Heritage Chapel Funeral Home

5200 Old Birmingham Hwy, Tuscaloosa, AL


James Lee Darnell

September 18, 1940July 16, 2020

James Lee Darnell

TUSCALOOSA - James Lee Darnell of Tuscaloosa, Ala., passed July 16, 2020. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2020, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and wife, Jane Darnell.

Survivors include his children: Robin Darnell Pierluisi, husband Guillermo; Scott Darnell, wife Trudy, daughter Stephany, Beth; David Darnell, wife Kristin, son Connor; Ann Darnell Leach, Bill, sons Clay and Tyler.

Mr. Darnell was married for 31 years. He was a member of the Tuscaloosa Police Force for 25 years. He worked patrol, juvenile, narcotics, special assignments from local and state police; retired as a Sergeant. He was also a medic at the VA. He enjoyed NASCAR and was a racecar driver, but decided to become a police officer in lieu of a professional career. He loved Alabama football fanatically and had no problem yelling “Roll Tide” at any moment. He preferred the mountains to the beach, reading, hunting and fishing, and of course, cars.

Condolences may be offered at www.HeritageChapelTuscaloosa.com.


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Gene and Kathy Bytf

July 23, 2020

Gene and I send our condolences to the Darnell "kids" for the loss of their father. It was 45 years ago that we met the family as next-door neighbors. We loved watching them grow up, achieve, and have their own families. The family was close-knit, and we know that Jimmy was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

Judy Riggle

July 19, 2020

Robin and G, Frank and I are so sorry for our loss. Hugs to you and your family from Florida. It is so hard to lose a parent, especially your last one. Love you guys,

Deborah (Debbie Kelley Knight

July 19, 2020

To the Sweet Children of Jimmy Darnell,
So sorry to hear about your dad passing, my mom enjoyed visiting with him over the years and he was very kind to her. All of you have a special place in my heart and I've thought of you often over the years. I always loved hearing about your life through the bits and pieces that my mom would hear from your dad.
I have lots of good memories of when you were small children. I loved getting to love on you and because of you it made me a better Mom and Grandmother to my children. Praying for God to give you peace and comfort during this time. Love, Debbie

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