The handsome, kindhearted Edward Lee McDonald, Jr. was born on July 5, 1956, in Memphis, TN, to the late Edward McDonald, Sr. & Ruthie McDonald. Edward was the fifth of six beautiful children born from this union. Edward was a proud graduate of the Hamilton High School class of 1974. He later attended Southwest Tennessee Community College, where he coached girls’ basketball. Edward met his childhood sweetheart, who later became the love of his life and soulmate, Mrs. Debora Lynn McDonald (who preceded him in death on September 21, 2018). The two high school sweethearts later married and raised a beautiful family. Edward and his loving wife relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he managed Levitz and Rhodes Furniture, but his heart was in sales, where he excelled and became a member of the Million Dollar Club nine times in the furniture industry joining only a few in this prestigious league. Edward was loved by many because he willingly coached, mentored, and set an example of how to be successful in life. Edward was a true definition of a real man, and he desired to help many. Edward accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a young age, where he Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. Edward’s remarkable faith was tested and proved as he lost his lovely wife, Debora McDonald. His faith in God remained as he had to learn to live life again without her. Edward’s love of God also showed through her incredible work ethic. During his time in Georgia, he was a faithful employee of Levitz, Rhodes, American Signature, Rooms To Go, and Ashley’s Furniture Store, where he met many lifelong friends. Edward remained a valued employee at Ashley’s Furniture Store until his passing. In Edward’s free time, he loved to bring people together by hosting gatherings, hang out with his friends at El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant, travel with his wife, and spend time with his family. He loved all sports; however, he had a real love for the Atlanta Falcons. Edward and Debora’s love for others could always be felt by all that they encountered. It was their dynamic spirit that allowed them to open their home to everyone repeatedly. It is for this reason that their legacy will forever live on through so many lives. Edward is preceded in death by his wife, Debora McDonald, Edward McDonald, Sr. & Ruthie McDonald, older brother, Jerome (Jady) McDonald, and sister-in-law and best friend, Marjorie (Moochie) Jackson. Edward leaves to cherish his memory, his loving three children – LaKeisha Jackson, Ebony Jackson, and Edward L. McDonald, III; two grandchildren – Robert (Dayshaun) Hurst and Micah Jackson, and his niece/honorary daughter Tamika Jackson and her three children – Marquail (Quail) Atcherson, Jr., Jaden Atcherson, and India Atcherson. He also leaves his two sisters, Edna Word (Donell), Beverly McDonald-Reed (Charles), two brothers, Glenn McDonald (Juanita), Reginald McDonald (Ronda), and loving in-laws. *Edward also leaves his best friend and honorary brother, Karl Mickens, and a host of godchildren by way of Atlanta – Chiquida Lowe, Regina McDonald, Tina Bracy, Tamill Harris, Kim Polite, Naida Thomas, Portia Randle, Josh Brewster, BJ Simmons, Stedman Valentine, Zaid Hakim, Sakeesh Hamilton, and Eurica Bloodser.
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