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Donnie Southern

Thursday, February 9, 2023
Donnie Southern

Donnie Ray Southern of Portales, New Mexico, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at the age of 79. After several months of declining health, Donnie died peacefully with his family by his side.

Donnie was laid to rest in the Pottsville Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 6, where a graveside service was conducted.

Donnie was born in Portales on Dec 8, 1943, to JW and Lillie Mae Southern, the youngest of four children. He learned to farm as a kid and worked as a farm hand, lineman, painter, cowhand and rancher.

Raising cattle was his dream, and he spent the latter half of his working life raising his cows and running his hay baling business in Pottsville.

He retired in 2012 and moved to Nocona to be closer to his daughter Tamra and niece Taylor, both of whom he adored.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Donnie is survived by his sons, Jeff Southern and Lonnie Bickham; daughter Tamra Pittman; his granddaughter Taylor Nobile and husband Ryder Nobile; great-grandson Haze Nobile; and his extended family Ed and Terry Bynum and their son Will Bynum. John Pittman Jr., his other son-in-law, was his number one amigo for the past 10 years.

The family asks that instead of sending flowers, please donate to your favorite cause or charity.

Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.