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Howard Wayne McDonald

Howard Wayne McDonald

July 11, 1947 - June 15, 2019     Age: 71

Howard Wayne McDonald, Sr., age 71 of Yulee, FL went to heaven on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center-Nassau.  He was born on July 11, 1947 in Fernandina Beach, Florida to the late Ida Bell and Howard Lincoln McDonald.  He fought many illnesses with a brave determination to beat the odds, especially after being told at age 20 he would never lead a normal life after he was in a horrible accident.

Wayne was a life-long resident of Nassau County, graduating from Fernandina Beach High School, Class of 1965. Any one who knew Wayne, knew he loved his children and wife, but he also loved the great outdoors. He enjoyed hunting with his hounds and he could tell you which dog was hot on the deer trail by their howls. He loved the woods and could often be found riding in his truck around our property.  He loved playing baseball as a youngster. Because of his love of the game, he became a little league coach and was always so proud of his team.

Wayne was such a likable guy, always willing to help anyone.  He had many home town friends; friends from the Family Tree, the Red Rooster, Hammerhead, the American Legion and his neighborhood buddies.

He will be missed by all but none more than the love of his life, Debbi.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Mike and Ricky McDonald.

He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Debbi; his daughter Autumn; his son Howard, Jr.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his family from Phoenix City, Alabama, Fernandina Beach, Florida and many hometown friends.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard with Chaplain Jim Tippins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until the hour of service at the funeral home.

He will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

A reception will be held at Wayne and Debbi’s house following interment.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Wayne’s name to the Ackerman Cancer Center of Fernandina Beach or the Nassau County Animal Center in Yulee.

11 Condolences

  • Chris Bryan Posted June 17, 2019 2:44 pm

    Wayne was a special man! He always had a smile. I can still see his Mama riding around with all her boys. We were blessed to have him all these years in Fernandina. Prayers for his family. Love, Chris

  • Dianne Febles Posted June 17, 2019 4:36 pm

    My sincere sympathies to you Debbi. May your memories of a beautiful life together help ease the sorrow of Wayne’s passing.

  • Robin Posted June 17, 2019 6:29 pm

    What an amazing] person! Many prayers Debbie and family!

  • Carl and Barbara Anderson Posted June 18, 2019 7:54 am

    I always enjoyed talking with Wayne. He was an outstanding man and a friend.

  • Lynda Holland Posted June 18, 2019 10:45 am

    It is with great sadness that I hear this news. Wayne was a great guy. Always had a smile and a kind word. My prayers go out to the family in this time of sorrow..

  • Nick and Dale Deonas Posted June 18, 2019 1:20 pm

    Wayne was special and we always enjoyed our little time together chatting. Wayne was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone, he had a big heart. Dale and I will miss him.

  • Linda and Alley at Hardy Posted June 18, 2019 3:30 pm

    Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. He will be missed

  • Nancy Harvey Allred Posted June 18, 2019 3:35 pm

    I have a lot of child hood memories of Mr. Wayne and my Daddy hunting and fishing. It’s sad to hear of his passing, but I bet him and Daddy are back together sitting on a river bank fishing and telling stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. McDonald and family.

  • Jan Wike Posted June 18, 2019 6:11 pm

    Thinking of You today Debbi , You were the Love of Wayne’s life as He was Yours. I know this will be hard but you are a strong person. You Also have a lot of family and friends to lean on. Just remember he is now no longer in pain . Love You, Jan

  • Martin Hagerty Posted June 20, 2019 8:55 pm

    Thank you for calling me personally Debbie! That was something I needed to hear not read about. You have my sincerest Condolences. Even though I can’t be there in person, I will be there in spirit and heart.

  • Sherryl Dianne Pavlick Posted June 21, 2019 10:53 am

    So sorry to hear about (Butch) Wayne. I remember all the wonderful times we had when we were children. Playing on the beach, watching the shrimp boats and visiting his dad on his boat.

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