Clyde M. Darby

November 15, 1930 ‒ November 27, 2006

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Clyde M. Darby, 76, of Lindsey Road, Lexington, died Monday evening November 27, 2006 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

He was born November 15, 1930 in Greenup, Kentucky, and was graduated from Sophia (West Virginia) High School in 1949.

A four-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Clyde served in Korea during the Korean War, earning several medals.

Following two years of technical school training, in 1955 he moved to Mansfield from Sophia, West Virginia.

Initially he worked as a residential installer and repairman for the United Telephone Company. He later worked installing and repairing PABX/PBX machines and systems, retiring from Sprint in 1992 with 37 years of service.

Clyde was a man who was not defined by his vocation. He was a friend to everyone he met. He filled his life with laughter and love, and his most cherished times were spent surrounded by his family. He raised them to appreciate humor, and to rely on the humorous aspects of life to overcome life’s obstacles.

His family was the center of his attention and affection. Clyde honored his wife and marriage and made it a priority. He felt blessed by his children and their husbands. He worshipped his grandsons and great grandson, lovingly referring to them as horses…as he could assign enormous jobs to them.

Detail oriented, Clyde not only built their own home, but could take a sketched-out design from his wife, and engineer the finished product. He was “all about the saws” when it came to woodworking projects.

A proud owner of a 1930 Ford, he was a member of Copus Hill Chapter Model “A” Club and attended Heartland Alliance Church, North Woodbury Campus.

Clyde’s name appeared at the top of sign-up lists for volunteering his talents to help anyone in need. Whether it be helping wash dishes, or build beautiful furniture, he always presented his best work and thoroughly enjoyed his labor.

At 75 years of age, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, so he entered heaven as a newborn! He will forever be remembered by his family and friends for his generosity, love and laughter.

He is survived by his wife Merle L. (Denny) Darby, whom he married November 8, 1952; daughters and sons-in-law Dena and Robert Bosler of Shenandoah, Marianne and Randy Harriger of Galion, Paula Fox of Lexington and Betsy and Matt Mitchell of Bellville; grandsons Joshua Jamieson, Chad Jamieson, Ben and Dara Harriger, Andy Harriger and his fiancée Katie Moore, and Greg Fox; a great grandson Caleb Jamieson; sister-in-law and her husband Audrey and Earl Brown of Kinston, North Carolina; and sister-in-law Nancy Darby of Lorton, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hugh E. and Nora A. (Williams) Darby; a brother William Darby; and his maternal grandmother Lyde Williams.

The family will receive friends Thursday November 30, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Clyde Darby will be held Friday at 10 am in Heartland Alliance Church, North Woodbury Campus, 6385 State Route 314, North Woodbury. Pastors Brian Mackey, Brian Durbin and the Rev. Roy Dale Martin will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Heartland Alliance Church may be made at the funeral home.

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