James Clifford Donaldson was born on May 31, 1935 in Elba, Alabama to Charlie and Bonnie Donaldson. James married Doris Flowers on September 2,1956. James and Doris had six children; five sons and one daughter. James and his family moved to Ontario and remained for thirty years. During his time in California he was a hardworking employee and held many supportive titles within the county. James started a janitorial service, contracting jobs with the YMCA, Don White Jewelers, and several schools in the San Bernardino community school system. He later worked as a security guard at Chaffey College and worked his way up to Chief of Security. He continued working in Law enforcement until he retired in 1984.
After retirement James and Doris became self employed, establishing “The Donaldson Home for Special Needs”. James and Doris started a second home in 1986. They decided to move back to Alabama in 1992. Their plan was to retire and start gardening. However, God had other plans for them to continue working with people with special needs. They continued until 2011 when James’ health required total attention. During his lifetime James was a member of the Coffee County Board of Mental Health, an active parent advisor to Coffee County Training Center, and he was a member of the Ontario Montclair School Board. James called himself a share croppers son and he was proud to be one.
James was preceded in death by parents; Charlie and Bonnie, two sons; Clifford Devon and James Edward, two sisters; Quebe and Dorothy, three brothers; Charles Jr, Elis, and Hubert W, two nieces; Teresa and Earil better known as “Pumpkin”, two nephews; Tony and Bruce. He leaves to cherish his memories a loving supportive wife; Doris Donaldson, one foster son; Frank Acosta, three sons; Mickey Dee, John Earl, and Rodney Tyrone, one daughter, Doris Rene, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren one brother; Amos, one sister Janary, a host of nieces, nephews, distant family and friends.
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