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Robert James Donaldson, Jr.

Robert James Donaldson, Jr.
  • March 20, 1932 - March 7, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Bobby and Bruce:You and your families are in Allie's and my prayers. I have great fondness if your father and Abide-A-While. Then Men's Bible Study...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Carl Mitchell - Woodbine, MD

“Mrs. Donaldson, Robby, Bruce, and Andy, I was sad to hear of Mr. Donaldson's passing. Lots of memories from long ago when we were growing up. I...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: David Weise - Hemet, CA

“God's peace and comfort to y'all! Your dad was a treasure! As is your mom. Such a privilege to get to meet the man and share his love of God and...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Gene Scarborough - Santee, SC

“Atty. Robert- Please accept my condolences ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Qui Calhoun - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“A precious gift of this holy man to family, friends and all he met. He had an aura of peace and love about him and can only imagine the joyous...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Ann Coleman Fosberry - SC

“To Bruce and the Donaldson family, Let God's Love give you strength. All of you will continue to bring your father's joy into this world. I am sorry...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Annie Buxton Mii - Charleston, SC

“Dear Bruce, Andy, and all the Donaldson family, Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Mr. Donaldson, who was always one of the most...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Trouche - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I was so very lucky to grow up in Charleston with Mr. Donaldson and his wonderful family. He was always kind to me, and I appreciate how he taught...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Stafford Green - Atlanta, GA

“When it comes to being a human being who was created in the image of God, a human being who did his nights and days in a manner that never brought...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: JIM DOFFIN

“My condolences go out to all of the Donaldson family. It has truly been a pleasure taking care of your dad. He and your mom have brought much...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Marlena Woods - Summerville, SC

“Suzanne, We were sorry to hear about Bobby and want you to know that we regret we did not get to know him.You are in our prayers at this difficult...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Bonnie Seabright - Mt Pleasant, SC

“We were very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He was always such a kind and friendly man, never jinsaw him without a smile on his face. He will be...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Bernard and Mary Bastian - SC

“What a beautiful tribute for a wonderful man. I feel blessed to have met him. May your memories of him keep him alive in your hearts and ease your...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Connie Quattlebaum (Dobbs) - NC

“Rob Donaldson and family, I was sad to see the passing of your Dad. My thoughts are with you in your time of grief. Angels on your shoulders. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Dennis-Paxton - Charleston, SC

“The Garden of Heaven will Flourish! My heart is with you all! ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Anne Holmes - Waynesville, NC

“Bruce, my thoughts are with you and your family. I am sorry to read of your Dad's passing. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Terry Richardson - Charleston, SC

“I had the privilege of visiting Mr. Bobby recently and am so grateful to have had the opportunity. He was a very special man and dear to my heart. ...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Suzy Cook - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Our deepest sympathy to the family --- Boyd has admired Mr. Donadson so much over the years -- they shared the love of plants. Boyd always loved to...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Liz Loadholt - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Abide A While was one of the first accounting clients I worked with after moving to Charleston, long time ago. Suzanne and I became fast friends and...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Ann Beauchamp - Charleston, SC

“Such a wonderful Christian man. I got to know Bob through a Monday AM Bible study that we both attended at the St. Andrews Anglican Church, and soon...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Alan Dillion - Charleston, SC


Robert James Donaldson Jr., 87, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Suzanne Hyer Donaldson entered into eternal rest Saturday, March 7, 2020. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. Andrews Church Mount Pleasant at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at Christ Church Cemetery with a reception following at his childhood home, 205 Queen Street, Mt. Pleasant. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant.

Born March 20,1932, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robert was the son of the late Robert J. Donaldson and the late Catherine Coleman Donaldson.

As a child growing up in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, he would row to Morris Island and Sullivan's Island to look for fossils and Civil War relics. Summers were spent building scow style sailboats on the street and porch with his father and uncles and sailing in Mt. Pleasant regattas.

He caught a lot of fish in the harbor and creeks around Mt. Pleasant; and he gave away a lot of oranges from his grove in Hobcaw.

He was a proud graduate of Clemson A&M College in 1954 where he lived in the greenhouse and participated in the ROTC. After graduation he served his country in the US Army, stationed in Germany. He continued to serve in the Army Reserve for twenty years, rising to the rank of Lt Colonel at retirement.

Bobby and Suzanne, his wife of 65 years, started Abide A While Nursery in 1957 when they returned from Army active duty. His love of plants began when he was nine years old tending a garden with his mother. He had a passion for helping people see the beauty of flowers and enjoyed sharing his love of landscaping with the community. He was a past president of the SC Nurseryman's Association. Abide A While continues as a family run business owned by his son Bruce.

Bobby loved the mountains of western North Carolina and the family camped and played there for 50 years until they sold their cabin in 2015.

He was a lifelong member of St Andrews Church and believer in the saving grace and love of Jesus Christ. He served the church over his lifetime in every capacity: serving as Junior Warden, Senior Warden, head of Christian Education, leading a Men's Bible Study for many years, singing in the choir and later in the Praise Team; and leading small groups in the Alpha program. He was available whenever God needed him. He was active in Faith Alive and Faith at Work; attended Cursillo 8 in the Diocese of South Carolina and went on to be the rector of Cursillo 22; he attended many diocesan Mens' Conferences, Couples' Conferences and Promise Keepers conventions.

Survived by his wife Suzanne; two sisters, Mary Ann Donaldson Hay (Henry) and Sandy Donaldson Knisley (John); three children, Robert James Donaldson III (Margaret), Bruce Lucas Donaldson (Muffie) and Andrew Homes Donaldson (Torre); and grandchildren Robert, Thomas (Maddy) and Jenks Donaldson, Eleanor Moynahan (Colin) and Emma Donaldson, Sarah and Andrew Donaldson, Megan and Madison Bennett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Andrews Church 440 Whilden Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.