Franklin Eugene Darling(April 2, 1933 - March 8, 2014)

MT. STERLING - Franklin Eugene Darling went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Rockledge, Florida.
Born on April 2, 1933 in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, to Edward and Winifred (Pyle) Darling who preceded him in death.
He graduated from Mt. Sterling High School and the University of Dayton with a degree in business.
Frank served in the U.S. Navy.
On Nov. 21, 1954, he married his sweetheart, Patsy Adeline Dunn.
He worked as a tree landscaper for 55 years, owned and operated Darling's Nursery for 37 years, and retired in 2008.
He enjoyed going to Florida with his wife for the winters. He was an avid OSU Buckeye fan and loved wearing scarlet and gray. Franklin enjoyed spending time with his family and the Lord.
Franklin is preceded in death by his brothers, Harold Darling and Ronald Darling; and sisters, Thelma Andrix, Dorothy Briggs, and Opal Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Dunn Darling; four daughters, Pamela (Gary) Aleshire of Huntsville, Ohio, Ima (John) Armistead of Fort Myers, Florida, Cheri Darling of Largo, Florida and Rebecca Baxter of Dublin, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Trina (Shawn) White of Bakersfield, California, Mindy (Mark) Holbrook of Columbus, Ohio, Tony Franklin McDaniel of Largo, Florida, Jesse Jones of Washington Court House, Ohio, Jaclyn (Travis) Hayden of Louisville, Kentucky, Jonathan Franklin Armistead of Fort Myers, Florida, Madison Baxter of Dublin, Ohio and Alison Baxter of Dublin, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, storytelling, and his love of life. But most of all, he will be remembered for the LOVE and PRIDE he had for his family.
Relatives and friends are welcome for services at PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 331 W. Main St., Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 17, and funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Pastors Dortha Ross and Michael O'Day (nephew) will be officiating. Franklin will be buried at Pleasant Cemetery in Mt. Sterling, Ohio with military honors for the Navy veteran.
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Published in The Madison Press on Mar. 13, 2014