Richard Darden

January 20, 2009



SUFFOLK – Richard Earl Darden, 52, of the 2800 block of S. Nansemond Drive, died Tuesday January 20, 2008, at the family farm in Murfreesboro, NC.

Mr. Darden was born in Portsmouth, VA, a son of Joan Bundy Darden and the late Roy W. Darden. He was a member of Good News Baptist Church in Chesapeake and was retired as a Nuclear Machinist from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Denise Kimker Darden; his mother, Joan Bundy Darden of Elizabeth City, NC; three daughters, Samantha Cushing and her husband, George, and their children, Marissa and James of Gates, NC, Kimberly Darden of Suffolk, VA, and Sarah Darden of Sidney, Australia; a sister, Dana Brown of Currituck, NC, and a brother, Roy W. Darden, Jr. of Chesapeake. He is also survived by his step mother, Sue Darden of Chesapeake,; and step sisters, Shirley Johnson of Chesapeake, Carolyn Carroll of Suffolk, and Linda Albertson of Shawboro,NC.

A graveside celebration of life service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the Darden Family Cemetery in Mapleton, NC. The Rev. Mark Taylor will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home in Ahoskie, NC, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 23.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Darden Scholarship Fund, Wachovia Branch, 3114 Western Branch Blvd., Chesapeake,VA, 23321

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Steven Barnes
14 years ago

I met Ricky here at NNSY as a young Christian. I rememeber he and a brother, Herb Caddy use to walk he piers witnessing to the sailors about Christ. He was a great encouragement in my young walk with the Lord.

He was a blessing to see his joy as he walked in Christ.

God’s grace and love be on Kim and the girls.

Carole M. Chop
14 years ago

To Ricky’s mother, Joan:

My heart goes out to you in the loss of your son. We have a very loving Heavenly Father who allows us to go home when to remain here on Earth would only cause torment trying to live with a deadly disease.

Hope you can all go on with the Festival this year. When you are able, Joan, don’t forget to sing.

Love from Suzi’s friend, Carole

Tom Cooke Family
14 years ago

Praying that GOD will comfort you at this time. Praying for you, Denise and your family.

theresa bethel
14 years ago


Terry Lee
14 years ago

I had the privilege to work with Rick for a few years in the Electroplating Shop. I am the engraver. I enjoyed being his friend. He was such a talented person. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

D.C., Beth, Brooke ,Shawn
14 years ago

So Sorry to hear of your loss. We really only knew Rick and what a special person he was. He was a GREAT musician, so talented. His love for music and his wife and daughters was all he ever talked about. We are very sad to hear about such a special person taken from this world too early. One thing for sure hes playing music up above. Are3 thoughts are with you all. God Bless.

Bennetts Creek Pharmacy
14 years ago

We were so sorry to read of Rick’s passing. We have known him for many years and considered him as more than just a customer. He was our friend. He knew most of us by name. Denise, we will be thinking of you and the children. Be comforted by the fact that you were always there for him in good times and bad!

Dan & Jane Ritenburg
14 years ago

Dear Denise and Family,

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow and pain, with warm memories of your husband and loved one.

Love in Christ,

Dan & Jane

Darla Sallinger
14 years ago

Dear Denise & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls at this time. Ricky’s love for his Family, Music & the Redskins will be missed.

Greg Guertin
14 years ago

Denise…I have just learned of your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your daughters..Ricky always reflected such a great love for them and you. The Lord and honor Him with your service and faithfulness. God will provide the necessary strength to continue on For Him. God Bless. My prayers are with you during this most difficult time.