A Time to Be Born: Earnie was born November 8, 1966, at Donalsonville Hospital in Seminole County, Georgia, to the Reverend Ezzie Donalson, Jr. and Aretha Virgin Donalson.
A Time to Die: Earnie departed his earthly life due to Covid-19 on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Though he lost the fight with Covid-19 in the natural, he won in the spiritual.
A Time to Plant: Earnie grew up in Jakin, Georgia, on the Donalson Farm, enjoying life to its fullest. He gave his life to CHRIST at an early age and joined Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church. Earnie attended the public schools of Early County, Georgia, graduating Early County High School in 1985. He took an interest in metal fabrication under the tutelage of Coach James McCoy. He furthered his education at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. While there he became employed at Settles Precision Manufacturing for several years until he was diagnosed with epilepsy and was forced to pluck up his roots and move back to Jakin with his parents. Earnie also played the bass guitar for the Heavenly Aires Gospel Group of Donalsonville for many years until his health failed him. He traveled to many states sharing his God-given talent.
A Time to Weep: Earnie had his share of ups and downs. He lost his grandparents, parents and aunts prior to his departure from this earth.
A Time to Laugh: Earnie had memorable moments in his life with family. He became special friends with Reverend Alfred Starling who was his coworker and mentor, as well as LeNorris Jordan and Jonathan “Fat Cat” Gilbert who watched over him in his early stages of epilepsy.
A Time to Mourn: Earnie leaves to cherish precious memories three siblings: Regina Copeland, Ronald Donalson, both of Donalsonville, GA, and Ezzie Timothy Donalson III (Arrica) of Dothan, AL; a sister-in-law, Leddy Pitts of Memphis, TN; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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