Donald Ray Shanklin
July 26, 1954  -  July 26, 2018

Donald Ray Shanklin

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Sunset Memorial Funeral Home
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Friday, July 27, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
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United Faith Missionary Baptist
2012 W. 28th
Seagraves, TX
Saturday, July 28, 2018
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6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
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Donald Ray Shanklin
July 26, 1954 – July 26, 2018

Donald Ray Shanklin, age 64, of Odessa, TX, received his heavenly promotion on July 26, 2018 at his home. He was born July 26, 1954 in Levelland, TX, to Nelson Shanklin, Jr. and Oneita Paige Shanklin. Donald graduated from Seagraves High School in 1972.

Though Donald was baptized at the age of 12, he accepted Christ at the age of 35 and has hungered and thirst after God and His word ever since. He has served as an Usher, Deacon and Teacher for many years. He accepted his calling to preach in 2004 and was ordained on July 22, 2006.

Donald Ray married his best friend, Marie Daniels Clark, January 26, 2007 at Friendship Baptist Church in Luling, TX, where he was the associate minister.

Donald was a professional Truck Driver for over 40 years. He worked for BFI, Proline and Southeastern Freightline. He was transferred from Austin to Odessa in March 2009 while working for Southeastern Freightline.

Donald was the Pastor of United Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Seagraves, TX, since April 2011. He loved his congregation family and the Seagraves community dearly. He became ill in June and his health declined rapidly.

Donald is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Nelson E. Shanklin, Sr. and Claudia Mae Shanklin and Ruth Johnson; maternal grandmother, Charlie Mae Franks; sister, Barbara Shanklin and his brother, Marcus Shanklin.

He is survived by Marie Shanklin, (wife); Mark Anthony Ward, (son), and Damian Lewis, (son), both of Hobbs, NM; Jackie Jackson (daughter); James A. Carter, (son), and Olivia Bell, (daughter), all of Austin, TX; Nelson Shanklin, Jr. (father), of Seagraves, TX; Oneita Shanklin, (mother) , of Austin, TX; Brenda McCrimmon, (sister), Nelson Shanklin, III and (Teresa), (brother), both of Seagraves, TX; Michael Shanklin, (brother); Tina Shanklin, (sister), both of Austin, TX; grandchildren, one great grandchild and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is also survived by a plethora of friends and co-workers and co-laborers, who are missing him and loved him dearly

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 28, 2018 at United Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Seagraves, TX with Reverend Norris Carr, Jr. officiant.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, TX.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Odessa, TX. To send family condolences or memories, please sign his guestbook at


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  1. Eddie Bell
    Austin, TX

    Donald was a good man. He listened without judgement. He cared deeply. He inspired. He made me want to be better and I am so thankful that he was part of my life.

  2. Taj Tousant
    Austin, TX

    My condolences to the family may you still stand strong.Mr. Donald will be missed very dearly.He always kept a smile on his face and had positive views on life no matter what the situation was .Rest in Heaven.

  3. Randy Ray Stilwell
    Midland, TX

    I today received word of Donald’s passing and my heart goes out to his family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Don while he drove for Southeastern and always enjoyed the conversations we would have. He always had a smile on his face and often, a kind word. I just wish I knew more people like him. God speed my Friend.

  4. Natalie
    Odessa, TX

    Donald was always such a joy to see! Our team grew very fond of Donald as he was our SEFL driver. He always had a smile on his face. Extending our deepest condolences to a very special family. Prayers to you all. Heaven just gained another special angel. Turbinesinc-Odessa, LLC

  5. Thomas Brown
    Odessa, TX

    We all knew Donald because he worked for Southeastern Freight Company, he came to our company multiple times to deliver freight and a lot of the times he was training a new Driver for Southeastern, I can certainly say every one in the warehouse here at Coastal Chemical Odessa considered him a friend and we all had conversations with him and we will miss him, Rest In Peace my Friend !
    Condolences to his Family !
    Coastal Chemical Warehouse- Odessa Texas

  6. Wanda Jackson /& C. J Cooper
    Odessa, TX

    We are sending our heart -filled , Loving Prayers ; Trusting in our Heavenly Father to engulf , ( Keep )You , through this transitional " Home-going " , of your Husband . We thank God for Pastor Donald's Life- Service , with us . Love You Dearly . Wanda / C.J.

  7. Ada Johnson
    Lockhart, TX

    My condolences, love and prayers are extended to all of the Shanklin family especially to Mama, Brenda, Peachy, Tina, Michael and Marie. I love you with all my heart

  8. Bertha De La Cruz
    Kyle, TX

    Marie, my dear friend, my deepest condolences. I can't imagine the hurt youysr be feeling. I remember when Donald came into your life and you said "God sent me a goid, God fearing man". You were right and you were untied in marriage. I love you my dear friend, even though we don't get to see each other and have our talks we've kept our friendship ongoing. May God Bless and comfort you during this time and always. ❤️🙏

  9. Kim Notgrass Stubblefield
    Whitesburg, TN

    Dear Marie and family, My prayers are with you all upon the loss of your sweet Donald. May God's peace encompass you and lift you. Love you sweet friend! -kim (tax ofc)

  10. Andrea fine
    Odessa, TX

    Marie I can’t begin to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, my God bless you and carry you through this most difficult time, your sister in Christ, Andrea

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