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In Memory of

James V. Darnell

January 24, 1929 - June 13, 2017

Obituary


James V. Darnell, DC - born on January 24.1929 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He passed away on June 13.2017, 88 years young, in Kennesaw, GA. He was a long-time resident of Marietta, GA and later resided in Cartersville, GA.


James, the youngest of 4 boys, is preceded in death by his parents - Zebulon and Grace Darnell, wife - Velma Frances Darnell, and brothers Reid Darnell, Stanley Darnell and John Darnell.


He leaves behind, to celebrate the man he was and life he led - his daughter,...

James V. Darnell, DC - born on January 24.1929 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He passed away on June 13.2017, 88 years young, in Kennesaw, GA. He was a long-time resident of Marietta, GA and later resided in Cartersville, GA.


James, the youngest of 4 boys, is preceded in death by his parents - Zebulon and Grace Darnell, wife - Velma Frances Darnell, and brothers Reid Darnell, Stanley Darnell and John Darnell.


He leaves behind, to celebrate the man he was and life he led - his daughter, Theresa Darnell and grandson Zachary Goad. Stepchildren, through his marriage to Frances, Crystal Shaw, Ron Edmonds and Ron's son Shane Edmonds. Sister-in-law Jackie Darnell, many much loved nieces, nephews and cousins. He had many friendships over the years and most special was one with Robert Rainer. His family and friends will truly miss his presence in their lives.


Daddy grew up in Nelson, GA. As a young man Dad worked for Georgia Marble Company in Nelson, GA. and later for Lockheed Martin in Marietta GA.


He served in the US Army during the Korean War and later in the Army Reserves. He was last stationed at Ft. Lewis Army base in Tacoma, WA.


Once his military service was over, he pursued a degree in Chiropractic medicine at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated in 1960 and moved back to Marietta to set up practice at 812 Roswell Street. He was in this same location for almost 50 years. This was his true passion. He often told family and friends this was what he enjoyed most and it never felt like a job to him. He would always get to his office (a one-man practice) early and would often stay after hours to see a patient that needed his services.


Dad passed this philosophy of doing what you love onto his grandson Zac. He encouraged Zac to pursue his passion for music and of becoming a Luthier. Dad was always so proud of Zac's musical accomplishments throughout high school and college. He always enjoyed seeing Zac perform and was quick to tell anyone that Zac did not get his musical talents from him!


Dad was a long-time and respected member of Woodstock First Baptist church in Woodstock, GA. "Doc" enjoyed his Sunday school and church family, treasuring the friendships that were made while attending.


After retirement, Dad spent time with family and friends. He enjoyed outings with his good friend Robert, often driving up through Nelson, Tate and Jasper - areas that he had grown up around. For a couple of years he and I would meet every Friday at Martin's in Kennesaw to enjoy breakfast together and catch up on the past week's event. He also enjoyed meals at O'Charley's in Acworth - especially the Chicken Harvest soup and Chocolate Silk pie. He was a favorite among several of the staff at that location.


Daddy - you lived a full life. We were so lucky to have you in our lives for so long.

You will be missed!! We love you..


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.