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J.B. Darland

J.B. Darland, 70, of Burkburnett, died Sunday, July 28, in Wichita Falls.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Burkburnett with Rev. Bill Liggett and Rev. Lamoin Champ officiating. Interment will follow at Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.

Darland was born July 25, 1943, in Freer to J.B. and Nadine Darland. He graduated from Electra High School in 1962 and earned his bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1972. He served his country in the Army for two years.

He began his career coaching in Burkburnett as assistant football coach and head track coach, and later coached at Zundy Junior High School in Wichita Falls. He was unable to continue coaching due to an injury and taught at Holland Center in Wichita Falls.

He loved to play golf and worked at River Creek Golf Course in the summers for over 20 years. He enjoyed playing golf, singing and performing in the local theater. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Burkburnett for 40 years where he sang in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ted Darland, and brothers-in-law, Gene Marshall Lee Potts, and Sebern Whisnand.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Anne; two daughters, Kelli Mills of Fort Worth and Kristi Milstead of Wichita Falls; five grandchildren; one brother, Bill Darland of Burkburnett; three sisters, Fran Potts of Burkburnett, Bobbie Marshall of Mansfield, and Peggy Whisnand of Iowa Park.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310.

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