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James Mckinley Darden, Jr.

September 23, 1941 – September 15, 2023


Friday, September 22, 2023

Masonic Ceremony: 10:00 A.M.

Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.

Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Held at

Believers Faith Fellowship

2011 South Canon Blvd

Shelbyville, Tennessee



Fairfield Cemetery

Shelbyville, Tennessee

James McKinley (Squirt) Darden Jr. was born in Clarksville, TN on September 23, 1941, to the late James McKinley and Dorothy Alma Darden. He was the first born of his siblings.

James attended public school in Clarksville and graduated from Burt High School where he played football. He sang in the Glee Club and organized his first group called The Blenders.

He accepted Christ at an early age at Ebenezer AME Church.  Later, he moved to Shelbyville where he joined Woodfork AME Church.  He was a member of the Masons, Rosenwald and a football coach at Liberty.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lue Darden; daughter, Shawanda Ann Darden; sister, Eleanon Washington; and brother, Clifford Warren Darden.

James is survived by one son, Malcolm Cornelius Darden; one daughter, Janeek Robinson; a devoted grandson, Taurian (Tiffany) Darden; granddaughter, Alika Darden; devoted nephew, Joseph Maxwell; devoted niece, Toleda Johnson (Bably); sisters, Yvonne (James) Metcalfe and Amaryllis (Samual) McDonald; brother, Kenneth Wayne Darden; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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