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Archie Franklin Darling

October 11, 1930 — March 26, 2024

Terrell, Texas

Archie Franklin Darling

Archie Franklin Darling, a beloved individual cherished by many, passed away in Terrell, Texas on March 26, 2024. He was born on October 11, 1930, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Archie led a remarkable life filled with passion and dedication to various pursuits.

In his professional journey, Archie taught electronics at John Brown University and dedicated numerous years of service at Montgomery Wards. Additionally, he owned a shoe repair shop where he humorously claimed to "save souls and heels", showcasing his wit and charm.

Archie's love for music and instruments was truly exceptional. He had the remarkable talent of playing any string instrument, excelling particularly at the mandolin and banjo. His musical prowess brought joy to many around him. Apart from music, Archie was a dedicated member of Life Pointe Church for many years. His commitment shone bright as one of the oldest members of the congregation. Archie found comfort in holding daily conversations with Jesus and cherishing a special prayer time at 3:00 AM.

Having served in the United States Navy for 8 years after joining at the age of 17, Archie displayed a deep sense of duty and commitment to his country.

Beyond his profession and hobbies, Archie's true essence shone through his compassion towards others. He had an innate ability to see the good in everyone he met, leaving a positive impact on all who crossed his path.

In his leisure moments, Archie found joy in music—mastering various string instruments like the mandolin and banjo. Known for his witty jokes and mischievous pranks, he brought laughter wherever he went. His love for bluegrass and big band music resonated deeply within him. Additionally, flying airplanes held a special place in his heart alongside sharing quality time with his fellow "pickers."

Archie's memory will forever be treasured by his surviving family members including his wife Marjorie Darling of Terrell, Texas; children Lisa Wade of Seattle, Washington, Esther House of Greenville, Texas, and Linda Atwill of Campbell, Texas; brother Gary Darling of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; sister Linda Jane Craig of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; daughter in law Debbie Davis of Birmingham, Alabama; 8 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents Chauncey and Sarah Darling; first wife Nellie Darling of Savoy, Texas; son Danny Darling of Greenville, Texas; sister Anne Collins of Merrillville, Indiana; stepson Rick Davis of Rockwall, Texas; stepdaughter Diane Scott of Rockwall, Texas.

A visitation will take place on April 1st from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Life Pointe Church in Terrell followed by a Funeral Service from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the same location. The final Graveside Service will commence at Fairview Cemetery in Ravenna from around 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM on the same day.

Archie Franklin Darling will forever be remembered for his kind spirit, musical talent, unwavering faith, and dedication to serving others. May he rest in peace knowing that he touched countless lives with love and compassion.

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Visitation

Monday, April 1, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, April 1, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

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Military Graveside Service

Monday, April 1, 2024

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Central time)

Fairview Cemetery

Ravenna, TX 75476

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