McDonough, GA James Donald Busbin, Age 85, of McDonough, GA passed away at his home in McDonough on Monday, September 7, 2020. He was born on March 22, 1935 in the Mt. Bethel Community of Ola, McDonough, GA. He was the son of Berlin and Nell (Martin) Busbin. Donald was happily married to his high school sweetheart Helen Barham Busbin for 63 years until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his eight-month old daughter, Donna Joyce Busbin. He was a lifetime member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, where he served as Financial Secretary, Church Treasurer, Usher, and Trustee for many years. He was a faithful behind-the-scenes worker of the Church, the Parsonage, and the Scout Building; a long-time member of the Cemetery Committee, and active member of the Men's club until his health declined. He enjoyed playing football and was Co-Captain of the McDonough High School Team before graduating in 1953. Donald attended Georgia Institute of Technology and also the Southern Technical Institute, where he graduated in 1957, earning an Associate in Science Degree in Electronics and Communications Technology. He was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company as an Electrical Engineer and retired from AT&T in 1991 with 35 years of excellent service. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Dixie Chapter No. 23. Donald was a Volunteer Fireman for the City of McDonough for 32 years. He was the Assistant Chief at the time of his retirement in 1990 and received a special Resolution from the 'City of McDonough' Mayor and Council. He and his wife, Helen were active in charity work. They delivered 'Meals-on-Wheels' for 20-plus years, and also worked at 'Helping in His Name' local food pantry for many years. They enjoyed traveling throughout all the United States, and also made numerous international trips. He enjoyed playing golf, and as a result of a trick shot, got a 'hole-in-one' in the beginning years of playing after his retirement. He also enjoyed spending time with family, photography, reading, and working in his yard. He was an avid Georgia Tech and Braves fan. Donald's entire life has been centered on God, Family, Friends and Community. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife Helen Busbin; daughter Melanie (Jimmy) Brown; grandson Derek (Devon) Brown; granddaughter Devan (Clint) Stovall; great-granddaughter Jane Pendley Stovall, and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held in the East Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm. With Reverends Dr. John Brown and Claire Yoder officiating. Services will be live streamed at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com Interment will follow at the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The family wishes to express grateful appreciation to Meghan Rieger, Renae Arnold and the entire staff of Southern Grace Hospice for their excellent care. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church at PO Box 1994, McDonough GA 30252.
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www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.