Edmond “Jabo” Leon McDonald

Posted at 2:46 PM on Apr 5, 2018

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Edmond “Jabo” Leon McDonald, 82, of Statesville, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Autumn Care.

He was born in Rockingham County on December 9, 1935, and was the son of the late Edmond McDonald and Johnsie McLaughlin McDonald. He attended Rockingham County schools and, on June 23, 1961, he married Shirley Dobbins McDonald and together they shared 56 years of marriage until his death.

Mr. McDonald was a member of Crusade Revival Church and served as a Deacon while his health allowed.

Jabo was a God-fearing man. He loved the Lord and trusted Him with his life and the life of his family. His love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was what completed his life. His hobby was fishing and working on cars. He loved to work and was a firm believer in the scripture from Genesis 3:19 (NIV): "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground…”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Milton McDonald and Barbara McDonald, along with a number of brothers and sisters.

Along with his wife Shirley McDonald, he is survived by five children, Leon McDonald Jr., Mary Lee McDonald, Edmond Eugene McDonald III, Debbie Bailey and Kelly McDonald, all of Statesville; and two sisters, Mary Perry of Salisbury and Geneva Farrar of Statesville; along with a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Edmond McDonald will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Edmond Leon McDonald.

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