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Gloria Jeanie (French) Darnell


It is with great sadness that we the family of Gloria “Jeanie” French Darnell announce her passing. Jeanie passed away peacefully on Friday May 27, 2022 at the Katie B. Reynolds Hospice House in Winston Salem, NC at the age of 79 after a long illness. Born on May 1st, 1943, in MacArthur, she was the daughter of the late Betty Sue Fitzpatrick French and Warren G French.  Jeanie lived most of her life in MacArthur but also lived in Alabama, Washington DC, and Cornelius, NC. She often fondly recalled her time working as a telephone operator for AT&T in Washington, DC and as a secretary at the coal mines.

On Halloween Day in 1970, she married the love of her life, Tom Darnell. After they met at the local Ford dealership, Tom would always joke, “Jeanie came with the red convertible he bought!” In 1975, Tom found his calling while on vacation. He was talked into buying some furniture to re-sell. For 40 years, Jeanie and Tom owned Darnell Furniture in MacArthur. Tom and Jeanie were inseparable. In later years, it was rare to see one without the other.

Most of all, Jeanie was a loving and wonderful mother. Tommy was her lifelong companion and his care and well-being remained her major concern throughout her life. Tim, a physician in Winston Salem, and his wife Patty, blessed Tom and Jeanie with two grandchildren, Caroline and Charlie, whom she loved with all her heart. Jeanie was proceeded in death by her husband Tom Darnell, parents and 2 brothers Warren “Bub” French, and James “Patrick” French. She is survived by her sons Tommy Darnell of MacArthur, and Tim Darnell of Winston Salem, his wife Patty, and their 2 children Caroline, and Charlie. Jeanie also has many wonderful cousins and extended family on her and Tom’s side of the family who survive her and will carry on her memory.

On Sunday, June 5th at 3 PM we will honor the life of Jeanie Darnell with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Keith Manning will be officiating. The family will receive family and friends 2 hours prior to the services on Sunday starting at 1 PM. Jeanie will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity in a private ceremony on Monday at 10 AM.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Darnell, Stephen Darnell, James Canaday, Brandon Canaday, Tommy Darnell and Howard Naylor. Arrangements are by the Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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June 5, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley WV

Funeral Service
June 5, 2022

3:00 PM
Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley

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