Michael A. McDonald, 39

NOV. 23, 1971-SEPT. 16, 2011

September 18, 2011
  • Michael A. McDonald
Michael A. McDonald

Michael Allen McDonald, 39, of Hagerstown, Md., was called home to be with his Lord on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.

Born Nov. 23, 1971, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of Mary Ann Ruffner McDonald of Front Royal, Va., and the late Richard McDonald.

Michael held a master’s license in HVAC and was employed with Service Mechanical Inc. of Lorton, Va.

He was a member of Calvary Temple in Williamsport, Md., and had a true heart toward God.

He was a member of Steamfitters Local 602, International Bluegrass Music Association and the D.C. Bluegrass Union.

Michael passionately enjoyed playing and singing bluegrass music. He was an accomplished musician and songwriter. He played in several bluegrass bands, including Cedar Ridge, Cross Creek, Dark Hollow, Hickory Ridge, Circa Blue and the In Crowd.

Michael loved life, and enjoyed every minute spent with his family and beloved pets, Bailey and Wilson.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marjorie Moats McDonald; daughter, Rachel McDonald and son, Philip Kline, both of Hagerstown; brother, Daniel McDonald of Front Royal; mother-in-law, Brenda Moats of Hagerstown; brother-in-law, Richard Moats Jr. and wife, Amy, of Hagerstown; aunt, Kay Hickey and family of Silver Spring, Md.; uncles, Bob Ruffner and family of Riverton, Va., Willard McDonald and family of Winchester, and C. Nelson McDonald and family of Uniontown, Pa.; niece, Emma Moats of Hagerstown; and nephew, Deven McDonald of Front Royal.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Mack and Hilda McDonald; maternal grandparents, Paul and Lucille Ruffner; and father-in-law, Richard Moats Sr.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Temple, 147 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The Rev. Robert V. Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Tuesday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, from 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spark of Grace Ministries, c/o Emmanuel Baptist Temple, 16221 National Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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