Donald Crosswhite was born to Anna Crosswhite on January 11, 1941. Donald, affectionately known as “Duck,” grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended Cincinnati Public Schools. As a young man, he was doted upon by his mother and sister. He continued to build a life for himself in the city. He enjoyed life with his family and friends. Donald loved fine cars and nice clothes. He would cut a rug and could work numbers like nobody’s business. Anyone who knew Donald also knew his love for boxing. He trained both his son and many others how to throw a mean punch. He was known to be a stand-up guy by his friends. One thing about Donald, he was tenacious. You could not keep him down. Donald was dependable. He especially loved being a grandfather. He was there for those that he loved. “He was 100%.”
On February 1, 2023, Donald passed away at age 82. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Anna Oldham, stepfather, Samuel Oldham; sisters, Barbara Jean Crosswhite, and Carol Headen; sons, Kenneth Trammell, and Derek Ragan; grandsons, Kenny G. Trammell, and Giovanni Smith.
He leaves to cherish his memory: daughter Dawnyele Starr McGriff (Tony); son, Shawnta Brown (Keisha); the Hawkins-Flemming-Crosswhite family; and a legacy of Trammell, Ragan, and Brown children; endearing friends, Wanda Glover, Louis McFadden, and William “Bud” Johnson and others that loved him and will miss him dearly.
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