James Wilton Darby

James Wilton Darby, 91, of Gray Court, husband of Juanita Gray Darby, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 30th, 2018.

Born in Laurens, S.C., he was a son of the late John Wesley Darby and Lydie Inez Willis Darby. Mr. Darby was of the Methodist faith and a devoted life-long member of Dials United Methodist Church.

Mr. Darby retired after 50 years of service with Carolina Delivery Service. Not wanting to truly retire he went back to work for the Laurens County Recycling Center for 18 more years. Wilton loved people. Throughout his 68 year working career he touched many people with his loving and caring manner. Mr. Darby served in the United States Army 398th Engineer Construction Battalion during WWII.

Wilton is survived by his son Jerry Wayne Darby, daughter Tameria Darby Baxter (Lindsay Baxter), daughter-in-law Debbie Darby; grandchildren, Samantha Darby (Ryan Wood), Gena Darby (Trevor Howlett), DJ Darby (Austin Leopard), Kaleen Baxter (Michael Frasher); Great grandkids Darby and Mathew Burns, Mackenzie and Mason Wood, Hayden and Hunter Howlett, Hudson Leopard, Preston and Addison Frasher and one sister, Ruth Garrett of Laurens.

Mr. Darby was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years Juanita G Darby, son Gene Darby, grandson James Creighton Darby, granddaughter Melissa Darby Burns and a brother, John Rapley Darby.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Simpsonville.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Dials United Methodist Church with Rev. Forest D. Mixon officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made in lieu of flowers to: Dials United Methodist Church (General Fund) PO Box 555 Gray Court, SC 29645.

The family will be at the residence.

Condolences to the family of James Wilton Darby

  • BELINDA NICHOLS
    2 years ago

    Tammy, Wayne, Debbie, and families,

    We are so sorry about Mr. Darby’s passing. We only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, but our greatest memory was him dancing with your mother at Trevor & Gena’s wedding. He always showed such warmth and kindness to us. Our grandsons will be so hurt for they loved him so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming weeks. John & Belinda Nichols

  • Judy Boozer
    2 years ago

    Knowing Mr. Wilton was an honor! A very special man. A Godly man. May he rest in peace.

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