(submitted by Betty Turvaville)
George Vernon Darst Sr., 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab after a brief illness. He was a retired oil field worker, a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark McCoy, Bro. Jack Whitley Jr. and Bro. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Gray Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Tommie Nell Darst; four daughters, Cheryl Robinson (David) of Jackson, Rene Joyner (Greg) of Plant City, Fla., Angela Moore (Rony) of Cairo and Lydia Moore (Tony) of Jacinto; two sons, George V. Darst Jr. of Baton Rouge, La., and George T. Darst (Penny) of Booneville; 11 grandchildren, Jared Robinson, Heather and Casey Joyner, Ashlee and Ryan Moore, Georgia (Luke) Patterson and T.J. Moore, Michael and Dawn Darst, and Riley and Hanna Darst; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Francis Darst; one sister, Myrl Jean Lee; one brother, Thomas Clayton Darst; and one grandson, Jason Darst Floyd.