt Sympathy on the homegoing of our beloved Soror Pauline "Joy" McDonald. With Delta Love, The Officers and Members of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Portsmouth, Virginia


Rev Mr. & Mrs Columbus House & Family
   Posted Thu May 13, 2021
To the McDonald Family, We send our condolences to the family, our prayers are with you. The House Family

Tanya Johnson
   Posted Thu May 13, 2021

Medium Dish Garden was sent by Tanya Johnson.

Praying for your family. -Tanya Johnson


Tommie Berger
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021

Small Spathiphyllum was sent by Tommie.

Wishing the family strength and comfort through this difficult time. Praying for the family, RIP Aunt Joy- Tommie Berger


Diane Civitate
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021
It hurts my heart to hear that Ms.Mcdonald passed away. She gave me do much comfort when I was in Norfolk jail. I loved her she was such a joy and loving person. Prayers go out to the family. 😢😪

Sheriff Joe Baron
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021
On behalf of the men and women of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Joy. The news of her passing was received with a very heavy heart and I join your family and friends in mourning her loss.

We are grateful for Ms. McDonald’s decades of committed service to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Norfolk, VA. She served with our organization in various capacities and worked hand in hand with every division throughout our jail operations. Joy served with care, compassion, and love. She had a genuine Christ like approach with all people she encountered and it connected people to her in a big way.

Joy’s accomplishments during her 30 years at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office include, but are not limited to: developing curriculum for inmate students, teaching Life Skills Programs (CHOICES, Renewal, Before & After, Grief & Loss, Financial Literacy), liaison for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Jail Ministries, founded the Norfolk Jail Ministries Volunteer Corp which donated thousands of hours of grief loss counseling and religious programming, began jail AA & NA programming with local volunteers, managed Ramadan celebrations, performed funerals for NSO family members and taught GED, basic tutoring and adult literacy.

Joy’s impact on others was tremendous for whomever she had the chance to meet, counsel, or pray with. Through her positive impact in the jail, to not only inmates but to our staff, she was able to inspire countless individuals and is someone that truly made a difference in the lives of others, myself included.

I hope you know you are not alone and that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. We send our love, prayers, and warm embrace to your entire family and share our empathy we all who loved Ms. McDonald in the community and at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. It is my greatest hope that the peace that comes from your cherished memories will comfort you now and in the days ahead. May God bless you all.

Susan Lee
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021

Loving Cross was sent by Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church Stewardship Ministry.

Joy, we will forever miss you. You were our inspiration and we could always "COUNT" on you. We love you. The Stewardship Ministry of Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church/Norfolk VA


Susan Lee
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021

Colorful Serenity was sent by Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church (Norfolk, VA).

"JOY" in the morning, you will forever be in our hearts. You touched so many lives during your time in the Hampton Roads area (Norfolk) and especially at Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church. You will be missed but never forgotten.


Rev. Mr. & Mrs Columbus House & Family
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021
To the McDonald and Legrand family. Sending our condolences and praying for the family. Praying God give you strength and comfort. The House Family

Reuthenia Clark
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021
The Evangelism Ministry and the entire Gethsemane Family has lost a jewel. Joy was such an astounding asset to us and so full of the Joy of Jesus. We loved her quiet presence because she was always so sweet and wonderful to us all. We will miss her so much but her contributions will live on for a long, long time. Family, please know our prayers are with you.

The House Family
   Posted Sat May 15, 2021
To the McDonald and Legrand family, we're sorry for your loss we're sending our condolences to the family, praying for the family during this difficult time. Rev. Mr and Mrs Columbus House & Family

Catherine Towler
   Posted Sat May 15, 2021
As the time draws near for your service, memories of you are flooding our thoughts.
We thank God for our sweet Joy. At Gethsemane, we were family, who loved and cared for each other. You will always be in our hearts. We can still see your smile and hear your laughter. Serving and working in ministry was your calling, and you counted it pure joy to do our Father's will. It was our blessing to know, love, and serve with you.
Dwight and Catherine Towler, Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church

Merita E Brinkley
   Posted Sat May 15, 2021
To the family of Ms. Joy McDonald, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Joy was a joy to be around. Each encounter we had, she greeted me with love, a hug and a smile. I will miss her sweet spirit. Take your rest Joy, we'll be together again when the trumpet sounds!

Bertha Smith
   Posted Sun May 16, 2021
Prayers and love to the family. My deepest condolences to all the family.

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