Donald Ray "Donny" Darden

October 4, 1954February 15, 2021

Donald Ray “Donny” Darden, 66, of Deport, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021, at his home. Private burial will be made in Highland Cemetery at Deport on Thursday. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled a private memorial service for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18th at the First United Methodist Church in Deport with Rev. Nancy Hutchens Russell & Rev. Debra May officiating. The service will be live streamed on the Facebook page of First United Methodist Church in Deport. (FUMC Deport) The family asked that those attending via Facebook leave a message for the family. Donny, the son of Jimmy David Darden & Betty Jean Burson Darden, was born Oct. 4, 1954, in El Dorado, Arkansas.He graduated from Carter High School in Dallas. Donny attended Grayson County Junior College on a baseball scholarship. He then attended East Texas State University. He worked with Sparks Metal for thirteen years followed by a thirty-year career with McElroy Metal/Metal Mart. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Deport. Donny was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Dusty Darden, a brother, Jim Darden, and his father-in-law, J. A. Sparks. Survivors include his wife, Dawne Sparks Darden, whom he married on Nov. 26, 1976, building 44 years of family and memories, a son, David J. Darden of Longview, his mother-in-law, Juanita Sparks of Deport, and a chosen granddaughter, Cayci Collins of Deport along with a plethora of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in Deport, 177 Pecan St., Deport, TX 75435 or The American Diabetes Association, 12850 Spurling Rd., Dallas, TX 75230.


  • Private Memorial Service

    Thursday, February 18, 2021


Donald Ray "Donny" Darden

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Amanda Norman

February 18, 2021

Miss Dawne and Miss Juanita,

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Donny's passing. He's up there with Bocky and my daddy having a great time. May God keep his arms around you both during this time. I love you both.


Nanalee Nichols

February 18, 2021

Remembering a decent, kind and caring man. Perhaps his sense of humor was the best thing about him though. He had the ability to light up a room.
His family was absolutely the most important thing in his life.
Prayers that so many wonderful memories will help you through these tough times.
Love and prayers.
Nanalee and Thomas

Martha Hickman

February 17, 2021

You family members are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of parting. My first thought was how I enjoyed Darden-Sparks Store, and I still have some items from there and often use the wonderful grape juice, coffee syrup tea recipe from an open house I attended. May you be comforted.

Earl Burson

February 17, 2021

I remember my sweet little nephew Donny and what mischief we created and fun we had. He grew to be a good husband and father, loving son to his mother, and a dedicated hard worker .