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Donald Richard Polk Sr., 72, of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away peacefully at home on May 20, 2021.

Donald, born November 14, 1948, was the 4th born son of N. M. and Sarah Polk. A giant personality with a kind and generous heart, Donald never met a stranger and made a huge impact on everyone he met. Always ready with a joke or a story to lighten even the stormiest of days. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated family man and the best friend that anyone could hope for. Donald will be so greatly missed by his family and friends.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Velma Polk; sons, Donnie and Ben; daughters-in-law, Anna and Catherine; grandchildren, Conner, Colin, Ellie and Sadie; brothers, Butch, Johnny and Robert and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, N. M. and Sarah, and his oldest brother, James.

The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 o’clock Monday morning, May 24, 2021, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive.

A funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, May 24, 2021, in the chapel of Copeland Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Beaufort Memorial Gardens.

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  1. Jayne Sagar says:

    Velma Donnie and Ben: I know you have lost a huge piece of your heart he was one great man and loved by so many. But he’s watching over you know and will always be there. A true guardian angel. Love and prayers Jayne

  2. Cheryl Ashley Bowman says:

    My heart breaks for you, and your family. Donald was a scream to be around. He always kept us in stiches at work. One of a kind.

    My Deepest Sympathy,

  3. Barbara Brown and Tommy says:

    Donald was a kind man always had a smile will never forget him..May God Bless

  4. Aurelia Murray says:

    Mr. Don was an awesome person, really going to miss seeing him driving ole blue and bubba riding along. Especially appreciated his kindness and allowing my family and I place to live. Best landlord i ever had. Love ya Mr. Don sleep in peace.

    The Murray Family

  5. Sandy Jenkins says:

    I will always think of Donald with a smile. He made everyone around him laugh. He will be missed and truly loved. God bless the Polk family my prayers are with you.

  6. Lolita huckaby says:

    One of my favorite memories of Donald was running into him at the Boundary Street BiLo strolling along the shelves planning some big meal ..and ESPECIALLY during green peanut season!! We had several funny conversations picking out peanuts .. he will be missed by lots of people .. prayers for all his family & Friends!

  7. Sherri Bryan says:

    I worked with Donald at one of my first jobs during high school. He was always a ball of fun!!! Quite the character!Loved to laugh and make you laugh. He was a great person who Beaufort will miss. My condolences to his family and my prayers for the strength and peace to help you through this great loss.

  8. Jackie and Meredith says:

    Donald was such a colorful person who had and shared his great personality and friendship with many. Loved the fish fries in your back yard thru the years. He too could sing and over the years “Sixty Minute Man” was my favorite!!!! Velma, you Ben and Donnie are in our thoughts. Stay strong friend.

  9. Rebecca W Bass says:

    Velma, Donnie, and Ben,

    Sending hugs to you and praying you find peace in the coming weeks so you can remember the happy times wth Dad.

    Love, Rebecca and Frank

  10. Kathy & Robert Bundy says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  11. Beverly Stanley Daws says:

    Velma, so very sorry to read of Donald’s passing. If you remember, I lived in Sarah’s apt.upstairs in 1969-70 and I was married to Bob Stanley. I was so fond of her and all her family. Just know you and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort.

    Are Iva Lee and Butch still living?

  12. Bliss Baxley says:

    Dear Velma and Family,

    I was so sorry to have read about Donald’s passing. He was so sweet and kind. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  13. Janice York-Deaton says:

    Velma, Donnie, Ben and all family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all ., my heart breaks for you all.. Donald as you and the boys have a special place in my heart. My deepest condolences to you all.

  14. Marvin & Barbara Stanley says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God bring you comfort and trust in his promises. Your long-ago neighbor in Shell Point.

  15. Bill and Bobbie Sue Muthig says:

    We are so sorry for the loss to your family. We had some great laughs and heard some great jokes from Donald. He will truly be missed and remembered lovingly. Prayers to you Velma and the family.

  16. Sheila Trimmier says:

    I’m so sorry Velma, I know the grief you feel. Donald will be missed by many. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  17. Sarah Rowe says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you Velma and your sweet family. Donald was such a dear friend and he will certainly be missed. I’m so thankful for the years we worked together and I know he was always such a big help whenever needed. His sweet smile will always be cherished in my heart.


    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Donald was so kind and friendly to everyone. The world needs MORE people like him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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