Ray Clifton Donathan

Ray Clifton Donathan

Ray Clifton Donathan, age 88, of Hot Springs, went to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Saturday, November 9, 2019. He was born on November 13, 1930, in Hot Springs, the son of T. C. Donathan and Mamie Moore Donathan. He was preceded in death by; his parents; one infant grandson and two brothers, James Donathan and Donald Donathan. Ray graduated from Lakeside High School in 1948. He married Willodene Hobby on November 29, 1950. Ray joined the Army in 1952 and after serving four years, he and Willodene returned to their hometown of Hot Springs, where they raised their family and have remained ever since. Ray was an employee of First Federal Savings/Landmark until he founded Donathan Real Estate Appraisal, where he retired in 2007. Ray joined Hot Springs Kiwanis club in 1963, holding every office in the local chapter. He served as Lieutenant Governor, Governor-Elect, and Governor of the Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis International. He was President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, Director of Hot Springs Board of Realtors, and served on many area boards and committees such as Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, United Way and others. In 1982, he was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award. Ray was a 32 Scottish Rite Mason. He was a member of National Park College Board of Trustees for over forty years, serving as Chair of the Board numerous times. Ray and his wife were long time members of Arkansas Razorback Road Hogs and Razorback Foundation. When Ray, wife, and dogs werent traveling to Hog games, they traveled east to west, and north to south, exploring the United States. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Willodene Donathan of Hot Springs; two daughters, Marsha Donathan Kimbrough and her husband, Dr. Randy Kimbrough of Springdale and Dr. Cynthia Donathan Morgan and her husband Phillip Morgan of Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Dr. Scott Kimbrough and his wife Lauren Kimbrough, Amy Kimbrough Mitchell and her husband Doug Mitchell and Rev. Mark Kimbrough and his wife, Dr. Hannah Kimbrough; three great-grandchildren, Eliza Grace Kimbrough, Shepard Clifton Kimbrough and Lydia Kate Mitchell; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Raymond and Sharon Donathan, Barbara Donathan, and Sue Godwin, all of Hot Springs; one sister and brother-in-law, Corine and O.J. Smith of Hot Springs; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Hobby of Hot Springs; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and many friends. Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 14, 2019, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs, with Pastor Terry Williams, Rev. Mark Kimbrough and Elder Harry Crabtree officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until service time on Thursday. Pallbearers will be Randy Kimbrough, Phillip Morgan, Doug Hobby, Scott Kimbrough, Bobby Donathan and Doug Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be, National Park College Board of Trustees; the congregation of Community of Christ Church; Doug Harville, Donald Hobby, surviving members of Lakeside High School Class of 1948 and Mallory Alu. Memorials may be made in memory of Ray C Donathan to National Park College at 101 College Drive, Hot Springs, AR 71913. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.
November 13, 1930 - November 9, 201911/13/193011/09/2019
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Dwight Smith
November 14, 2019
Wow! Lots of memories with Ray and Willodene. Willodene- I love you and Ray. Remember God is good all the time! Dwight Smith
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Cathy Hollingsworth
November 14, 2019
Prayers for your family today Marsha. There is nothing like a daddy to a daughter. May your sweet memories sustain you in the days to come!
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Paula Irwin
November 14, 2019
I have wonderful memories of Mr. Donathan and his many trips to Springdale to visit Randy, Marsha, and his grandkids. Since many of us who are Randy and Marsha’s friends had kids the same ages as Scott, Amy, and Mark, we all shared many birthday gatherings, ballgames, et... Continue Reading
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Mike and Shirley Rainwater
November 13, 2019
So sorry to hear this, we have lost a truly great Man and a friend to all that knew him, Shirley and I will keep you in our prayers
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Millie
November 13, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my prayers.
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Debbie Carnathan
November 13, 2019
Continued prayers for your and your family! Hoping for strength and guidance during this difficult time.
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Sheila Kinzer
November 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss & my thoughts & prayers are with you Willodene.
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Sherry and Larry beavers
November 12, 2019
We were sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God be with you to guide you and your mother through this time of sorrow.
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Leysa and David Lowery
November 12, 2019
Your family is in our prayers; may God grant you peace and comfort. We didn't get to know Ray well, but we felt like he was part of our family -- he and Willodene have always been so kind to our daughter, Mallory. Love and sympathy to you all.