Rufus Edwin Donaldson
Loved By Everyone
Hayesville – Rufus Edwin Donaldson, age 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021.
A native of Haywood County, Rufus was born November 22, 1939 to the late Milas Barringer Donaldson and the late Lorene Swanger Donaldson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Ayers; and brother, Gene Donaldson.
Mr. Donaldson was well-known throughout his community, and his family and his friends were a very important part of his life. Rufus loved being among the mountains where he enjoyed running his beagles with his buddies. He was blessed with the opportunity of traveling across the country while working for singer and songwriter, Travis Tritt. He continued to enjoy traveling until his retirement. He was also a talented woodworking craftsman, and nothing brought him more joy than working with his hands. Memories of Rufus Donaldson will be held in the hearts of his family and his friends forever.
Surviving are his son, Terry Donaldson; two brothers, Roger Donaldson and his wife Vicki, and Dwight Donaldson and his wife Kathy; his nephews and nieces; and his devoted girlfriend of 9 years, Rachel Conner.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.