Donald Dooley

Donald Odell "Donnie" Dooley

Tuesday, October 14th, 1947 - Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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Donald Odell “Donnie” Dooley, 72, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem. He was born on October 14, 1947, in Roanoke, Va. to the late Damon Odell and Elizabeth Steber Dooley.

Donnie was no stranger to hard work and faithfully served the citizens in Roanoke City within the water and sewer department, for over 25 years prior to retiring. He was proud that he was able to be a part of the team that helped in the pipe laying project at Carvins Cove that supplies Roanoke and surrounding areas with drinking water. Donnie had a love for old cars, motorcycles, and boating, and could be found bowling at times, however, his passion in life was fishing. Especially his deep-sea fishing in the search for Marlin.
Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to anyone that truly knew him. He will be missed!

In addition to his parents, Donnie was preceded in death by his brother, Elwood Damon Dooley; and his sister, Arbadella Dooley.

Family remaining to cherish his memory includes his wife of 54 years, Jean Dooley, of Salem; four sons, Richard Wayne “Ricky” Dooley (Sondra), Robert, D. Dooley, both of Salem, Raymond Thomas Dooley, of Montgomery County, and Ronnie A. Dooley, of Roanoke; sister, Barbara Baldwin, of Roanoke; six grandchildren, Desi, Ricky Jr., Cody, Evan, Eli, and Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services to honor Donnie’s life will be conducted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son funeral home in Salem, with Pastor Chris Kingery officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Blvd.
    Salem, VA 24153
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 2:00pm
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Linda Wilson

Posted at 11:37am
Donnie and my husband Ricky worked together at the water department City Of Roanoke over 20 years. They went fishing together and boating. The were very close friends. Praying for your family Jean we are so sorry for your loss. Ricky and Linda Wilson

Carolyn Gregory

Posted at 07:06pm
Jean and boys,I am sorry about Donnie.Sorry I couldn't make it,but I still love you.

Angela Blevins

Posted at 01:18pm
To Jean and Family,

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss of Donnie and caring prayers for you and your family.

Thinking of you,
Angela Blevins

Linda Woods

Posted at 10:00am
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Linda Woods

Phyllis Hypes

Posted at 01:18pm
Remember that we love and care about you. Phyllis, Brent and kids
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