Obituaries 4-24-12

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Richard Price Darby

SARDIS – – Richard Price Darby, 90, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at Sardis Community Nursing Home in Sardis.  

Funeral services were Monday at Sardis Church of Christ with Bro. Hal Johnson and Bro. Steve Hentz officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Ray Nowell Funeral Home had charge.

Mr. Darby was the son of the Late Albert Estell Darby and Tamzey Zuleen Matthews Darby.  
He graduated from  Blackjack High School and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Mississippi State University and Ole Miss.  Mr. Darby’s career was spent in education, serving Sardis High School as an agriculture teacher, later becoming principal of Sardis High School and the first principal of North Panola High School.  He ended his lengthy career as Vocational Dean of Education for Northwest Mississippi Community College.  

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Mr. Darby was a life-long member of the Sardis Church of Christ where he served as both deacon and elder.  He was also a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Philippines during World War II and later served three years in the Mississippi Army National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Thomas Darby.   

Survivors include: his wife, Glynn Coleman Cooper Darby of Somerville, Tenn.; one daughter, Rita Darby Henley (Brand) of Hazelhurst; one son, Richard Howard Darby (Kay) of Sardis; two sisters, Lillie Ruth Darby of Calhoun City and Joyce Darby Sullivan of Batesville; six grandchildren, Leigh Ann Darby, Mary Paige Huxford, Rebecca Darby Mitchell, Harris Brand “Hap” Henley, III, Price Darby Henley and Richard Cunningham Henley; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Price and Bobbie Darby Endowed Scholarship Fund at Northwest Mississippi Community College or to the Sardis Church of Christ.