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Darrel Dean Derryberry

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Darrel Dean Derryberry, formerly of Columbus, Ohio and Dexter, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, July 3, 2003. Darrel was born on August 21, 1941 to Everett and Hattie Derryberry in West Plains. He married Patricia Ann Nickens of Chaffee. on June 8, 1963 and they had four children: Darrel Dean Derryberry, Jr., Molly Anne, Suzane Kay and Jeffery Alan. Darrel was God's personal comedian with an ever-ready grin on his face. He was always an ambassador of good will with a unique ability to cheer up everyone who met him. He loved being a prankster and never met a stranger. Even at the hospital in Tampa where he passed away from cancer on Wednesday, he was known as "the funny one." Darrel's twinkling eyes, quick wit and fun-loving spirit will be sadly missed. Darrel became a Christian at the early age of 12 when he attended a Billy Graham Crusade. He served the Lord daily and was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa where he was a Care-Group Leader in the Seekers Sunday School Class. Darrel worked as an Administrator with VHA for many years and valued family about all else and was the ultimate husband and father. He leaves to mourn: his wife, Patricia, of Tampa, Fla.; immediate family members: Mr. And Mrs. Darrel Dean Derryberry, Jr., Darrel Dean Derryberry III (Trey), Ben and Alex of Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Bexten, Adam, Emily and Andrew of Jefferson City; Miss Suzane Derryberry of Columbia, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Derryberry of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, a sister, Mrs. Donna Perkins and her husband, Bill, of St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dunker of Highland, IL, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Nickens, III of New Orleans, La., and mother-in-law, Frances Nickens of Ft. Myers, Fla. Numerous other family members, several nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends mourn his passing. A memorial service was held on Monday, July 7, 2003, at Idlewild Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor Ken Smith. Funeral home arrangements were by Blount, Curry and Roch of Tampa. Burial and graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2003, in Summersville. Donations in Darrel's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. PAID

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