AMS1, DONALD MITCHELL ROUNTREE, US NAVY RET.
AMS1, Donald Mitchell Rountree, age 63, was deployed to heaven on March 11, 2014.
Mr. Rountree was born in Bowling Green, KY, on July 11, 1950, a son of the late Donald Berton Rountree and Pauline Phelps Rountree Strother. He was retired from the US Navy after 21 years of service to his country; owned and operated American Dream, Inc. in Ahoskie, and taught motorcycle safety courses throughout the state for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Don enjoyed playing racketball, splunking (caving), karate, fishing, scuba diving and drag racing. He had many hobbies including his favorites, custom wrapping fishing rods and building and racing RC cars.
Don enjoyed life and had a neverending thirst for knowledge, which he shared freely. His family recalls his wonderful sense of humor, tall tales and practical jokes, and how he was always generous and willing to help anyone.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Sherry Rountree of the home, his sons, Don Rountree, II and wife, Jannell and their son, Allen of Windsor, NC; and son Dusty Rountree of Ahoskie, NC. Also surviving is his step mother, Jean Farmer Rountree of Bowling Green, KY.
The family invites friends to join them in a time of celebration of Don’s life on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Mr. Rountree will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to
Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675
Just another deployment Don, you’ve gone ahead of us as you always did. We’ll see you soon, our love goes with you.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie is serving the Rountree family and online condolences may be directed to them by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.
Don, Dusty, Damon, DeWayne and a few others use to go to the Break (pool hall on base) to play pool. We would play for hours on end. Don was such a nice fellow, easy going. Nothing seem to rattle him. He loved playing pool but I think he really enjoyed watching Dusty play. I miss those days.
We had several small cook outs where we lived on Oceana air base, outside Va. Beach. (I have that on video that I will get ready for Sherry) We truly had some great times. My wife (Nancy) says some times it’s the amount of time you spend with a person but the good time you have when you do, is what counts. She says it much better than me.
We plan to see the family this summer. I guess time waits for no one. I’ll sure miss you Don.