Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Paul Donald Heafner

Paul Donald Heafner, 78, of Albemarle passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in CMC Main. His funeral service will be 11 AM Friday, July 26, 2019 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Tom Mauldin officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park.

Born December 26, 1940 in Lincolnton, NC he was the son of the late Paul J Heafner and Beulah Cauble Heafner. He was a minister and worked for 26 years as an office assistant with Service Distributing in Albemarle. He was an Eagle Scout and served as President of the Student Body at Lincoln HS. He loved people and if anyone asked how he was he always responded “Tip-Top.”

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gay Clark Heafner of the home, sons Joe Heafner of Conover, NC and Kerry Heafner of West Monroe, LA, and a brother Allen Heafner (Sue) of Charlotte.


  • Cindy Whitley-Mauldin Posted July 24, 2019 10:12 am

    Gay, Joe and Kerry, I am so sorry for your loss! Don was a wonderful man and will be missed by all that knew him. I enjoyed working with him at Service Dist. I will never forget him! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Sharon Gardner Tucker Posted July 24, 2019 12:06 pm

    Dear Gay and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don was a laid back easy going man who didn’t ask for a lot of help. Whenever he asked for something I always tried to help him. He will be missed. but i’m sure he is happy.

  • Glenda Poplin Posted July 24, 2019 1:24 pm

    So sorry. to hear about Don. He will be greatly missed. He was always a happy wonderful person. Out love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

  • Debra Morgan Posted July 24, 2019 4:34 pm

    Don was a joy to work with back in the day, at Service Distributing. I don’t believe he ever had a bad day ! If he did, he never showed it. Bless your little ‘ole soul,….the one that I called my friend. ♥️

  • Douglas Craig Posted July 25, 2019 11:14 am

    Don and I go way back to Lincolnton and high school. As an eagle scout he was an inspiration to many of us and respected by us all. His legacy will live on with all he influenced and the world is a lesser place without him.

  • Scott Holland Posted July 25, 2019 4:48 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family peace and serenity during this trying time.

  • Gloria Freeman Posted July 25, 2019 6:41 pm

    So very sorry for your loss

  • Janie Hatley Posted July 26, 2019 11:34 am

    Gay and family: So sorry for your loss. Mom (Ramelle Staton) was just talking about Don the other day. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Joe Heafner Posted July 26, 2019 8:37 pm

    On behalf of Mom, Kerry, and the rest of the family I want to thank everyone for the kind words and remembrances of Dad. He was truly one of a kind, and it is so great to hear that he was loved by so many.

    Joe(y) Heafner

  • Jahala Baucom Posted July 27, 2019 12:32 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your love one. I have lots of fond memories of Don.

  • Carolyn Burleson Posted July 28, 2019 4:44 pm

    Gay,so sorry to hear about Don. He is in a better place and not hurting,can see.We are missing you both at our table at lunch and supper.We hope and pray for you and may the Loed bless you and keep you safe. Don’t forget us..We love you.

  • Jackie Burpeau Posted July 29, 2019 3:13 pm

    Dear Gay and family, I am so sorry to hear of Dons passing. I can still see him walking around town. He suffered for so long as you all have. Praying for peace and comfort as you go through these difficult days.

  • Opal Poplin Posted July 31, 2019 10:37 am

    Gay, so sorry for your loss. May God be with you in the difficult days ahead. Prayers are with you and your family.

  • Harriet H Brooks Posted August 29, 2019 11:59 am

    Gay I am so sorry I just learned of your loss. I pray that God will grant you peace. Harriet

  • Kathy Mitchell Posted September 7, 2019 5:55 pm

    Gay, Joe and Kerry,

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and father. He was such a sweet and truly good soul. They don’t make people like him any more. He was so kind to everyone he met and touched so many. I have very fond memories of family gatherings growing up and running across the street from Grandmas’s house to visit “Dort” and then on to see Don and Gay and all the fur babies! No one could have had a more dedicated and loving wife, Gay. I know Don will be missed. Love to you all, Kathy

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