James Ernie Darnell, Jr.

Born in Shellbyville, TN on December 7, 1945

Departed on February 17, 2013 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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DARNELL, Jr., James Ernie –age 67 of Hendersonville passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara Musgrave & James Ernie Darnell, Sr. and a brother-in-law, Billy Doak Brandon. Mr. Darnell never met a stranger and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved to fish and to watch his children and grandchildren play sports. Beginning his career at nine years old, Ernie sold Grit newspaper. He worked for National Life and Accident Insurance Company, Holiday Magic Cosmetics, Proctor & Gamble, Dollar General Corp., Forst Merchandising, and American Ace Coffee. He eventually became an independent manufacturer's rep founding the family business, James & James Company. He is survived by a loving wife, Kathleen R. Darnell; sons, Jay Kay Darnell, Adam Swann, Stokes Natalie Swann; grandchildren, Alex & David Darnell, Campbell Swann; and sister, Nancy June Brandon. Funeral Services for Mr. Darnell will be conducted on Thursday, February 21st at 2pm from Community Church in Hendersonville. Visitation with the family will be held from 12pm-2pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to AGAPE of Nashville at 4555 Trousdale Dr. Nashville, TN 37204 615 781-3000. HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 615 824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com

10 Comments to James Ernie Darnell, Jr.

  1. Connie Rich
    February 18, 2013 12:00 am

    Although it is so sad that Ernie has moved on to his eternal life, the good news is that he is in heaven. Ernie was a great guy always happy and full of energy, always had a story to share when he called on me, loved to talk about the old Dollar General days. He will be missed.

  2. Eddie & Wynona Wyatt
    February 18, 2013 12:00 am

    Ernie, we will miss your big heart and big smile! Sorry to see you go but we take comfort in knowing you are with our Lord and Savior! Time spent with Ernie was always a pleasure and always featured Joy!

    Love, Eddie and Wynona

  3. Earline Frost
    February 18, 2013 12:00 am

    Ernie was always so kind and compassionate toward others; a true gentleman. He was such a proud dad–anytime we talked he always expressed pride in his son Jay–he leaves a great legacy and lots of friends behind.

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  5. Mike & Regina Stockman
    February 19, 2013 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear about Ernie. Our life group that meets at Nancy Corley’s house has been praying for your family. Also, our daughter, Celeste Rollins, went to school with and is a friend to Adam. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. John Pennington
    February 19, 2013 12:00 am

    I have enjoyed Ernie for the past few years and I will never forget his positive view of life. My prayers are with you, Kathline.

  7. Suzanne Stone Cunningham
    February 19, 2013 12:00 am

    My memories go back to high school. My deepest sympathy to the family especially the family in Shelbyville, Nancy June, Lisa and Eliza Claire..You are loved.

  8. John Bramblett
    February 20, 2013 12:00 am

    Nancy June, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time of grief.

  9. David & Betty Renegar
    February 20, 2013 12:00 am

    So very sorry to hear about Ernie. He was one of my childhood favorites. Our prayers are with the family.

  10. Diana Massey Stockton
    February 21, 2013 12:00 am

    Dear family,I am so sorry to hear the news that Ernie Boy passed. His mother,Clara was my grandmother,Evelyn’s sister. May God grant you all comfort and peace during this difficult time. You are all in my prayers,Diana Massey