A funeral service honoring the life of Mr. Jerry Wain McDonald, 83, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Converse, LA with Brother Chucky Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Converse Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2022, until the time of service.
Jerry passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. He was born in Converse, LA on February 5, 1938, to Rixie and Gladys Graham McDonald. He graduated from Converse High School and served as Sunday school secretary and Deacon of First Baptist Church in Converse. He was a veteran of the Armed Forces. He received a business degree from Northwestern State University and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Masters +30 in Administrations, Supervision and Guidance Counseling.
Jerry began his career as a teacher and later became principal in Johnson Bayou, Cameron Parish LA. He then served many years as teacher and guidance counselor at Converse High School, Converse LA. He was president of the North Sabine Fire District Board of Directors for 3 years and has been a member of the NSFD for almost 30 years. He served as vice-president, president and in various other capacities for the Sabine Parish Police Jury.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his brothers, Don, J.T., and Robert McDonald. Left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Kimberly McDonald Lewis of Greenville, TX, Karen McDonald Hyde and her husband, Josh of Alexandria, LA, Kristie McDonald Fresh and her husband, Dr. Robert Fresh of Woodworth, LA; his sisters, Mary M. Hawthorne of Converse, LA, Betty M. English and her husband, Donnie of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Dr. Autumn Lewis, Caroline Hyde, Christian Hyde, August Fresh, Camilla Fresh, Anders Fresh, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Jerry had special people take care of him during his time of illness and they became family: Sherri Vines, Macey Tuck, Beverly Marr, Johnette Ryals, Debbie Procell Roe, Jerry Campbell, Cindy Bissell, Misti Booker, and Lillie-Anne Kay Tuck.
Honoring Jerry as pallbearers will be Jerry Campbell, Noel Hicks, Johnny Wayne Ebarb, Ronald McDonald, Craig Richardson, and Doug Williams.