Former Florida resident Freddie D. McDonald, 75, died January 15, 2021, with his family by his side in Akron, Ohio.
Fred was born November 29, 1945, in York, Alabama to Bob and Mattie Bell McDonald. He was one of eleven children born into this union. At a young age, Fred accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and sang in the choir as a young man.
Fred served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a Light Weapons Infantryman. He received a number of commendations including: the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Combat Infantryman’s badge, the Air Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he worked numerous jobs at Goodrich, before ultimately retired from Hairston Appliances. Fred’s work did not stop after retirement; he began a “Fix It” business. If you ever needed help with anything, he gave you his “Fred will fix it” card. He was a very proud, loving and helpful man who was always doing for others.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ethel, brothers Johnny, Joe Nathan and Willie V.. Fred is survived by his sons Tony (Tabitha), Cornelieus (Felicia), Jermaine, Lamont (Trisha) and daughter Daniella (Keith); thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his loving life companion Karen D. Vader of Akron; siblings Lloyd Crum, Ida (Albert) Williams, Bobbie Gulley, Robert (Carrie) McDonald, Gladys (Wayne) Johnson, McDuffy (Patricia) Mcdonald, brother-in-law Harvey Moorer and sister-in-law Margrate Williams. He also leaves behind an aunt and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held on January 21, 2021 at Wilkinson Funeral Home located at 1158 South Arlington Street Akron, Ohio 44306. Calling hours are at 11:00 a.m. and the service will begin at 12:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at 10175 Rawiga Road in Seville, Ohio 44273.
Condolences may be sent to 285 Channelwood Circle Apt. 615 Akron, Ohio 44307.