Luther Calvin McDonald passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 20, 2016, at the age of 87 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He was born on August 2, 1929 in Lafayette, Tennessee to James Edward McDonald and Millie Belle Massey. Luther graduated Smith County High School on May 20, 1948 and he graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee on December 17, 1951. In Memphis he met a nursing student, Ima Jewel Oxford, of Holladay, Tennessee, who became the love of his life and they were wed on January 10, 1953. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, his brother, Cornell McDonald; two of his sisters, Effie Ella Coley, and Odie Mae Carter, all of Lafayette, Tennessee. He is survived by his sister, Mazie Wilburn, of Lafayette; his son, David McDonald (Barbara), of Houston, and his daughter, Carol McDonald (Jean-Michel Bourgade), of Ponte Vedra, Florida; seven grandchildren, Tracy, Morgan, Danielle, Lindsey, and Jeffrey McDonald and Jessica and Sarah Bourgade.
Luther retired as the Assistant Director of the Baptist Hospital pharmacy in Nashville in 1996, after thirty years of service. Upon graduation from university he worked as a pharmacist at Wilson Quick Pharmacy and Moon Drugstore, then in the Medical Arts Building Pharmacy prior to joining Baptist Hospital.
Luther and Jewel were members of the Brook Hollow Baptist Church in Nashville for over 30 years. Luther devoted his life to service of his family, his church, and his pharmacies’ patients and customers. He was a role model as a faithful husband, father, and pharmacist.
On Monday, October 24, 2016 at 10 am the family will receive family and friends at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville where a funeral service will follow at 11 am. The graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery at 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, Tennessee. In lieu of sending flowers you may make a donation to Brook Hollow Baptist Church, 678 Brook Hollow Rd., Nashville, TN 37205