August 16, 2020
Mr. Cleo McDonald age 88 of Cookeville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday morning, August 14, 2020 at Signature Health Care in Cookeville. He was born December 15, 1931 to his parents, the late Ezra and Myrah Belle Henry McDonald. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stillborn daughter, Sylvia Diane McDonald; grandson, Josh Rice; 5 brothers, Troy, Hoy, Marchel, Ray and Dallas McDonald; mother of his children, Anna Ruth McDonald; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Ina Mai Hendrixson. Cleo was saved at the age of 72, and was a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army in the 96th Field Artillery and was in the Korean Conflict. Mr. Cleo worked as a brick and block mason. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted and loving wife, Paulette Hendrixson McDonald of Cookeville; 4 daughters, Shan (Jim) Ellis of Trenton, MI, Karen Olds of TN, Teresa Barrett of Grayton Beach, FL and GG (Paul) Davis of Athens, AL; 2 step-children, Jason Parsley of Panama City Beach, FL and Paula Yost of Atlanta, GA; 11 grandchildren, Cruz McDonald Ellis, Chris Rice, Kelly Olds, Dannielle Olds, Jessica Olds, Ericka Barrett, Jarred Barrett, Alec Yarbrough, Kaleb Goode, Abby Vinson and Hannah Goode; several great-grandchildren; sister, Vera Goolsby of Cookeville. Funeral services will be 1 PM Monday, August 17, 2020 at the Stevens Street Baptist Church in Cookeville with Bro. Scott Parkison officiating, burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and Military Honors will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Monday 11:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM at Stevens Street Baptist Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.