Lyle W. Donaldson
President, Owner, Funeral Service Licensee
Lyle Donaldson is President and Owner of Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory. He grew up in Pittsboro and is the seventh generation of his family to live in Chatham County.
Lyle graduated from Greensboro College with a BS in Business Administration and Economics. After experiencing the loss of his Grandmother while in college, Lyle found himself working a summer job at Hall-Wynne the following two years. After graduation, he followed a different career for a few short months.
The desire to help families in their greatest time of need lead him to pursue a career as a Funeral Director. He enrolled in the Funeral Service Licensee program at Fayetteville Technical Community College and graduated in December, 2014. He was fortunate to serve his apprenticeship in Sanford, NC at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home under the leadership of the legendary, Mr. Tommy Bridges.
Lyle always had the desire to return home and serve the people of Chatham County. In 2015, the dream of owning his own funeral home, in his home town, became a reality when he purchased Hall-Wynne in Pittsboro.
Lyle is very proud to return the business to private local ownership. The business was founded in 1916 by Mr. George Jeter Griffin at our same location and continued through three generations. Mr. William "Bill" Griffin, Jr., still active in the business today, was an important part of Lyle's decision to choose a career as a Funeral Director, mentoring him along the way.
Lyle is a life-long member of Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, baseball, and most outdoor sports.
In September 2017 Lyle was selected by Department Chair of Funeral Service Education Ronald Montgomery, Jr. to serve as a Board Member on the Funeral Service Education Advisory Board at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
In October 2018 Lyle and Donaldson Funeral Home & Cremation were asked to serve as a Board/Coalition Member for Chatham-Orange Grief Oasis. A Grief Support Group in Chapel Hill.
Lyle is a member of Columbus Lodge #102 A.F. & A.M. and a member of Rotary Club of Pittsboro, Chapter #88190.
Lyle is the youngest of three children of Mark and Sara Donaldson. He is the proud Uncle of Chase and Finley.