Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - April 5, 1999
MATTHEWS MAN KILLED, 7 INJURED IN UNION WRECK
Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Monday, March 29, 1999
Author: AMES ALEXANDER, Staff Writer
A Matthews man was killed and seven others were injured Sunday morning when a van failed to obey a stop sign on a rural Union County road, the N.C. Highway Patrol said.
Robert Burton Donaldson , 66, of Fitzpatrick Lane, died in the collision with the van, authorities said. His wife, Ann Murphy Donaldson , was at Carolinas Medical Center late Sunday in critical condition.
Six Union County residents riding in other cars sustained less-serious injuries.
Frances D. Marshall, a Monroe resident who drove the van, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
The Highway Patrol said Marshall was traveling south on Old Pageland-Monroe Road about 11:30 a.m. when she failed to stop at a stop sign and blinking red light. Her van was struck by two vehicles traveling on White Store Road.
Marshall said she stopped at the intersection and saw no cars approaching, said Highway Patrol Trooper M.A. Marshburn. ``That's inconsistent with what we're hearing,'' Marshburn said.
Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Wednesday, March 31, 1999
Robert Burton Donaldson , 66, of Matthews died Sunday, March 28, 1999, at Union Regional Medical Center.
Funeral is Thursday, April 1, 1999 at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel with the Reverend Phillips McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Fox Baptist Church, Marshville. The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Donaldson was born June 21, 1932 in Portsmouth, VA. He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service as a TSGT/E6. Mr. Donaldson retired later from the Atlantic Envelope Company also after 20 years of service. After he retired, Mr. Donaldson worked at Matthews Power Equipment as a mechanic. He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett Vaughn Donaldson .
Survivors include his wife, Ann Murphy Donaldson of Matthews; two daughters, Vickie Keith of Huntsville, AL and Susan Williams of Wingate; mother, Elizabeth Burton Donaldson of Portsmouth, VA; two grandchildren, Wesley Griffin of Wingate and Carlton ``Chipper'' Keith of Huntsville, AL; one brother, Paul Donaldson of Portsmouth, VA.
McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel is serving the family.