Jimmie Ray McDonald
September 18, 1945 ~ March 30, 2021
Resided in: College Station, Texas
Jimmie R McDonald passed away on March 30, 2021 in his home. Jim was born September 18, 1945, in Dallas, TX to Cecil R and Mary McDonald. After he finished high school, he furthered his education with degrees from East Texas Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jim served as the minister of Education/Administration at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX for many years and later as the Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Cushing, TX. When he retired from fulltime ministry, he worked with students at Mike Moses Middle School in Nacogdoches.
Jim loved his family, missions and prayer; he served Jesus by serving others. Jim taught Bible studies at nursing homes in multiple cities and frequently took soup to church members who were homebound. His family will especially cherish the memories of traveling and laughing together.
He is greatly loved by his wife of fifty-four years, Paula McDonald and two daughters, Shannon Hutton and her husband David, and Kelly Colleen McDonald, MD and her husband Scott Sill. He loved being Paw-Paw and Big Papa to five grandchildren: Caleb and Zachary Hutton and Oliver, Daniel and Elizabeth Sill. The McDonald, Sill and Hutton families appreciate your prayers as they mourn Jim’s passing but rejoice that he has entered his rest in the presence of the Lord that he loved.
A celebration of life service will be held at a future date at Central Church in College Station, Texas with a private internment. If you would like to express condolences to the family, please do so at Callowayjones.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the International Mission Board at www.imb.org/give/.
Memorial Service: May 1, 2021 2:00 pm
College Station, TX 77845
May His Mercy and Grace be with you all. Could not have asked for better friends and back door neighbors as Jim and Paula in Nacogdoches.
Thank you , Ralph, for such encouraging words. You and Gay were great neighbors and friends!
So sorry to see Mr McDonald’s passing but I know he is laughing and joyful in heaven. He was like a second Dad to me growing up down the street on Red Oak as he was always trying to get Shannon and I to school on time. He welcomed me into his home like family and his love for others and Jesus was evident in everything he did. I am praying for Mrs. McDonald, Shannon, Colleen and your families as he was so loved and will be greatly missed by you all.
I accidentally put my response to you under the wrong person, but you of all people will understand. Thank you for writing.
Jim is my first cousin. His mom was my dad’s sister. We had wonderful times during our childhood when we visited our grandparents on their farm near Ferris, Tx. Like most children, as we grew older we moved away from each other and hadn’t seen each other in a long time. Not too long ago we reconnected on Facebook and I treasure the time we spent talking and reminiscing. I know he is happy, healed, and praising our Lord, and rejoicing with our family members who have gone before us. I am so thankful that I will see him and those family members some day. Love you Paula, Shannon, and Colleen.
You brought so much love and laughter into our home. Thank you for being our third daughter.
Thank you for letting the Foster family know. Jim loved growing up around you guys. I love reading your posts.
Donna, I’m sorry my response to a former neighbor landed under your name. Please excuse the error.
Paula, Shannon and Colleen,
My heart is breaking for your loss of JIm and all he was to you and so many. Our family has loved both of you and considered you as our family since I really can remember. We will be praying for you. We know Jim is in our Savior’s presence and with so many he has loved through his earthly life.
Thank you for writing. Your parents became our second parents and we were better as a result. I have such fun memories of enjoying your mom’s “passover” with all of you.
Paula and family,
You all our in my prayers during this time. Jim is finally home and enjoying the presence of Jesus and I am sure Olga was one of the first to welcome him there. I have a lot of good memories of the early years of marriage and our friendship at ETBC and following. May the the Lord bless you at this time as you go through this period adjustment.
I have good memories, too. Thank you so much for writing.
Praying for your family at this difficult time of loss. I am thankful for having a brief glimpse of Mr. McDonald’s big servant’s heart. I will never forget when he arrived at the NICU in Dallas after delivering my first baby prematurely in 1997. He came to pray at my bedside and over Katie during such a scary time. I will always remember him as a Godly man who loved his family and served others selflessly. I hope you can find some comfort knowing He is celebrating Easter in a glorious way.
What a precious memory! Thank you for sharing it.
I can’t express the sorrow that my family feels for this loss. Jim was a good man, he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and payers extend to his family. Many condolences
Thank you for writing. Sam was a good man, too.
Paula & Colleen,
Prayers and blessings at this challenging time. Take comfort in the assurance of Jimmie that is now in the presence of his Savior.
Thank you, Barry. I remember the balloon animals you made at JMBC. Those were fun times.
Our family were very sad when we heard that Grandpa Jimmie passed away on Tuesday. It is hard to describe our feeling at the moment when we got this message. He is a nice person who is always willing to share Jesus Christ with anyone who needs him. In July 2019 when we were living in Scott and Colleen’s home, Jimmie shared many of his stories with me. Many good memories in that month and my kids Samuel and Elim both love him. We will miss him in the future. Pray God’s blessings be with his family at this challenging time.
Thank you for the kind words. We enjoyed our time with you very much and were so thankful for the masks you sent to make sure we were protected.
We were so blessed to have Jim stay with us on our farm when he travelled to Esperance, Western Australia many years ago with a Southern Baptist Missions team and then abundantly blessed to be able to visit in College Station in 2016 and also meet the beautiful Paula, Colleen and family. It was also a joy that Julie was able to spend some precious time with Shannon in Charlotte on the same trip. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you learn how do life without his physical presence but I know he will always be in your hearts as he is in ours. All our love and prayers. Jim & Julie
Thank you so much for writing. Jim had wonderful memories of his time with you. We thoroughly enjoyed having you in Texas. God bless you!
Jimmie Ray and Paula have been life-long friends. I met Jim working at Adelstein Jewelers in Dallas, Texas in the mid 1970’s. I was still in the rebellious phase of my life. Jim saw through the façade of agony and hurt I was living in. He had a way of seeing through people; it was one of his gifts. Because of this amazing couple this sinner rededicated her life to Jesus. I became involved in church and was slowly thriving at life again; I was living proof.
I was included in fun family times when Jim, Paula and the girls would take his sweet mama, Mary out to eat in Seven Points, Texas. If you know Jim as a light-hearted funny guy with a contagious laugh; you have to know that he inherited that quality from his mama!
Jim married me and my husband in June of 1978. Jim and Paula were the first ones I called when he committed suicide in October of 1979. Nothing like that had ever happened to our family. Jim and Paula guided me through the etiquette of it all with prayer and grace.
I know that God continued to bless Jim and Paula as he entered the seminary. Once he began to serve at FBC Nacogdoches I would call him each year on his birthday to catch up and we encouraged one another. After I retired we were able to connect through Facebook and keep up with each other’s lives.
I know Jim’s biggest blessings and his greatest joys were from his girls: Paula, Shannon and Colleen. I never understood his pride and fascination with his grandchildren until I became a grandparent myself; it is a most amazing reward!
Now this faithful servant has received his heavenly reward because he put his faith in his Savior. Although we are saddened of his passing we can now rejoice that Jim is with his Savior. Well done good and faithful servant.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. ~ Isaiah 26:3 KJV
Thank you for this beautiful tribute! You are a special friend!
To Paula, Shannon and Colleen,
We have many wonderful memories of our early days as good friends!
Just a few: spending the night with y’all on New Year’s Eve .
Many family camping trips, canoeing, hiking ….
Most recent-so thankful we were able to spend New Years 2021 with Jim and Paula-that was a gift from God.
I could tell Jim wasn’t feeling well, but he kept busy serving others.
Jim was writing mini books for us all ❤️To read and remember our Lord. We have the “One Ones of the New Testament “
And another one I have saved in my email:
“How to grow a Sunday school or any small group “
I deeply appreciate this one, because I have it in my heart to use Jim’s
How to grow plans . I’m not sure when , but I hope soon.
Jim not only desired to grow people, but also as an act of love for his family , he planted a vegetable garden in buckets!
Now his family can take care of these buckets of veggies and Enjoy
In his memory.
This really impressed me the love in those buckets of veggies.
We LOVE you McDonald family
And you will always live in our hearts!
Always and forever-friends in eternity!
Sharon and David Billings
Sharon and I met Jim and Paula in 1969 at North Dallas Baptist Church and have been close friends ever since. Jim and I have the same birth date only two years apart and one of us would always call or text the other. We will always cherish all the memories, especially the family camp outs, swimming, fishing and canoeing all over Texas. We will never forget both of you guys jumping onto Lake Superior just fo the fun of it when you came to visit us in Minnesota in 1977 or 1978. Happy Trails Jim, we will surely miss you going forward. Until we meet again. David Billings.
What wonderful words of love from both of you! Thank you so very much!