Donnie Josey was born on June 10, 1958 in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Willie and Ida Mae Josey. He received his education in the public schools in the area and graduated from Butler High School. He was self-employed for over thirty years. He also worked at Tedder Hardware for over 14 years. Donnie was a member of Hartsville Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving to cherish his memories are his wife, Dorothy Josey; Two stepchildren, Tomeka Jackson and Alonzo Jackson; Siblings, Paula Lynn Josey, Joyce Ann Capers, Mary Josey, Sondra (Gary) Josey, Irene (Leverne) Davis and Danny Josey; Fours step-grandchildren, Ta’Keshia Lucas, Jayla Josey, Jahaula Josey and Janiya Josey; a host of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.