Phyllis Rosalee Davis Darnell

May 6, 1925June 26, 2018

Phyllis Rosalee Davis Darnell, 93, of Wichita Falls, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. A private graveside service for family only will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 PM, Friday, June 29, 2018. Arrangements are under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home. Phyllis was born on May 6, 1925 in Joplin, Missouri to Glen and Alice Whitehead Davis. Known for her beauty and elegant style, she was selected to be Little Miss Joplin, Joplin Homecoming Queen, and the Southwestern Missouri Fiesta Queen. She married Dr. D. Neil Darnell on April 26, 1944 in Norman, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death in 2000. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, where her husband was the minister of music for many years. She is survived by her daughters: Lynn Rene Hann, Janis Yellott, and Dea Darnell, all of Wichita Falls; grandchildren: John Clinton Hann III and wife Jennifer of Lafayette, Colorado, Hillarie Elizabeth Holtsnider of Louisville, Colorado, and William Alexander Yellott of Wichita Falls; 4 great-grandchildren: Jesse Christian Holtsnider, Harper Marie Hann, Georgia Rosalee Hann, and Kennedy Elizabeth Holtsnider. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association, Wounded Warriors, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • Dr. D. Neil Darnell, Husband
  • Lynn Rene Hann, Daughter
  • Janis Yellott, Daughter
  • Dea Darnell, Daughter
  • John Clinton Hann III and wife Jennifer, Grandson and wife
  • Hillarie Elizabeth Holtsnider, Granddaughter
  • William Alexander Yellott, Grandson
  • Jesse Christian Holtsnider, Great Grandchild
  • Harper Marie Mann, Great Grandchild
  • Georgia Rosalee Hann, Great Grandchild
  • Kennedy Elizabeth Holtsnider, Great Grandchild


  • Visitation Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

Phyllis Rosalee Davis Darnell

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Sarah coulson

June 29, 2018

Loved your mom Such a nice lady - always with a beautiful smile

Dori Cumminsd

June 29, 2018

I was happy to learn that Phyllis is now with Jesus and her beloved husband, Neil. I remember helping her when she came shopping for groceries at United Supermarket where I work as a sacker. She always loved getting her Coke in glass bottles. I was happy to help her get them when they were not out on the shelf. I remember visiting with Rene and Dea who were always with her. I was in the choir at West Side Baptist Church when Neil was the director there in the late 90's. Phyllis always was there giving her encouragement even though she was not in the choir. I know that Phyllis is at rest now and has completed a very long life here on earth. May you find comfort in the many Scriptures during this time in your life. May the Lord richly bless you all.