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Don retired as Sergeant Major after serving 22 years in the United States Army. He became the first African American mail carrier in Jesup, and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
Don is a member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church, where he has served as Deacon Board Chairman, Sunday School Teacher, Male Choir Member, Budget Committee Chairman, Bible Institute Teacher, and Chairman of Stewardship and Compliance Committee.
He is a member of the Wayne County Branch of NAACP and has served on the Wayne County Tax Assessor Board, Wayne County Industrial Development Authority Board, and Martha Rawls Smith Renaming Committee. He was elected as City Commissioner for District 2 during a Special Election held in March 2009.
Don and his wife, Eliza, have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.