== Biography == Donald went to the Lewis Township School through the 8th grade. He then went to the Akron Community School until he graduated Salutatorian of his class in June of 1951. He was called up for active duty with the U.S. Naval Reserves from September 1951 - July 1953. He served 6 months in Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Africa. He attended Carson-Newman College (now University) from September 1953 to June 1957. He was married to Donna Belle Fletcher on August 28, 1955. He was pastor at Pine Orchard Baptist Church, Oakdale, Tennessee from September 1955 to April 1958. He also served as a Welfare Worker for Roane County, TN for 14 months after graduation. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana September 1958 to June 1961. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church, Raceland, LA from August 1959 until July 1962. Two children were born, Roger Clayton 11/04/1959 and Joy Christine 08/29/1961. He was pastor of Truett Memorial Baptist Church, Hayesville, North Carolina from August 1962 until November 1965. A third child was born on 07/19/1961. The family was appointed as Missionaries to Brazil by the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention on 07/15/1965. They arrived in Brazil 12/23/1955. They studied the Portuguese language in Campinas, Sao Paulo for a year and moved to Alagoinhas, Bahia in January of 1967. Rollin Myron was born 10/22/1968 in Salvador, Bahia. They had a furlough in the USA from July 1969 to June 1970 living in Winter Park, Florida. They returned to Alagoinhas, Bahia until June 1972 when they moved to Aracaju, Sergipe where he became Executive Director of the State Baptist Convention Board. They went on their second furlough to the USA in June 1974 living in Louisville, Kentucky where he worked on his Doctor of Ministry degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They returned to Brazil in June of 1975 and moved to Recife, Pernambuco to be the Chaplain at the Friendship House (Christian Social Ministry), taught in the Woman's Training School and the North Brazil Seminary. He also served as the Coordinator of Hunger and Disaster Relief for the North Brazil Baptist Mission for the northeastern Brazil. The next furlough was in June 1979 to June 1980 and we lived in DeLand, Florida where we were missionaries-in-residence at Stetson University. We returned to Recife and continue our work. We opted for shorter furlough and went back to Stetson University in Deland, Florida in July, 2003. A medical exam found that Donna had breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and chemo therapy. We were told that we would not be able to return to Brazil for five years. In January 1984 the IMB invited Don to be a Human Needs Consultant in Richmond, VA. After three years, that job was terminated and we were invited to be Minister of Adults at the First Baptist Church of Pampa Texas in May of 1987 where we served for eight years. We were next invited to be Director of Education and Outreach at Garden City Baptist church, Garden City, South Carolina, starting in June of 1995. . He retired at the end of 1997. He was invited to 'retread' and be Executive Director of Myrtle Beach Campground Ministries in March 1998 to provide Chaplains and programs for five of the larger camp grounds of the area. He resigned in April, 2007. In June he became a part-time Chaplain for Mercy Hospice of Myrtle Beach, SC. In June, 2013 at 81 years of age he was terminated and became full retired. He was a volunteer Worship Leader and Preacher for about eleven years at an assisted living facility name Myrtle Beach Estates ending on Christmas Day 2016. After 21 years in our house in South Carolina near our oldest son, we moved to Kingsport, TN to be near our daughter in January, 2017. Another son lives in Johnson City, TN and another I Chattanooga, TN. We have become members of the First Baptist Church of Kingsport and are active in Senior Center activities.
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