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John Robert DarseyAugust 22, 1928 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 89)
John Robert Darsey passed away on October 7, 2017. He was born in Thomasville, Georgia to Cora Pound and Robert Martin Darsey on August 22, 1928. At the age of two, his family moved to Amsterdam, Georgia where he lived until coming to Florida. He graduated from Attapulgus High School and attended Presbyterian College for a year before joining the Army. He was sent to Japan and arrived there on Christmas Day 1946.
In 1948, he returned to the States and enrolled in Florida State University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Business. He met his future wife there, Anne Wynn Sharp, and they were married on October 20, 1951. After a year in Tampa with an insurance company, he came to Bradenton and began his career with Florida Power and Light Company. He worked there for 36 years and retired as Western Division Personnel Manager in 1988.
Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 65 years, serving on the Board of Stewards and Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the 1999 restoration of our historical church.
Other community organizations he served included the Bradenton Jaycees and the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, where he served on the Board of Directors and Chairman of Youth Services, which built the dining hall at Camp Flying Eagle Boy Scout Camp. He was a member of the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, serving on the Board and also on the Crewe for several years. Bob enjoyed his membership at the Bradenton Country Club for 50 years and served as a Board Member several times.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 11th. Celebration of Life Service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, October 12th at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. There will be a private graveside service for the family.
Bob is predeceased by his parents and a sister, Margaret Humphrey, and his wife's parents, Henry and Elizabeth Sharp, who loved him like a son. He was a loving, caring husband, proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a good man.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Wynn Darsey; son, David of Orlando; daughters Karen Boyes of Bradenton and Wynn Maclaren of Tampa; six grandchildren, Stephen, Emily, Darsey, Alyssa, Andrew and Gregory; and seven great-grandchildren. Survivors also include sister-in-law Betty Jane Elliott and her husband Jim and brother-in-law Henry Sharp, Jr.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob's memory to the First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.
First United Methodist Church- Bradenton
603 11th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205