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photo of bobby darnell BOBBY G DARNELL
May 19, 1937 - October 29, 2017

Master Sergeant Bobby Gene "Duke" Darnell, passed away on October 29, 2017, after a long illness

He was born in Hot Coal, on May 19, 1937, and had resided in Beckley since retiring from the Air Force in 1979.

He was preceded in death by his father George Darnell, mother Virginia Mae Darnell

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Fumei Yang Darnell, daughter Debbie Me Morgan and husband Steven of Beckley, anad sister-in-law Esther Darnell of Anapolis, MD. He has 5 nephews and nieces, 3 grandsons, Jacon Darnell of Cleveland, OH, Jonah and Logan Morgan of Beckley.

Bobby was a 1955 graduate of Mark Twain High School, and a 1982 graduate of Beckley College. Shortly after high school Bobby embarked on a long career in the Air Force and retired as Master Sergeant with 24 years of honorable service to his country. He was awarded a meritorious for outstanding service and achievements. After retirement he went to work as a civilian employee of the Beckley Police Depot, and retired with 23 yeares of credited service. Bobby was a member of Bekley Masonic Lodge 92,Scottish Rite Consistory and Beni Kedem shrine temple of Charleston.

He was an avid trout fisherman and enjoyed fishing the streams of WV with his favorit fishing buddy, his wife Fumei.

Services will be handled by Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley on November 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM.

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