John "Darrell" Conley

November 10, 1939September 4, 2018

John “Darrell” Conley Sr. (78) went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2018. He was born on November 10, 1939 in Burnet, Texas to Falvey and Glenn Conley. Darrell began preaching when he was 15 years old and preached for 62 years. Darrell was also passionate about learning and reading. He had a remarkable mind and was a great debater. In addition to his intellectual and spiritual pursuits he was also an accomplished magician belonging to the Order of Merlin as well as the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Darrell performed school shows, birthday celebrations, and adult parties as well. Darrell’s legacy continues with the many lives he has touched. His influence has led his son, son in-law, and three grandsons and many other individuals to go on to preach the gospel of Christ. Darrell is survived by his wife, Judy, son, J. D. Conley (Denise) of Marietta, OH, Daughter Marietta Barcroft (Robert) of Fairview, WV, foster daughter, Sheila (Wade) Saragusa Kilpatrick and stepsons, Charles (Kathy) Spraggins of Jacksonville, FL and Mark (Kirsten) Spraggins of Atlanta, GA. 9 grandchildren, Shalyn, Shane, Jesse, Travis and Matthew Conley. Kenneth, Rebecca and Adam Barcroft, and Jude Spraggins along with several great-grandchildren. He did a great work in the Lord’s church and will be greatly missed by his brethren in Christ. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday September 8, 2018 with a visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL PARK and FUNERAL HOME 7242 Normandy Boulevard is serving the family.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Celebration of LIfe Saturday, September 8, 2018

John "Darrell" Conley

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Cody LeBlanc

September 12, 2018

I am a distant cousin to J.D. and Marietta through their mother's side of the family (the Crow Family). My thoughts and prayers go out to the Conley family during this difficult time.

Norman Starr

September 8, 2018

I can say that I got the most influential teachings by hearing Darrell many years at Hickory Knoll Church of Christ in the New Orleans area. Darrell taught me singing and even the scale forward and backwards. He helped us see the joy of meeting at members homes and singing together for many hours.
Perhaps his magic rabbit 'Bunny Slaw' will go with him to God's heaven and I will one day enjoy being in Darrell's company and i can only guess of what things we will talk about there as we are cared for by our Lord. My Deborah will surely greet Darrell in those heavens as he arrives with all the others who have gone before and I so long to be with so many gone before along with my wife. I know that this wait on earth will be worth it because of our God and His plan. Thank you Darrell for your wonderful influence and instilled hope. Ill see you as soon as our Father allows.
Norman H. Starr

Jim Kennamer

September 7, 2018

Dear Judy and family,
Wanda and I came to the Folkston congregation in late 2005. Darrell was sharing the pulpit there on a part-time basis with Bobby Lairsey. We quickly learned that Bro. Darrell was likely the most knowlegeable and faithfully sound preacher with which we have had the privilege of listening. His love of the Lord and His Word was always at the forefront of his lessons. While we are saddened with his passing, we rejoice knowing that his journey in eternity has just began with the God he fervently adored!

Dub McClish

September 7, 2018

Dear Judy and family,

All who knew Darrell will join with me in feeling the sense of loss at his passing. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him well over the decades know of the godly legacy of his life and work and through which his influence for truth and righteousness will continue. May the Lord comfort your hearts with the hope the Gospel affords and with the precious memories of a dedicated life.

Dub McClish

Sheila Saragusa Kilpatrick

September 5, 2018

In the fall of 1976, I became friends with Marietta in our freshmen year of high school. I was asked to attend a church picnic with Marietta and her family. I was invited to church and continued to go to church with the Conley family from then on and the rest is history. Darrell and Loretta Conley became my step parents after I asked them if I could move in with their family. My mother decided to move our own family back to New Orleans right before my senior year of high school. I didn’t want to lose the friendship I had with Marietta and her family and my 4 years of attending church with them at Hickory Knoll Church of Christ. Darrell and Loretta became momma and daddy to me. They took me in and treated me as their daughter. Daddy baptized me on February 23, 1979. Marietta and I went to Freed-Hardeman College, one year after graduating from high school. When I went home for Christmas, Spring Break and summer, I still called my home with the Conley family. To this day, I still consider momma and daddy, JD and Marietta, my family. I am forever grateful for Marietta inviting me to church and changing the course of my life. I don’t know where I would be right now if this family would not have opened up their hearts and home to me in the summer of 1979. Daddy was such a good father and momma was such a great mother to me when a vulnerable 14 year old girl lost her own father the summer before 9th grade. Daddy was one of the best Christians that I have ever known. I cannot thank him enough for everything he has ever done for me. His daughter, Marietta and I are sisters for life. Daddy will surely be missed and it breaks my heart that he is gone from this earth. Love and prayers for the Conley family, may God comfort you for the rest of your days.