Kenneth Anthony “Tony” Darden, 92, passed away at his home in Radford on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Wilson and Nina Graham Darden; a daughter, Bette Bryant Darden, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Darden.
Tony is survived by his wife of 72 years (poor Helen), Helen Bryant Day Darden; his sons, Kem and Day (poor Helen); his granddaughters, Katie Day and Mary Lee; his great-grand kids, Wyatt and Bryant; a big brother, Graham, Sr.; a nephew, Graham, Jr.; and a special cousin, Chink.
Tony was a bird in this world. He served his country in the Navy and the Marines. He was a lifetime member of Grace Episcopal Church where he served as trustee on the vestry and was the “Pancake Supper King” for over 50 years. He was the merchant of the Bear Market and Sportsman for 30 years, served on the First & Merchants Bank Board and was appointed to the Virginia Boxing Commission by Gov. Dalton. Tony was also a member of VA May Lodge #38 A.F. & A.M. for over 70 years and was a Kazim Shriner
He finished his career working with his good hunting friend, George Harvey, and then it was off to selling Tony’s Trinkets at the flea markets for 20 years. Many, many thanks go to the members of Grace Episcopal Church, the friends of the Darden family, for all their love, support and wonderful meals, and to the Medi-Home Hospice Team. What a wonderful crew of people. Thanks for taking such good care of Papa Tony.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in West View Cemetery in Radford with The Rev. Dr. Kathy Kelly officiating. Members of VA May Masonic Lodge #38 will conduct Masonic graveside services.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Grace Episcopal Church, 210 Fourth St., Radford, VA 24141.
The Darden family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.