KINGSPORT - David Darden, 71, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at his home. David’s positive influence touched countless lives. David served in the Army Reserve in the 844th Combat Engineers, Delta Company, where he earned the rank of Major.He was a Marketing and Product Manager at Eastman Chemical Company for 35 years. He taught marketing at Sullivan South High School for 10 years. Out of his love for the church, he taught Sunday school and youth group and was an elder-member of the board at Colonial Heights Christian Church. He volunteered his time and energy and financial support to many events and programs and ministries. He was a volunteer fire fighter for many years. He saw the good in everyone. David participated in everything he did wholeheartedly and truly enjoyed every moment.
David was preceded in death by his mother, Dorcas and his father Cecil of Conover, NC.
David is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy Bass Darden; one son, Andrew Darden and wife Dee of Corbin, KY; one daughter, Kristen Robinson and husband, Lavelle of Knoxville, TN; one granddaughter, Avery Darden, who he absolutely adored; one brother, Steve Darden of Conover, NC; and several nieces and nephews and extended family.
The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, January, 17, 2020 at Colonial Heights Christian Church. A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11am on Saturday, January18, 2020 with Pastor David Mullins officiating. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the church by 10:50am.
He was devoted to building relationships and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Good Shepherd Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at PO BOX 5051 Kingsport, TN 37663 or to The Food Pantry at Colonial Heights Christian Church at 105 Meadow Lane Kingsport, TN 37663.
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Carter-Trent Funeral Home downtown, Kingsport is serving the Darden family.