Dave Darnell

October 7, 1965July 28, 2020

Mr. Joseph David Darnell, age 54 of Locust Grove, loving husband of 23 years to Cheryl Batchelder Darnell. Dave enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons: Nicholas Michael Vaughn of Peachtree City, Myles David Vaughn of Gainsville, Seth Jackson Darnell of Locust Grove, and Noah William Darnell of Locust Grove; grandson: Ethan; mother: Brenda Farmer Darnell sister: Shanna (Robert) Wagner of Texas; step-brother; Todd (Laura) Darnell of Dalton; three nephews and five nieces. He was predeceased by his beloved son: Bayne Darnell Vaughn and father: Walter Darnell. A private memorial service will be held in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00AM.

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  • Private Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


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Kim Emerson

August 5, 2020

Dave and I worked together by phone the last couple of years. His company purchased our loan servicing software and I worked with Dave to get his loans into the system. I didn't even know what he looked like, but I always enjoyed talking with him. He was so calm and polite and so very, very nice. Whenever I saw his number on my caller ID I didn't hesitate to answer. He was exceptional in understanding his work, especially loan servicing. I will miss his calming effect in my otherwise hectic day.

Janice Richter

August 3, 2020

Dave was a pleasure to work with at Metro Alloys and all of us here are heartbroken to learn of his passing. May the wonderful memories you all have help to ease your pain during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Gigi Mihalik

August 1, 2020

My heart is so broken. I am praying for the entire family. I know he fought the good fight . I also know he is with people who love him now. He is one of the kindest, sweetest man I will probably ever know. He was such a gentlemen. I am sorry for your loss and know he will be missed by everyone.

Love Always,

Charlotte Darnell

August 1, 2020

Brenda, Cheryl and family, my heart is broken for all of you. Dave was the sweetest and kindest young man and always said I love you Aunt Charlotte every time I saw him. He had the sweetest spirit and smile. I am praying for all of you and praying God gives you His strength and peace in the days to come. I love all of you and I will be watching the service on Facebook due to this virus.


July 31, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Dave's passing. He was a great guy. I know that his sons, entire family and friends are grieving. I have wonderful memories of Dave at West Georgia. Dave was a true friend and Sigma Nu fraternity brother. Rest in peace Dave.

Vickie Burch

July 31, 2020

Dave was a kind man, always loving to his family, boys and Cheryl. J.R. and I will miss his joking and especially his laugh. He had a distinctive laugh that was contagious. Always smiling! We will miss that big smile, laugh and jokes. Please know that you and his sons will be in our prayers. He's really smiling and having a great time now in Heaven isn't he?

Cathy Massey

July 30, 2020

The world needs more men like you, Dave. We will miss your sense of humor so much. Rest easy. We love you.

Todd Darnell

July 29, 2020

Love you brother. Words cannot express the heartbreak I have. Thank you for being there and being a role model for me. You are awesome.