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Clyde Theodore Darnell, 83, of Danville transitioned from this life at 9 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born October 29, 1933, in Alton, Ill., to Samuel Darnell Sr. and Hiawatha Jessie Jackson-Darnell. His second parents were Ernest Edward Sorrell and Roxie Mary Lee Bailey-Sorrell.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Andrew Leo, Samuel Jr., Willie Bernard and Joseph Edward; his second brother and sister, Edward Elisha Sorrell and Clara Elisabeth Sorrell-Reynolds; his parents, Samuel and Hiawatha Darnell; and second parents, Ernest and Roxie Sorrell.
He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Corrine Sorrell-Darnell; sister, Loretta Marie Darnell of Danville; brother, John Lester Darnell of Kansas City, Kan.; all of his children; many nieces and nephews; and a treasure trove of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Clyde was married and preceded in death by Dorothy Butler. From that union was born Linda (Lee) Cook of Tampa, Jerry (Yolanda) Darnell of Louisville, Ky., Larry Darnell of Tampa, Terrye (Queen) Darnell of Tampa, Clyde Jr. (Sylvia) Darnell of Aberdeen, N.J., Oscar (Margaret) Darnell of Houston, Texas.
Clyde married Ernestine Corrine Sorrell and from that union is Jeffrey Scott (Guadalupe) Darnell of Denver, Colo., Stori Lynn Darnell of Danville, Corey Wayne Darnell of New York, N.Y.
Clyde attended Douglas Grade School, Danville High School and Danville Area Community College.
He coached Little League football and basketball for the Danville Saints Holy Family (St. Patrick), St. Paul's and St. Mary's Catholic schools. Clyde also officiated basketball for the Danville industrial teams.
Clyde retired from NACCO/Hyster after 38 years of service. He also was previously employed by the City of Danville Peer Court, AMBUC's Park as a monitor, and Chanute Air Force Base. He served in the United States Air Force and Reserves where he was stationed in the U.S. and England.
Clyde had an exceptional love for people of all cultural diversities. He was a mighty man of God and his lifestyle was representative of that love for God and man.
Clyde had two special friends, Paul Sermersherm of Danville and Lest Young of Cissna Park, Ill., whom he loved dearly.
He and Ernestine attended Life Church Danville where he will be prominently missed.
"Take your rest my beloved. You deserve it as much as anyone I've ever known."
A Celebration of Life will commence at noon Friday, October 20, at Life Church, 2105 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the start of the service. A public viewing will be 1-5 p.m. Thursday, October 19, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., Danville. Officiating: Pastor Doug Knapp. Interment: Danville National Cemetery.
Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on October 16, 2017
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