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Clayton teacher's death mourned

By Trina Trice

A teacher who was about to begin his second year at Jonesboro Middle School died Saturday from injuries sustained in a car accident early Saturday morning in Douglasville.

James Treavor Donaldson, 24, taught seventh grade and also coached the football team.

Donaldson had already prepared the bulletin board in his classroom and had begun preparing his lesson plans for the 2003-2004 school year that begins Monday.

"Treavor was a wonderful, wonderful teacher," said Principal Kay Sledge. "We're going to miss him terribly. He was a special one. It's very difficult to talk about."

A graduate of Lovejoy High School, Donaldson attended Atlanta Christian College where he earned a degree in humanities. He was working on completing an education degree at West Georgia College.

"I think (teaching) was his calling," said his brother, Mike Donaldson. "He loved to learn. He was never satisfied in his quest for knowledge. He had a gift from God in teaching."

Treavor is survived by his parents, Bob and Mary Donaldson of Jonesboro; brothers, Tom Donaldson of Dayton, Ohio and Mike Donaldson of Locust Grove; sisters Maggie Bateman of Arvada, Col. and Kaki Downing of Dayton, Ohio; two nieces and five nephews.

"He was loved by all," Mike Donaldson said. "He was a great uncle, great brother and great son. He had always strived to be perfect and now he's in a perfect place."

Funeral services are today at 1 p.m. at the First Christ Church in Jonesboro. Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Home McDonough is in charge of the arrangements.