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Donald Lee Ramsey

Clinton, Arkansas

August 13, 1942 - May 15, 2024

Donald Lee Ramsey Obituary

Donald Lee Ramsey, Sr. of Scotland, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 15th 2024 surrounded by his children and loved ones. He was born on August 13th 1942, on Archy Creek in Clinton, Arkansas to the late Clyde and Hessie (McCoy) Ramsey.


As a child Don lived and grew up in several different states. After being born in Arkansas, his family moved to Arizona and then later to California where his dad took a job as a steel worker. However, his family would always travel back to Arkansas to visit friends and family. It was on one of these trips back the Arkansas where Don would meet the love of his wife Reba (Dunham) Ramsey. The first date they went on, he picked her up and they went to church together. He would eventually have to return to California, but the two stayed in touch through letters and phone calls. As soon as he was able, Don moved back to Arkansas, and he asked Reba to be his wife. The two were married on August 22nd 1963, in Scotland, Arkansas. Together they built a wonderful life and were blessed with three amazing kids: Shelia Marie (Ramsey) Gardner, Rita Joe (Ramsey) Lockwood, and Donald Lee Ramsey, Jr.


Don was taught the value of hard work and honesty by his father, and it was something he lived by and passed on to his kids and grandchildren. He always worked hard his whole life to provide and support his family. He worked several different jobs throughout his life which included being a steel fabricator, an offshore oil worker, and a welder. He was also the janitor at Scotland High School and would come clean after getting off work from his job as a welder.


He enjoyed many activities throughout is life including horseback riding, growing a garden, taking care of his lawn, squirrel and coon hunting, raising animals of all kinds, and hiking. His love for animals and horseback riding was something he enjoyed doing and passing on as well. He rode countless miles on horseback with his son, grandsons, and friends. If there was a trail ride around, you could bet Don would be riding in it. He always had lots of animals around the farm to and loved his many dogs and his wolf King. He and Reba also took pride in growing one of the best gardens around. They would always grow a garden big enough to make sure all their family and friends had fresh vegetables to eat. After he retired, Don developed a love for hiking. He always enjoyed being in the outdoors and this was another way he could enjoy God’s creation. He would walk countless miles around Gulf Mountain and other trails exploring new areas and seeing new things. Don and his brother Jim even went and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail together. Finally, he loved and took pride in growing a great beard, if you knew Don you knew he usually always had one. He would even dye it green on St. Patrick’s Day to make everyone smile.


However, his greatest joy in life was his family and his love for Jesus. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all the family with passion. He taught them the value of a hard day’s work, honesty, and integrity. He set an amazing example of what a husband, father, grandfather should be. Throughout his life he helped start many different churches, serving a deacon in most all of them. He loved Jesus with all his heart and always looked forward to the day when he would see him face to face. He influenced many lives throughout his life and will be greatly missed by all, but he lives on through the ones he leaves behind. He and Reba are now reunited once again in heaven, never again to part.


Don is survived by one son Donald Lee (Rebecca) Ramsey Jr.; two daughters Shelia (Bobby) Gardner and Rita (Wayne) Lockwood. Nine grandchildren: Daniel (Meghan) Gardner, Eric (Tracy) Coward, Amanda (Andy) Gibson, Donald Lee Ramsey 3rd , Dakota Ramsey, Zachary Ramsey, Megan Ramsey (Conner Smith), Noah Chalk, Kortney (Dakota) Ricketts. Six great-grandchildren: Evy Gardner, Ethan Coward, Presley Coward, Lincoln Ricketts, Samuel Ricketts, Sloane Ricketts, and one on the way Gus Gardner. Two brothers, James Ramsey, Jerry Ramsey and one sister, Wanita Cullup. And a countless number of other family and friends.


He was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 60 years Reba Ramsey. Parents Clyde and Hessie Ramsey. Three brothers Wade Ramsey, Egune Ramsey, Aubrey Ramsey, and one nephew Wade Ramsey.


Visitation service will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Monday, May 20, 2024, at Scotland Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church in Scotland, Arkansas. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm, with Sister Shelia Gardner officiating. Interment will be at Foster Cemetery, Scotland, Arkansas.


Clinton Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with arrangements for the Ramsey Family. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories of Donald Ramsey, Sr. on our Memory Wall.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Donald Lee Ramsey hosted by Clinton Funeral Service.

Donald Lee Ramsey, Sr. of Scotland, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 15th 2024 surrounded by his children and loved ones. He was born on August 13th 1942, on Archy Creek in Clinton, Arkansas to the late Clyde and Hessie (McCoy) Ramsey.


As a child Don lived and grew up in several different states. After being born in Arkansas, his family moved to Arizona and then later to California where his dad took a job as a steel worker. However, his family would always travel back to Arkansas to visit friends and family. It was on one of these trips back the Arkansas where Don would meet the love of his wife Reba (Dunham) Ramsey. The first date they went on, he picked her up and they went to church together. He would eventually have to return to California, but the two stayed in touch through letters and phone calls. As soon as he was able, Don moved back to Arkansas, and he asked Reba to be his wife. The two were married on August 22nd 1963, in Scotland, Arkansas. Together they built a wonderful life and were blessed with three amazing kids: Shelia Marie (Ramsey) Gardner, Rita Joe (Ramsey) Lockwood, and Donald Lee Ramsey, Jr.


Don was taught the value of hard work and honesty by his father, and it was something he lived by and passed on to his kids and grandchildren. He always worked hard his whole life to provide and support his family. He worked several different jobs throughout his life which included being a steel fabricator, an offshore oil worker, and a welder. He was also the janitor at Scotland High School and would come clean after getting off work from his job as a welder.


He enjoyed many activities throughout is life including horseback riding, growing a garden, taking care of his lawn, squirrel and coon hunting, raising animals of all kinds, and hiking. His love for animals and horseback riding was something he enjoyed doing and passing on as well. He rode countless miles on horseback with his son, grandsons, and friends. If there was a trail ride around, you could bet Don would be riding in it. He always had lots of animals around the farm to and loved his many dogs and his wolf King. He and Reba also took pride in growing one of the best gardens around. They would always grow a garden big enough to make sure all their family and friends had fresh vegetables to eat. After he retired, Don developed a love for hiking. He always enjoyed being in the outdoors and this was another way he could enjoy God’s creation. He would walk countless miles around Gulf Mountain and other trails exploring new areas and seeing new things. Don and his brother Jim even went and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail together. Finally, he loved and took pride in growing a great beard, if you knew Don you knew he usually always had one. He would even dye it green on St. Patrick’s Day to make everyone smile.


However, his greatest joy in life was his family and his love for Jesus. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all the family with passion. He taught them the value of a hard day’s work, honesty, and integrity. He set an amazing example of what a husband, father, grandfather should be. Throughout his life he helped start many different churches, serving a deacon in most all of them. He loved Jesus with all his heart and always looked forward to the day when he would see him face to face. He influenced many lives throughout his life and will be greatly missed by all, but he lives on through the ones he leaves behind. He and Reba are now reunited once again in heaven, never again to part.


Don is survived by one son Donald Lee (Rebecca) Ramsey Jr.; two daughters Shelia (Bobby) Gardner and Rita (Wayne) Lockwood. Nine grandchildren: Daniel (Meghan) Gardner, Eric (Tracy) Coward, Amanda (Andy) Gibson, Donald Lee Ramsey 3rd , Dakota Ramsey, Zachary Ramsey, Megan Ramsey (Conner Smith), Noah Chalk, Kortney (Dakota) Ricketts. Six great-grandchildren: Evy Gardner, Ethan Coward, Presley Coward, Lincoln Ricketts, Samuel Ricketts, Sloane Ricketts, and one on the way Gus Gardner. Two brothers, James Ramsey, Jerry Ramsey and one sister, Wanita Cullup. And a countless number of other family and friends.


He was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 60 years Reba Ramsey. Parents Clyde and Hessie Ramsey. Three brothers Wade Ramsey, Egune Ramsey, Aubrey Ramsey, and one nephew Wade Ramsey.


Visitation service will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Monday, May 20, 2024, at Scotland Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church in Scotland, Arkansas. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm, with Sister Shelia Gardner officiating. Interment will be at Foster Cemetery, Scotland, Arkansas.


Clinton Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with arrangements for the Ramsey Family. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories of Donald Ramsey, Sr. on our Memory Wall.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Donald Lee Ramsey hosted by Clinton Funeral Service.

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