Command Sgt. Maj. Donnie Lee Stoneking
Command Sgt. Maj. Donnie Lee Stoneking, 86, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2016, formerly of Newport News, VA, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022 in Cape Coral. He was born August 20, 1935 in Rushville, IL to George and Ruth Stoneking, now deceased.
Donnie was a highly decorated veteran who served 30 years in the United States Army. During his time served he fought in Korea, Cambodia and Vietnam where he earned several medals including the Bronze Star three times for meritorious achievement in ground operations, Korean Cross of Gallantry, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with three knots, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Ribbon with three stars. Donnie culminated his military career as Command Sergeant Major, 24th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA.
Through his leadership, technical guidance and superb exemplary performance, units in which he held positions of responsibility reached new heights of morale, physical fitness, and overall mission capability. His extraordinary career was an example to all soldiers as one characterized by the utmost devotion. Upon retirement Donnie was recognized for distinguished performance of duty which represents outstanding achievement in the finest traditions of the United States Army.
Donnie was a hard-working man, after the military he went on to build a 30-year career as a Maintenance Supervisor. Donnie also dedicated many years to youth sports as an umpire and referee for baseball, basketball and football. He was well known in his community for his hard work and dedication.
Aside from his career, Donnie’s greatest devotion was to his family. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Peggy Thorpe (Kevin) of Hertford, NC; grandchildren, Christopher Dunham, Amber Price (Wayne), Natasha Mazzola (Gaspare), and Christian Thorpe; as well as great grandchildren, Ayden Mazzola, Avalyn Dunham, Wayne Price, Jr., and Alec Mazzola.
Donnie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helga Stoneking in 2020; as well as two daughters, Tina Land and Pamela Stoneking.
A Celebration of Donnie’s life will be held at a later date in Newport News, VA.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Donnie Lee Stoneking are suggested to Hope for the Warriors, 8003 Forbes Place, Suite 201, Springfield, VA 22151.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.