William Raiford  McDonald Sr.
William Raiford McDonald Sr., passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy illness on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
He was 81 years old. A native of Sylvester and born on Oct. 21, 1938, Raiford and his wife, Aurelia (Ree) Ann moved to Dalton in 1965 upon his graduation from Georgia State University. Raiford was well known in the carpet industry which included a 43-year career with Textile Rubber and Chemical. He was primarily involved with the polyurethane and tile division as vice president.
Raiford was an innovator and inventor, an avid golfer and he loved to fish. He served on the Dalton City Council four years (1994-1997) and also as president of Dalton Golf & Country Club (1984). He was an active member of Rock Bridge Community Church in Dalton.
Raiford was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Jackson and Georgia Ann McDonald; two brothers, Tracy and Riley McDonald; a niece, Lisa McDonald; and a brother-in-law, William (Bud) Jones, all of Sylvester, Georgia.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Aurelia (Ree); son, William (Bill) Raiford McDonald Jr., son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gregory Paul McDonald and Mary Elizabeth McDonald of Cartersville, Georgia; and a sister, Sandra Jones of Sylvester; four grandsons, William (Trace) McDonald III, and Tyler Addison McDonald of Columbia, South Carolina, Nathan Thomas McDonald and Jeb Dylan McDonald of Cartersville; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. James R. Gregory and Hollis Gregory of Dalton; also a number of nieces, nephews and a precious and loving pet, Tiffany.
The family wishes to thank Rock Bridge Community Church, caregivers Julie, Kelly, Josh, JoAnn, Tammy and Jackie; also, the caregivers at Heartfelt Hospice for their kind and diligent care during his battle for life. May God bless them one and all.
A memorial service will be held at Stage 123, Rock Bridge Church, Dalton, Georgia, at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all donations be made to Rock Bridge Church, Dalton, Georgia.
Published on December 1, 2019

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