Robert Edward Darst

23 June, 19297 July, 2021
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Robert Edward Darst, 92, of Lynchburg passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Bruffy “Becky” Darst.

Born in Roanoke, June 23, 1929, he was the son of the late Edward Gilmer Darst and Virginia McDaniel Darst. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine Noel Darst; two grandsons, Brian Christopher Cothran and James Edward Darst; and his sister, Mary Ellen Darst.

Robert was retired from Old Dominion Box Co. where he served as Vice President of operations. He was a US Marine Corp veteran having served in WWII, and was a 1956 graduate of VPI with a degree in Forestry. He was an avid golfer and loved to play whenever he had a chance, and was also a member of the American Legion Post 16 and the Marine Corp League #759.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Sharon Darst Cothran (Bill) of Forest; two sons, Robert St. Clair Darst (Barbara) of Calabash, NC and Edward Gilmer Darst (Gretchen Johnson) of Kernersville, NC; three step-children, William S. Carson, Chris E. Carson and Scott A. Carson; seven grandchildren, Wesley Robert Cothran, Robert Matthew Darst, Haley Lorraine Darst, Meghan Darst Fisher, Vincent Chandler Darst, Patricia Darst Cromer and Daniel Wayne Darst and seven great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

A service in the Mausoleum Chapel of Alamance Memorial Park in Burlington, NC will be conducted on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Legion Post 16, 1301 Greenview Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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  • Edward Gilmer Darst, Father (deceased)
  • Virginia McDaniel Darst, Mother (deceased)
  • Lorraine Noel Darst, 1st wife (deceased)
  • Rebecca Bruffy Darst, Wife
  • Sharon Darst Cothran (Bill), Daughter
  • Robert St. Clair Darst (Barbara), Son
  • Edward Gilmer Darst (Gretchen Johnson), Son
  • Brian Christopher Cothran, Grandson (deceased)
  • Wesley Robert Cothran, Grandson
  • Robert Matthew Darst, Grandson
  • Haley Lorraine Darst, Granddaughter
  • Meghan Darst Fisher, Granddaughter
  • Vincent Chandler Darst, Grandson
  • James Edward Darst, Grandson (deceased)
  • Patricia Darst Cromer, Granddaughter
  • Daniel Wayne Darst, Grandson
  • Mary Ellen Darst, Sister (deceased)


  • Visitation

    Monday, 12 July , 2021

  • Entombment

    Tuesday, 13 July , 2021


Robert Edward Darst

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Julie Woody

15 July 2021

Dear Darst family,
My sincere sympathies at the passing of your father. Remembering the kindnesses of you all as first neighbors and friends through the years.
We will keep you in prayer that in these days of grieving there will be healing.
Julie and Robin Woody

Fred Roorback

12 July 2021

Darst family, especially Rob, Eddie and Sharon,
So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. So many ,many great memories together at the lake, beach hanging out " jamming " in the garage. Your mom ("LO") and dad bowling,playing cards, building great model planes and treating us as part of the family. What great pictures you posted . We loved them and will miss them. We are praying for your comfort. Please know how much you all mean to us !
Fred and Annie

Linda Whitmore

11 July 2021

Iam so sorry for your loss. I remember the Darst family from Salem, Va. My grandparents lived there and I went to visit in the summer. My grandparents lived next door to the Darst family.I see your Dad was from Roanoke, Va. Do not know if there is any connection or not. Once again, Condolences to you and your family.

Ellen Tinnin

11 July 2021

Sharon and family, so saddened to hear of your loss. Will be keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Ellen

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