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BAMBERG -- Mr. James Edward Darnell Sr., 80, of Bamberg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Funeral services for Mr. Darnell will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Bamberg First Baptist Church, 11823 Heritage Highway, Bamberg, with the Rev. Charlie Lucas and the Rev. Brad Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Bamberg County Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until the hour of service.

He was born in Bamberg on Aug. 15, 1938, to the late Charlie Horace Darnell and the late Marie Tant Darnell. He was married to the love of his life, Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Darnell, for 57 years.

He was a lifelong member of Bamberg First Baptist Church. He was retired from the United States Air Force as a medic in the Vietnam War and hospital administrator. He loved God, his family and his dog Oreo and loved to work in his yard.

He is survived by his wife Becky; children June (Bobby) Kemp of Bamberg, James E. (Beth) Darnell Jr. of Boerne, Texas, and Marie Darnell and David (Hilary) Darnell, both of Greenwood; grandchildren Mason and Conner Darnell, of Boerne, Texas, Hailey, Logan and Perrin Darnell of Greenwood, Warren (Faith) Armstrong of Mount Pleasant, Samantha Armstrong (Joe Thoensen) of Columbia, Maddie Kemp of Bamberg, Lissa (Jason) Myers of Isle of Palms, and Carroll Kemp Brabham of Bamberg; and great-grandchildren Anna Grace and Brayden Brabham and Watson and Avery Myers. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles Darnell, and a granddaughter, Rowan Darnell.

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Memorials can be sent to Connie Maxwell Children's Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648-1178; or to Bamberg First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 355, Bamberg, SC 29003.

Cooner Funeral Home LLC, 287 McGee Street Bamberg, is in charge of arrangements.

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