He was born to Valorus William and Wilma (Canfield) Darling on July 17, 1942 in Kansas City , Kansas. He married Connie Lucy (Stapleton) on November 24, 1961 at the Good Hope Baptist Church, and later became the preacher for Good Hope Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father and grandson, Samuel Edward Darling.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Connie Lucy Darling of Three Rivers, Texas; his mother, Wilma Atwell of Greely Colorado; his daughter, Tammy (Adam) Martinez of Three Rivers, Texas; his sons, David Paul (Jeanelle) Darling, Johnny Darling; and adopted son, Toby Perez, all of Three Rivers, Texas. He loved and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; granddaughters, Jami Martinez, Megan Darling, Sara Darling, Erin Darling; grandson: Aaron Martinez; great-granddaughter, Arianna Martinez; great grandsons, Steven and Abran Martinez. He was also survived by his sisters, Jeannie (Gerald) Stauch of Mansfield, Texas, and Patty (Dave) Eddy of Greely, Colorado; along with numerous nieces and nephews that will love him and miss him dearly.
Visitation was Sunday June 8, 2014 from 2-8 PM with a prayer service that same evening at 7 PM at the Haven of Rest Mission in Three Rivers, Texas. Cremation to follow. Services entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers, Texas. For online condolences visit our website at robersonfuneralhomes.