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James E. Darden

HAMPTON — James E. Darden, 99, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at his home in Hampton, Virginia.

He began his journey on March 5, 1921, in Nansemond County, now Franklin, Virginia. He was the youngest child of 14 children born to Naomi Milteer and Thomas Darden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and all of his siblings.

He is survived by one daughter, Désirée Amelia.

He worked at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock during World War II and at the Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco Board of Virginia, where he retired as the manager of his district, starting as a clerk on Jefferson Avenue, east end.

He partnered with Porter’s Cabs in Newport News as an owner-operator for 40 years. Although he did stop driving, he didn’t officially retire from Porter’s until the age of 93.

He loved the Lord, crabbing, fishing, big water, gardening, pinochle and bridge parties, traveling, cooking, helping, always helping and exploring new restaurants. Dinner companions can attest to his love for raw oysters, clams, and mussels. He visited all 50 of the United States and over 25 countries overseas.

A viewing was held on Thursday, July 30, at Third Baptist Church, Hampton, from 4 to 6 p.m. All COVID-19 restrictions were met. A graveside service was held on Friday, July 31, at 11:30 a.m., in Hampton Memorial Gardens, Hampton

Arrangements entrusted to Forrest Brothers Funeral Home in Hudgins, Virginia.