Chester “Duane” Darby, of Southlake, TX, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the age of 91.
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A visitation will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Winnsboro, TX with a funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm. Rev. Debbie Lyons officiating will be officiating.
Duane was born on April 11, 1928 to Chester and Bernice Darby in Winnsboro, TX. He grew up on a farm in Coke, TX, and upon graduation joined the U.S. Navy for 2 years. He met Allie Lampi while in the Navy in Michigan and they married in November, 1947. Duane worked for Amerada Petroleum Corporation in Coke, TX, White Oak, TX, and Tioga, ND. Duane joined Mobile Oil Corporation in 1968 and worked in Memphis, TN, and then Atlanta, GA. He retired after 25 years with Mobile. Allie passed away in 1999 after 52 years of marriage. Duane then moved back to Winnsboro, TX, where he attended the Winnsboro First United Methodist Church. In 2012 Duane moved to Southlake, TX, to be close to family.
Duane was a 71-year member of the Flora Masonic Lodge in Quitman, TX, and also a member of the Gus Garrison Masonic Lodge in Winnsboro, TX.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Darby, his brother Bill Darby, and his sister, Mary Hunt.
Duane is survived by his two daughters, Karen Newkirk and Sherry Hanlon; brother, Harry Darby; sister-in-law, Laura Lampi of Michigan; four granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that you make memorial donations to the Winnsboro Masonic Lodge, PO Box 196, Winnsboro, Texas 75494 and the First United Methodist Church, 301 Church St. Winnsboro, Texas.