Willie "Bad Whiskey" McDonald, Sr. was born on April, 15, 1946 in Sumter County, South Carolina. He was the only child of Frank McDonald and Margaret Rouse McDonald.
He had plenty of cousins to play and have fun with. He enjoyed being outside and loved nature. At an early age he discovered his talent for working with his hands and working with tools. He built many items from scratch. One could easily say he was one to tinker. He worked meticulously to plan and sketch his projects. He accurately measured parts to create his latest inspiration or contraption. He liked working by himself and taking the time to perfect things.
He attended Lincoln High School in Sumter. Willie moved to Maryland, and worked for General Motors and CSX railroad from which he retired in 2000.
He was a machinist who owed many tools and taught himself to build CB radio antennas which he sold. He enjoyed fishing, and was an avid motorcycle rider who loved going for long "bike" cruises. His CB friends gave him the nickname "Bad Whiskey". He enjoyed listening to saxophonist Kenny G. He was a great cook and his specialties were pig tails and sauerkraut and a "mean" seafood salad. Upon retirement he enjoyed a monthly breakfast with his CSX buddies. He also had more time to tinker, create, laugh and tend to his beloved dogs which he loved. As an adult Willie was baptized by Pastor O.T. Jones and was a member of Highway Baptist Church and Ministries. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Willie is survived by his wife Lisa Fortune McDonald his children Calvin Anderson, Cheryl McDonald, Yvette Jones (Kevin), Andrea McDonald, Tarcia Lockhart (Lewis), Robyn Tignor (Troy), Willie McDonald Jr., and Brandon Fortune, and grandchildren Calvin Antoine and KaMaya Nicole Anderson, Christopher Hill, Jr.; Courtney Jones; Sharema Sanders, DeAndre Davis, Sydney and Ethan Tignor, six great-grandchildren, a special aunt Rosa Lee Rouse, a host of cousins, sister and brother in-laws, many nieces, nephews and friends. The family extends a heart-felt thanks to a very special family friend Mr. Sharando (Randy) Sellars, RN for his professional and dedicated care and compassion shown to Willie during his final days.
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