Funeral services for the Rev. Gary Dean McDonald, 66, Wilson, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Wilson with the Rev. Jason Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Hewitt Cemetery in Wilson. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Gary was born April 15, 1949, at Mannsville, Okla., to Sherl McDonald and the late Sadie (Weems) McDonald. He departed this life Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home in Wilson.
Gary was raised in Dickson graduating Dickson High School in 1967. He attended college at Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. On June 18, 1968, Gary married the former Linda Pogue at the Lake Murray Chapel in Ardmore. They have been residents of Wilson since 1978. Gary worked as a carpenter outside the home. Gary received a calling into the ministry in 1973 and for several years he served as the minister for numerous churches including Brock Baptist Church, Oil City Church, and was with McAlister Indian Baptist Church for over nine years. Gary was also the founding Pastor at the Believers Baptist Church of Ardmore, where he currently was serving. In his spare time, Gary loved watching westerns and enjoyed working on lawn-mowers.
Preceding him in death was his mother, Sadie McDonald in 1953; stepmother, Naomi McDonald in 2006; and brother, Sherl Ray McDonald in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (Pogue) McDonald of the home; father, Sherl McDonald of Dickson; daughter, Deana Edgar and husband, Wayne of Norman; three sons, Joe McDonald and wife, Julie of Ardmore, Jeremy McDonald and wife, Brandy of Dickson, and Josh McDonald and wife, Latoya of Wilson; sister, Sharrian Ponder and husband, Ray of Dickson; grandchildren, Madison, Gibbon, Hayden, Rylie Jo, Creed, Zoey, Jack, Callum, Trace and Zach; and numerous other family, church family and a multitude of friends.
Casket bearers are Joe McDonald, Jeremy McDonald, Josh McDonald, Callum McKinnon, Kenneth McDonald and Zach Campbell.
Honorary bearers are Gibbon Edgar, Hayden Edgar, Creed McDonald, Jakin McDonald, Jack McDonald, Trace McKinnon, Elwood Hattenstye, Earl McDonald Jr. and Beryl McDonald.
Family visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Condolences may be sent online at alexanderfuneralhome.org.