Ernest Donald "Ducky" Estes



Ernest Donald “Ducky” Estes of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at his home after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Donald was born on February 4, 1934 and was the son of Annie and Walter Estes. He was a 1954 graduate of James Monroe High School where he excelled in basketball, baseball, track, and with his passion, football. Donald held many high school athletic records and was chosen in football as “Most Valuable Player” in 1952 by the Lions Club. He retired from Quantico after 30 years of service as a planner/estimator and painter. Donald continued his own painting business and worked part-time at the Manheim Fredericksburg Auto Auction. In 1964, Donald and Margaret’s home was opened to start a new ministry for the Fredericksburg Baptist Association in the Grafton Village area. They had 100 in attendance the first Sunday to become Friendship Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee. He was a member of Falmouth Baptist Church. Donald was a simple man: a family man who loved his family, especially his three grandsons.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Margaret Brooks Estes; two devoted daughters, Cynthia Thomas, and her husband, Linwood and Donna Cox and her husband, Greg; grandsons, Linwood Thomas IV and his wife, Sandra, Brooks Thomas, Sr., and Cameron Cox; and two great-grandsons, Brooks Thomas, Jr. and Aidan Cox. One of 11 children, Donald leaves behind his beloved brother, Robert “Bob” Estes and his wife, Margaret and many nieces and nephews. He thought the world of his caregiver, Mayra, and the family expresses their gratitude for her loving care. Donald was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Leslie Powers officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Linwood Thomas IV, Brooks Thomas, Sr., Cameron Cox, Bill Estes, John Carneal, and Clarence Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, Jeff Brooks, Michael Duerden, Allan Estes, Phillip Estes and Michael Summers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060 or Samaritan’s Purse, Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

“In our life here on earth, death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.” He will be greatly missed.