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Donati R High

September 2, 1952 ~ February 6, 2019 (age 66)

Donati Ray High, Sr. was born September 2, 1952 in Northampton County, North Carolina to Susie High (Jones) and the late H. Millard Moody. Donati was raised in the loving home of the late Bobie Moss and Gladys High Moss.


He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Vanessa Roberts on August 30, 1975. To this blessed union, two children were born Yannah and Donati Jr.


Donati was educated in the Greensville County Public School system. He then went on to graduate from Norfolk State University with a Bachelorette degree in Business Administration. Later he matriculated to John Tyler Community College where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science, beginning his career as a licensed funeral director in 1978.


Through the years he loved being of service to his community. Donati held a variety of public leadership roles including past president of The Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association, member of the Greensville County School Board and member of the Emporia Greensville chapters of the NAACP and SCLC. He was also a proud member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity and Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc.


Donati was preceded in death by: one brother Bobie Moss, two sisters, Debra Bennett and Clara Robinson-Slade.


He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of forty-three (43) years, Vanessa R. High. His children Yannah (Polycarp) Mbanuzue of Greensboro, NC and Donati R. High, Jr. of Emporia, VA. Four brothers Dexter (Vivian) Jones of Littleton, NC, Terrance (LaKasia) Jones, of Lake City, FL, Marcus (Erika) Jones of Enfield, NC and Louis (Jacquilinda) Moody of Raleigh, NC. Five Sisters Mertikae (Sherman) Hill of Randallstown, MD, Willie Sue (Charles) Green of Swan Quarter, NC, Terrie (Sherman) Wilkins of Jarratt, VA, Nolita (Alvin) Lundy of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Lolita (Frank) McNair of Gaston, NC. One Grandchild Leilani Mbanuzue. Two brothers-in-law Lester (Delores) Roberts of Maplewood, NJ and Marty (Lesia) Tillery of Warner Robins, GA. A host of nieces and nephews, cousins and dear loved ones.


SERVICES
Public Viewing

Saturday, February 09, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Knox-High Chapel
568 Halifax Street
Emporia, VA 23847

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 09, 2019
12:00 PM

Knox-High Chapel
568 Halifax Street
Emporia, VA 23847

Interment

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Williams Family Cemetery
Tall Oaks Drive
Emporia, Virginia 23847

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