LONGVIEW — Please join the family for visitation for Doyle Leon "Bud" Darden, 79, 6-8 p.m. today, June 27, 2013, at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at East Mountain Baptist Church, East Mountain Road.
Mr. Darden was born October 31, 1933, in Overton, Texas, to the late Freeman Darden and Nellie C. Darden. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Horace, Carl, and Charley, and a son, Doug Darden. Mr. Darden graduated from Leverettes Chapel High School in 1952, where he remained an active alumnus. He served in the U.S. Army
during the Korean conflict
Mr. Darden was a 32nd degree Mason and a dedicated member of East Mountain Baptist Church since 1970. Bud enjoyed traveling and square dancing and telling jokes. Nothing made him happier than exploring the country in an RV surrounded by good friends and having them laugh at one of his entertaining stories or jokes.
Mr. Darden made his home in White Oak, Texas. He died quietly at home Monday, June 24, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mellye Densman Darden; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jimmy and Gina Hasley, Mickey and Leigh Ann Bryce and Jon and Dee Laine Harshaw; grandchildren, Danny, Katie, Justin Darden, Ginger Hasley Davis, Jeremy, Jaron, Joel Hasley, Hanna Bryce Hannes, Bekah Bryce Bauman, Leah Bryce and Holly Harshaw; and great-grandchildren, Haylee Blankenship and Thomas Davis.