By: Rep. Hubert Collins
May 6, 2013
Donald Ray Halbert, age 70, passed away April 29, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital, following a long illness.
He was born March 8, 1943, at Printer, to Beriah and Ola B. Roberts Halbert. Don was a graduate of Martin High School and Mayo Vocational School.
Don began his career in life by taking his family to Michigan and working for a short period of time before returning to his home of Printer. After approximately a year of living in Printer, he decided to move to Lexington, where he remained his lifetime. Don worked for a number of years for Brandeis Machinery and Supply Company, then in the year 1978 he opened his own machine shop, Big Auger Machine & Tool, Inc. and was a successful business owner until his death. Don was an avid Nascar fan and traveled the country to attend races, where he also formed friendships that would last his lifetime. He enjoyed old cars and had recently restored his 1966 Plymouth Satellite to it’s original beauty. Don and his wife loved to travel, but even though he had been many places, at heart he always considered himself a “True Martin Purple Flasher.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Valetta Mae (Osborne) Halbert, and his parents.
Donald Ray is survived by a son, Donald Ray Halbert Jr. (Kim); a granddaughter, Kelsey Mae, who had academic accomplishments that made him very proud; a sister, Belva (Halbert) Crews; and many nephews and nieces, including Leneda (Craig) Crews Laing and Pamela (Osborne) Frazier (Chuck).
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 5, at Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Burial followed at the Osborne Cemetery, at Eastern.