2018-07-26 / Obituaries

James T. Donahue

Ashland, Va., 94

James T. Donahue, 94, Ashland, Va., died peacefully at home with his wife and family by his side Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

He was born in Norfolk, Va., June 1924, to Louise E. Westman and Timothy Michael Donahue.

Following his graduation from Maury High School, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute as a cadet.

He was drafted into World War II and was sent to Penn State, Pa., for pre-flight training where he met his future wife of 73 years, Cleo Mellott Donahue.

He served as a pilot with the 65th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group, as one of “Ken’s Men” where he flew B-24 Bombers over Japan at the age of 20. He proudly received several medals for his service in World War II.

Following the war, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation he went to work at Fort Lee, Va., and resided in Petersburg, Va., for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Cleo, resided in Harlingen, Texas; Riverside, Calif.; Blacksburg, Va.; Petersburg, Va.; Webster Mills, Pa.; Mathews, Va., and finally Ashland, Va., where they lived with their son, Stephen, his wife Sharon, grandson John, and granddaughter Jenny.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He served as a member of Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a great Dad. He took all the family swimming, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years Cleo Mellott Donahue; four children: James T. Donahue Jr., Stephen V. Donahue (wife Sharon M. Donahue), Andrew R. Donahue, and Catharine L. Thompson (husband T. Thompson); eight grandchildren: Sarah, Rachael, Tim, Ann, Mark, Rebecca, John and Virginia; and nine great-grandchildren: Hoyt, June, Molly, Cora, Tessa, Vivian, Otis, Alethea and Karis.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 24, at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, Ashland, VA 23005.

A funeral service with internment will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 27, at Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 176 Lovers Lane, Mathews VA 23109

Those wishing to honor his memory may do so with contributions to the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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