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OBIT: Former Smith County Trustee Mrs. Judy McDonald

Former Smith County Trustee Mrs. Judy McDonald died at her McDonald Lane home in Chestnut Mound at 8:15 p.m. Thursday evening July 6th following a four year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig disease. She was pronounced deceased at 10:45 p.m. at Riverview Regional Medical Center E. R. in Carthage. Mrs. McDonald was 77.

Bro. Jeff Burton officiated at the 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon July 9th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the McDonald family lot in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. McDonald was one of four children of the late Homer L. Fitzpatrick who died at the age of 79 on January 24, 1987 and Eva Lucille Snoddy Fitzpatrick who died at the age of 73 on June 2, 1984 and was born Judy Ann Fitzpatrick in the Pea Ridge Community on January 26, 1940.

A brother, James Edward Fitzpatrick, preceded her in death on October 12, 2006 at the age of 75.

At the home of the late Eld. Phocian Gibbs on October 18, 1958 she was united in marriage to Sullivans Bend Community native Joe Harold McDonald.

Mrs. McDonald was a 1958 graduate of Smith County High School where she majored in Home Economics, was Future Homemakers of America president her senior year and also her senior year served as F H A chapter vice-president; held the F H A Junior and State Degrees, was football queen attendant her junior year and was a member of the office staff during her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Mrs. McDonald was first employed with the State of Tennessee in Nashville, worked for Capitol Airways and was later secretary for the Smith County Farm Bureau office when it was located on the square in Carthage where the law offices of attorney Richard M. Brooks are now located.

When Draper (Spoodle) Sircy established his insurance agency she was the office secretary and in 1982 ran for and was successfully elected to the office of Smith County Trustee. She served in that office for sixteen years before choosing not to seek a fifth term and retired in 1998.

Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Old Hickory.

Surviving in addition to her husband of almost fifty nine years are their two children, Jo Ann McDonald Holland and husband Gary of Hartsville; son, David McDonald of Chestnut Mound; sister, Sue Turner Hall of Hickman; brother, Bob Fitzpatrick and wife Debra Blair Fitzpatrick of Aiken, South Carolina; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick of Gordonsville; three grandchildren, Tiffany McFarland and husband Jerod, Brittany Jones and husband Robert all of Lebanon, Gunner McDonald of Chestnut Mound; four great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Aiden McFarland, Rylee Jones & Harper Neal.