Ralph McDonald

April 1, 1951 ~ November 17, 2021 (age 70)



A limb has fallen from the family tree. I hear a voice saying, “Grieve not for me”.

Remember the best time, the laughter, the song.

The good life I lived while I was strong.

Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.

Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.

Continue traditions no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls.

I’ll miss you dearly, so keep up your chin.

Until the day comes, we’re meet again.

Author Unknown


A man of wisdom, talent and intelligence, Ralph McDonald, entered Heaven’s Gate, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, while a patient at Bethany Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Albemarle, North Carolina. He was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina on the 1st day of April 1951; and was the son of the late Lindo and Lola Bowden McDonald. Ralph fought the good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith. In this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for sharing an amazing life. A life well-lived and well loved. He will forever be remembered for his kindness and generosity. Until we meet again, may he rest in God’s Care.

Ralph was educated in the Montgomery County public schools and graduated from West Montgomery High School, Mt. Gilead, North Carolina. A plumber by profession, he received his plumber’s certification and was employed with the City of Mt. Gilead for many years.

In high school, Ralph was an exceptional basketball player and was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team. At an early age he attended Mountain Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Mt. Gilead. In his leisure, he enjoyed woodwork and designed masterful aircrafts. He also loved antique cars and was skilled in the mechanics and functions of automobiles. Ralph was a wiz at numbers and was knowledgeable in tax preparations. He enjoyed traveling, especially to and from Chicago, Illinois, where he spent much time in his younger years.

Ralph’s parents, Lindo and Lola and his brothers: Harold, Napoleon, and Walter Lee; sister, Maxine Little preceded him in death.

Loving memories will forever remain in the hearts of his sons: Ulton (Lolita) McAuley, Ralph (Monique) McAuley, Timothy (Dekota) McAuley, and Naricho McDonald; daughters: Kanisha Medley, Tenika McAuley and Sharla McAuley; eighteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Billy Ray McDonald; sisters: Margaret Scarboro, Doreen Armstrong, Lelia Little and Linda Little; aunt, Bernice McBride; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.


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November 22, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Kelsey Funeral Home
217 T. E. White Sr. Dr.
Albemarle, NC 28001

November 23, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Highland Community Center
131 Hoffman Rd
Mt Gilead, NC 27306

Funeral Service
November 23, 2021

1:00 PM
Highland Community Center
131 Hoffman Rd
Mt Gilead, NC 27306

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