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Donald-Ray Epps

February 10, 1955 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Donald-Ray Epps Obituary

Donald Ray Epps was born February 10 th, 1955, to proud parents, adoptive Mother, Nonie Brown Magadia- and Father -Ruel Epps and was raised in San Diego CA residing on Bonita Street in their family home. Donald-Ray attended O’Farrell middle school and then attended Lincoln Highschool graduating in 1973 as a high-achieving scholar in mathematics and an excellent track star as well. His Mother Nonie used to say that he was a natural and most of the time he did not attend the practices and would just show up at the track meets and win because he was just that fast! When he left there, Donald-Ray held a few track records at Lincoln High that took many years to be broken. Everyone knew that Donald-Ray loved his family and loved being around them whenever he could. He especially enjoyed hanging out, and at times living on 43rd St. at his brother Wilbert’s house, interacting with nephews, and nieces. In 1973, he met the love of his life, Ramona Banks who he affectionately called his “Mo-Mo”, they got married in 1975 and from this union two children were born. Donnie-Rae- (his namesake) who he affectionately nicknamed his “Diamond Girl” and Dolores Charlena who he affectionately called his “Bean-head.” For his employment, Donald-Ray worked at the 32nd St. Shipyard, he also worked as a machinist and was an outstanding craftsman who paid high attention to detail and was very proud of his work performed. He worked for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical for many years building aircraft. He then worked for Sycuan Casino, often boasting about the work he had done there while it was being built. Donald-Ray then went on to work for himself, refurbishing houses and would often take his daughters and ex-wife Ramona proudly to the locations to show the magnificent work that he had done. He had an eye for most things and without any formal training, it would be the most detailed and immaculate work that you have ever laid your eyes on! Although Donald-Ray had some struggles in life he loved his girls, he loved his family and would do anything that he could for any of them physically or financially if he were able. He would give it to you to make sure that you were ok which made him feel good. Donald-Ray especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and cheating them in basketball at the park. He loved to play pranks on you, and he loved to make everyone laugh. He was a big jokester, sarcastically funny and he had a smile and charisma that was out of this world! On October 29th , 2004, his life drastically changed forever, he was T-Boned in a car accident by an unknown individual that left him at the scene fighting for his life and he was not expected to live. This accident ultimately crippled him, and he was bed ridden for the next 19 years. He enjoyed visits from friends, and family at the Nursing Home and especially the visits with his daughter Donnie-Rae’ who would bring him food and play his favorite Jazz and Oldies music, for him that’s “Real Music.” Donald-Ray also looked forward to his visits from his younger brother Clarence Davis Jr. who would groom him up by shaving his head and trimming his mustache and goatee making him feel like a fresh new man. Donald-Ray fought a good long fight for 19-years battling several ailments, succumbing to them on December 7th 2023 with his daughter Donnie-Rae’ at his bedside holding his hand. Proceeding Donald-Ray in death was his Father Ruel Epps, Mother Nonie Brown-Magadia, Brothers Wilbert Hadnot, Gerard Anthony Bell, Richard Bell, and Sister Judy Bell. Donald-Ray leaves to mourn him in his passing his two daughters, Donnie-Rae Ward-(Marvin), and Dolores Epps. Seven Grandchildren, Andre,’ Samuel, Tahjae’ and Tiffany Straughn, Oshanti Jones-(Mike), Eric, and Harmony Epps. Two Great Grandchildren Liyah and Avani Straughn. Siblings Kim Bell, Clarance Davis Jr.-(Tangie), Ex-Wife Ramona Banks, Sisters In-Law Elena Hadnot and Maeola Bell, along with a host of several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

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January 4, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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Thursday
January 4, 2024

11:30 AM
California Burial Chapel
2200 Highland Avenue
National City, CA 91950

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Thursday
January 4, 2024

2:00 PM
Mt. Hope Cemetery
3751 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102

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