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Retired (SSG) Jerry Donnell

January 10, 1944 ~ February 22, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Retired (SSG) Jerry Donnell Obituary

 Mr.  Jerry Andrew Donnell departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday February 22, 2024 while at his home in Hampton Virginia surrounded by his children.

He was born January 10, 1944 to the late Andrew Donnell and Era Price Donnell.  A native of Lebanon, Tennessee, Jerry attended Wilson County High School where he was a member and drum major of the Wilson County Trojan Band. Jerry went on to pursue a career with the United States Army upon graduation. 

On December 31, 1965 Jerry married his childhood friend and high school sweet heart Wilma Cartwright. Together they traveled the world creating endless  memories for more than 20 years. This union of 52 years created three extraordinary daughters, Vanessa “Nessie”, Veronica “Roni”, Valeta “Nik”.

Affectionately known as “Daddy”, Jerry enjoyed Cookouts, card games, playing golf, bowling, and most of all spending time with family. Jerry’s door was always open to anyone in need of a good talk and a good laugh. Jerry enjoyed expressing his love through dedicated services with the Queen Street Baptist Church Usher Board, Diaconate Board, Brotherhood, and The Marching Elites Association for At Risk Youth. 

Jerry loved his family dearly and enjoyed serving his community with pride. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Jerry was loved by all. Go Cowboys Go!!

Jerry was proceeded in death by his parents Mr. And Mrs. Andrew Donnell. The love of his life, Wilma Cartwright Donnell; siblings Verga Lee Mathis, Eulea Mathis, and Landon Mathis Jr.

He leaves to cherish his brother James Mathis; his devoted cousins Loretta Chalmers, Billie Ann Cartwright, Audrey, Bell Donnell; birth children, Vanessa Donnell Taylor, Veronica Lucas, and Valeta Monique Donnell “Niki”.  Sons; Michael “Mitch”, Leo, Latevi, Darren, Vaughn and Eric. Grand children, Ariah Lanae, Micah LaShae, Maya LaShawn, Elisha Lawson, Hilton “Sunny Boy”, Julio “Jay”, Fabio “Karate” , and Great-Grand- Daughter Leilani Capri “Boobi”; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins , friends and family, all of whom will miss him.


It is the desires of the Donnell family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


The family of Retired ( SSG) Jerry Donnell has entrusted his final care to C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.


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March 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Queen Street Baptist Church North Worship Center, Hampton, Virginia
94 N. Armistead Ave.
Hampton, VA 23669

A Homegoing Celebration
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Queen Street Baptist Church North Worship Center, Hampton, Virginia
94 N. Armistead Ave.
Hampton, VA 23669

March 2, 2024

Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton VA


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