In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, D.Y. Darnell and Ross C. Darnell.
Mr. Darnell graduated from Breckenridge High School in Breckenridge, Texas, in 1951 and then served in the United States Army for two years stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Since that time he has been a businessman and cattle rancher. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and the brotherhood group at the church. He was also a member of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association.
Joe Darnell is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Patty and Rocky Tillery, Karen and Ken Hatch and Darla and Tommy Betts, Raylene Darnell the mother to his children; his sister, Nell Nichols; his grandchildren, Joy Robinson, Brock Tillery, Kendall Hatch, Tyson Betts, Hannah Hensley, Megan Betts, Ahren Wood and Derrick Hatch; great-grandchildren, Emma Hensley, Gray Elyse Robinson, Halee Wood, Harlee Wood and Gunner Hatch. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home in Cedartown with Rev. Joel A. Smith, Rev. Wayne Benefield and Rev. Brad Horton officiating. Interment will follow in the Polk Memory Gardens with military honors being conducted by the Brewster-Cleveland Post 86 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, February 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ken Hatch, Rocky Tillery, Tommy Betts, Breck Tillery, Tyson Betts and Rick Nichols. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Carnes, Walt Wells, James Casey, Joe Casey, Greg Mitchell, Bobby Layton, Donny Gay, Blake Dyer, Jody Wood and Derrick Hatch.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting the website: liteseyfh.com and to sign the on-line guestbook.
The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, Cedartown.