OBITUARY

Darla Abbey Heckathorn

October 26, 1970July 7, 2018
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Funeral Service for Darla Abbey Heckathorn, 47, of Killeen, will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Killeen with burial to follow at the Killeen City Cemetery. Darla was born October 26, 1970 in Killeen, to the Rev. John & Linda Abbey, and went home to be with the Lord on July 7, 2018, at her home, after bravely fighting a long battle with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. She was raised in the Killeen and Temple areas and graduated from Temple High School in 1989. She attended Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. She enjoyed her work in the dental field for over 20 years as a Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist. She met and married the love of her life, Jody Heckathorn, on July 26, 1997, at Faith Temple in Killeen. Darla was very outgoing and always the life of the party. Her favorite pursuit was leading worship services at Peace Church in Mesquite, Texas, Free Life Church in Forney, Texas, and Bethel Church in Killeen where she was currently a faithful member and heavily involved in the Music Ministry. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 21 years, Jody Heckathorn; sons, Chase Heckathorn and his wife Megan, and Ace Heckathorn; daughter, Chelsea Heckathorn Wierwille and her husband Michael; grandson, Tyler Wierwille, parents, Rev. John and Linda Abbey; sister, Amy Abbey Seavey and her husband Christopher; brother, Aaron Abbey and his wife Brittany; nephews, Elijah Seavey and Benjamin Abbey; niece, Hannah Seavey; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, July 13, 2018, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a donation in Darla’s memory to the Bethel Church Building Fund.

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  • Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 21 years, Jody Heckathorn; sons, Chase Heckathorn and his wife Megan, and Ace Heckathorn; daughter, Chelsea Heckathorn Wierwille and her husband Michael; grandson, Tyler Wierwille, parents, Rev. John and Linda Abbey; sister, Amy Abbey Seavey and her husband Christopher; brother, Aaron Abbey and his wife Brittany; nephews, Elijah Seavey and Benjamin Abbey; niece, Hannah Seavey; and a host of other relatives and friends

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Darla Abbey Heckathorn

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Cynthia Kirby

July 14, 2018

May the Heavens rejoice at the home-going of this precious child of God! Keep ‘em singing, Sweet Darla. 💖

Michael Oliver

July 12, 2018

Michelle and I are so sorry for your loss. She now sings praises at the throne of God and has joined that heavenly choir. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.

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Biography

      Darla Denice Abbey Heckathorn was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Darla will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Darla was born on October 26, 1970 at Hillandale Hospital in Killeen, Texas. She was the daughter of Rev. John and Linda Abbey. Darla grew up in Killeen and Temple, Texas.

      Darla was raised with two siblings. She had one younger sister, Amy Abbey Seavey and one younger brother, Aaron Abbey. Darla was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Darla had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Temple High School in 1989 where she excelled in choir activities. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Darla enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Darla was able to manage the balancing act. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentristry.

      On July 26, 1997 Darla exchanged wedding vows with Jody Lynn Heckathorn at Faith Temple of Killeen, Texas. Empathic and loyal, Darla was committed to making her new family happy.

      Darla worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Darla was blessed with three children, two sons, Chase and Ace, one daughter, Chelsea. Another blessing for Darla was the gift of one grandson, Tyler.

      Fortunately, Darla enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Darla worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was a Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist for over 20 years. Darla always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Darla enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were leading Worship services at Peace Church in Mesquite, Texas, Free Life Church in Forney, Texas and Bethel Church in Killeen, Texas. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Throughout her life, Darla was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Darla was a member of the Polyfonics Choir Group. In college, Darla joined the Campus Choir at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

      Darla’s faith was important to her. She was a member Bethel Church. During that time, she was heavily involved in Music Ministry.

      Darla was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. She had two Chihuahua dogs, Sweet Pea and Oreo, and her family was rounded out by her one cat, Sadie.

      Darla went home to be with the Lord on July 7, 2018 at her home. Darla fought a brave battle against Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. She is survived by her husband, Jody Heckathorn; her sons, Chase Heckathorn and his wife Megan, and Ace Heckathorn; her daughter, Chelsea Wierwille and her husband Michael; her grandson, Tyler Wierwille; her father, John Abbey; her mother, Linda Abbey; her sister, Amy Seavey and her husband Christopher; her brother Aaron Abbey and his wife Brittany; two nephews, Elijah Seavey and Benjamin Abbey; and one niece, Hannah Seavey. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Killeen, Texas. Darla was laid to rest in Killeen City Cemetery.

      Simply stated, Darla was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, the life of the party and someone who was a vital part of their lives. Darla leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Darla Denice Heckathorn.