Rufus Edwin Donaldson

Wednesday, November 22, 1939 - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Loved By Everyone

Photo of Rufus Edwin Donaldson  - 1939-2021

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.

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry to hear about Rufus. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Jerry & Darlene Gregg
Darlene Gregg
Rachel you have my deepest sympathy I think you know how much that I loved Rufus I’m just so shocked I didn’t realize that he had gotten that sick please let me know of the memorial service lots of love always Gail
Gail Cannon