VERNON OSBAN DARNELL, age 78 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at his residence. He was a native of Greenville, South Carolina, resident most of his life of Bradley and McMinn County, Tenn. a son of the late Martin Osban and Grace Blakley Darnell. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Darnell Ellis. He retired from Bowater Paper Co., and was a member of First Baptist Church, Athens, TN. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict serving in the U. S. Army.
Survivors: Wife of 48 years: Judy Marie Coffey Darnell of Athens, Tenn., Two Daughters and son-in-law: Jennifer and Brian Templeton of Decatur, Tenn., Julie O'Daniel of Athens, Tenn., Two Sons: Jeff Darnell of Athens, Tenn., David Darnell of Athens, Tenn., Four Grandchildren: Alyssa O'Daniel, Matthew O'Daniel, Kennedy Darnell, and Kampbell Darnell, Sister: Argel Ellenburg of Travelers Rest, South Carolina several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Monday, September 27, 2021 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Hutsell and Rev. Bo Dunkle officiating. Interment will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday in Clearwater Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Calvin Paul, Roger Ward, Brian Templeton, Stockton Coffey, Brent Ellis, Lukie Wilcox, and Gene Smith. The family will receive friends from 5-7 Monday in the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Vernon-Darnell Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements.