OBITUARY: James Thomas Darks


James Thomas Darks, age 79, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023 at Skyline Medical Center.

Mr. Darks was born November 11, 1944 in Davidson County, to the late Dallas and Pearl Barnhill Darks.

He was a truck driver, a member of the teamsters’ union and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Darks was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Wayne Darks.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Bridges Darks; son, Jason Travis Darks; daughters, Amy Darks Potter and Jamie (Kaleb) Stratton; 7 grandchildren, Kayla (Sean) Harrell, Elijah Potter, Hannah Potter, Evan Potter, Joey Darks, Kaden Stratton, and Keelan Stratton; and 1 great-grandchild, Charley Harrell.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm Thursday, November 30th in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Steve Freeman officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Jerry Darks, Jr., Evan Potter, Elijah Potter, Joey Darks, Kaleb Stratton, and Sean Harrell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Kaden Stratton.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm Wednesday, November 29th and again from 11 am until time of the service at 1 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.


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