Fred Darthard, Sr. -Obituary

By  | May 2, 2019 | Filed under: Obituaries, Thompson & Son Funeral Home

Fred Darthard, Sr. of Muscle Shoals, AL passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019. After months of failing health, he left his earthly body peacefully at the Glenwood Rehabilitation Center in Florence, Alabama. His beloved wife Frances was by his side. He was 95 years old.

Fred Darthard was born on September 11, 1923 in Mount Hope, AL (Lawrence County) to Vanchie Darthard and Willie Lee White. At the age of three his mother passed away and he was reared by his maternal grandparents in a Christian home where he made his confession to Christ at a very tender age.

As a WWII Veteran he served his country with honor in the U.S. Navy and received an Honorable Discharge for his service. After he returned from the Navy, he worked at Reynolds Metal Alloy for 35 years until his retirement after which he worked as a Brick mason for many years.

Fred married Mattie Lee Hubbard and from this union four children were born; Ollie, Fred Jr, Ronald, and Linda. He was preceded in death by his first wife Mattie Darthard of 55 years; son Ronald Darthard; daughter Linda Caperton, and grandson Claude Darthard. Others
who proceed him were brothers Davis and Ulyless White; sisters, Willie Mae Jackson,
Anne Mullins, Modene McCall, and Alice Martin.

Fred was a strong patriarch to his family. He was kind gentle and soft spoken. He had an abiding love for the Lord and the Church, which was Sterling Blvd Church of Christ, where he served as an Elder until his passing.

While a member of High Street Church of Christ, Fred embarked on a missionary trip to Africa and the Dominican Republic to educate men and women to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. While there, he was able to equip them with the tools to fulfill God’s purpose by providing education in which they could glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

Fred was an avid outdoors man. He loved fishing and working in the garden where he could show off his gardening skills.

In 1999, he married Frances Phillips and inherited a son Broderick (Holly) Phillips who were great caregivers.

Fred leaves to cherish his beautiful memories a devoted wife, Frances; daughter Ollie Ray, Florence, Al; son Fred Darthard Jr.(Letitia), Detroit, MI; Daughter-in law, Rachel Darthard, Detroit, MI, and stepson Broderick(Holly) Phillips, Muscle Shoals, Al.

8 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great Grandchild. Two Sisters: Thelma Fisher, Birmingham, AL; and Mildred BeDelle (David) Manuel, Jackson, TN. Sisters-in-law Frances (Willie) Haynes, Nashville, TN and Johnnie White, Tuscumbia, AL and Brothers-in-law Rev. Dr. Harry McCall, Columbus, GA and David (Mary) King, Muscle Shoals, AL. A host of nieces, nephews, and members of High Street and Sterling Boulevard Church of Christ.

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