A funeral Mass for Clayton Alymer McDonald, 89, of Lugoff, SC will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father Sandy McDonald and Father John Zimmerman will officiate, with entombment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, there will be a vigil prayer service with recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m., followed by a visitation until 8 p.m. at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made in his memory to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1709 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County, PO Box 1525, Camden, SC 29021.
Mr. McDonald, husband of Eleanor Merritt McDonald, died Monday, August 10, 2015. He was born in Maywood, IL, the son of the late Cecelia Goddard McDonald and Henry Britton McDonald. He worked for various companies in Chicago, IL prior to moving to South Carolina to join DuPont as a mechanical engineer. Clay retired as a Senior Research Engineer with 30 years of service. Following his retirement, he volunteered as a tutor with the Lugoff-Elgin High School math department. Clay was a co-coordinator of volunteers for two Habitat for Humanity homes. He worked with Joe Mazurek to learn the fine art of handmade furniture. Clay made many lovely pieces for his family and various Catholic churches. He was a Past Grand Knight of Father Bonaventure Brown chapter 9672 of the Knights of Columbus. Using his own unique recipe, he organized many pancake breakfasts and Shrove Tuesday suppers for the Knights. Mr. McDonald was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Mr. McDonald is survived by Ellie, his wife of 59 years, and his children, Mary McDonald, Tim McDonald (Debbie), Ellen Zielinski (Dan), Sandy McDonald, Kathy Loar (Tom), Britt McDonald (Donna), John McDonald (Carrie); grandchildren, Evan, Stuart (Monica), Andrew and Melanie McDonald, Daniel, Kelsey and Jessica Zielinski, Thomas and Michaela Loar, Angela Clark, Zora and Clayton McDonald; two great-grandchildren, and beloved cousin Marilyn Zawne. Clay was predeceased by his parents, and brother, John McCarroll McDonald.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the McDonald family by visiting www.kornegyfuneral.com.