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Shirley "Donna" (Rinehart) Porter Mcintyre

October 18, 1949 — February 22, 2023

Shirley “Donna” (Rinehart) Porter McIntyre of Athens TN, born October 18, 1949, age 73, went to be with Jesus in heaven peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, with her husband John McIntyre by her side. She lived a full life and was beloved by many. Donna is preceded in death by her first husband Dale Porter, her parents William and Frances Rinehart of Aliquippa PA, her grandparents Roy and Mary Rinehart of Riceville, TN, her grandparents Austin and Pearl Rue of Athens TN and other extended family of Athens TN. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband John McIntyre of 30 happily married years and his extended family in WV. Donna met John, the love of her life, in Aliquippa PA in 1991 at the Pittsburgh airport where they worked together in maintenance. They married October 28, 1992. Within months, they moved to Athens TN to be near extended family, nature and the mountains. She loved to go to Bald River Falls to hike and look out. She always made family a priority and enjoyed regularly connecting to loved ones far and near so they knew they were deeply loved. Jesus was her Savior. Her favorite verse was Ephesians 6:10 “Be strong in the Lord for His power is mighty.” Her favorite hymns were How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace, In the Garden and What a Friend we have in Jesus. She knew Jesus’ power of forgiveness and peace. Nothing is impossible with God.

She is also survived by her son Michael Porter (Linda) of Athens TN, whom she loved and treasured beyond words. Mike is her only son and Linda quickly became her daughter. Also her brother Darriel Rinehart (Dawn) married 50 years of Columbus OH, and her sister Kathy Rinehart Short (Jack) married 39 years of Aliquippa PA; her sister-in-law Sandy Handerman (Harry) married 29 years of New Cumberland WV; step-grandchildren James Davis, Tabbatha, Kevin, Brittany and Kayla Avery along with extended families of Aliquippa PA; niece and nephews, Duane Rinehart (Susana) of San Diego CA along with their children Duane Ignacio “Nash”, Alexandra, Chloé and André, Valerie Rinehart Pigg (Darin) of Columbus OH along with her children Samuel and Bethany, John Michael “Jack” Short (Lori) of Aliquippa PA along with their daughters Alaina and Alysssa, and Richard “Rick” Short (Bill) of Aliquippa PA as well as other extended family of Athens TN, all of whom she loved and cared for deeply.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Star Regional Medical Center for their care and hospitality during her last days. Per her request, no funeral services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle at 245 Co Rd 677, Riceville TN on Saturday, March 4, at 1 pm.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Shirley and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial webpage and guestbook at Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist her family with these arrangements.

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle

245 County Road 677, Riceville, TN 37370

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