Born at Caruthersville on Feb. 12, 1913, he was the son of the late Lee and Ethel Powell Dones. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and he worked in construction before his retirement. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church at Caruthersville.
On Oct. 19, 1973, at Caruthersville, he married Mary Pierce Buchanan, who preceded him in death on June 23, 1996.
He is survived by three step-daughters, Martha McClanahan, of West Memphis, Ark., Christy Collier, of Wynne, Ark., and Melissa Buchanan, of Jackson, Tenn.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at the Sacred Heart Church at Caruthersville, with Father Allan Saunders officiating.
Burial was at the Maple Cemetery at Caruthersville.
Pallbearers were John McClanahan, Baker McClanahan, Jeff McClanahan, Jason McCabe, Eugene Walters, and John E. Collier.
The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.