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James Maury Darden

February 15, 1963 - November 8, 2021

James Maury Darden went to be with His Lord and Savior Monday November 8th, 2021, at the age of 58.

Maury (as he was known by) was born in Wilmington, NC on February 15th, 1963, to the late Carlton Neil Darden Sr and Annie Ruth Moore Darden. He was also proceeded in death by his brother Clarence Dwayne Stoneking. He is survived by his three children, whom he was so proud of, Rachel Sharon Darden, Kevin Bradley Darden (Elizabeth), and Deanna Lindsay Darden. He is also survived by his brother Carlton Neil Darden Jr and two sisters Beth Autry Darden and Shirley Darden Fearing (Rick). He had three nephews and two nieces who he loved like they were his own: Amanda Autry Carr (John), Allen Autry, Heather Autry Stancil, Landon Fearing, and Caleb Fearing. He also had two great-nieces: Alyssa Morrison and Kendall Stancil. Maury welcomed his first grandbaby on November 6th, 2021, a beautiful baby girl Anna Bradley Darden.

Maury loved sports: football, Nascar, baseball, and most of all basketball. He always enjoyed watching Clemson football on Saturdays, the Dallas Cowboys play on Sundays, and then turning on the race to see who was in the lead. His favorite game days though were the ones where Duke and UNC played against each other, especially in March Madness. His favorite sport to watch the most however was any game his son Kevin played. You could bet that he was always going to be on the sidelines cheering and coaching him to victory, and always coaching the loudest.
Maury will be remembered for his love of sports, Elvis, his children, and never-ending ability to make people laugh. He was always the life of the party and commanded a room the second he walked through the door. His energy and love for life will be truly missed.

A visitation will be Saturday November 13th, 2021, at 1pm at Coastal Community Baptist Church on 7721 Alexander Rd, Wilmington, NC, with the funeral to follow at 2pm. Flowers and donations can be sent to Coastal Community Baptist Church.

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