Funeral services for Bobby McDonald, age 60, of Sulphur Springs will be held Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Hopkins County Civic Center, with Jerry Savage and Shane Carrington officiating. Interment will follow at Reilly Springs Cemetery with Chad Jones, Jeremy Jones, Michael Lawrence, Dr. Danny Lawrence, Cody Kirby and Dr. David Black serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held Friday, November 25, 2016 at 6-8 p.m. at Hopkins County Civic Center.
Mr. McDonald passed away Monday, November 21, 2016 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born July 29, 1956 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Phillip M. “Pete” and Joyce (Crouch) McDonald. He was the owner of Front Porch News, a dairyman and a farmer. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ
He is survived by his mother, Joyce McDonald of Yantis; two sisters, Judy Jones and husband Marlin of Sulphur Springs and Jan Lawrence and husband David of Muleshoe, Texas; nieces and nephews, Chad Jones and wife Laura, Jeremy Jones, Michael Lawrence and wife, Jandi, Dr. Danny Lawrence and wife Shannon, Abby Kirby and husband Cody and Jacy Heinrich; and several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Jason Lawrence.
Memorials can be made in honor of Mr. McDonald to Reilly Springs Cemetery Association, 1217 South Broadway, Sulphur Springs, Tx. 75482 or Hopkins County 4H, P.O. Box 518, Sulphur Springs, Tx. 75433
McDonald died Monday afternoon, November 21, 2016 following complications from emergency surgery to remove his appendix on November 8th.
A family member noted to KSST News that McDonald loved and promoted Hopkins County. He grew up in rural Hopkins County. His father, Pete McDonald owned and operated a store on State Highway 154 in Southern Hopkins County.
McDonald attended Texas A & M University on an academic scholarship along with others from Hopkins County. He wrote more than one book on Hopkins County Life. One of his books, Black History of Hopkins County, was well received. A Saturday prayer time on Celebration Plaza led by members of the county identified McDonald as one who united the communities of the county as one.
His work ethic was untiring. On Monday, November 7th, his morning blog update included the weather for the General Election Day on Tuesday, November 8 and a review of his weekend—“a busy day on Sunday that began with posting stories and photos for a busy Saturday….going to church…..returning home for a quick lunch and then working additional football photos and tending to some chores…..an afternoon nap that was badly needed…..then some quality time spent with my dogs.” His church activities, community youth activities, and promotion of various county and school activities occupied his time.
Three hours later on Monday, November 7, his health issues began. “Folks…….is there some kind of “stomach bug” going around?…..I’m someone that is never sick and have a “stomach of iron,” but during church yesterday morning my stomach started cramping and it has continued to off and on since then. I don’t know if it’s something that I ate or if it is some virus that is going around!”
On Tuesday, Election Day, he blogged, “Me, I’ve been ‘sick at my stomach’ over this election, and now I’ve literally gotten sick…….I’m headed to the doctor after while….it just doesn’t seem to get much better…” Tests were run just before 10 a.m. Tuesday and at 12:30 p.m. he announced, “It’s my appendix……. emergency surgery this afternoon!!!!!” During his surgery, his blood pressure became an issue. He was placed on a ventilator and later dialysis would be tried when his kidneys failed. He remained in the local hospital until being moved to Dallas for various treatments.