Virgil M. Darnall
Virgil M. Darnall
  • January 10, 1923 - October 5, 2017
  • Ballwin, Missouri

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The Life of Virgil Darnall

1/10/1923 to /2017

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. — Matthew 25:40

Virgil Darnall passed away on October 5, 2017 at the age of 94 from Congestive Heart Failure. Virgil was a long-time resident of Kansas City, MO. His memorial service will be held on October 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm at White Chapel Funeral Home in Gladstone, MO.

Virgil was born on January 10, 1923, the only child of William Isaac and Annie Lee Darnall (Tinder). He is the last male of his branch of a prominent family that traces its lineage in this country back to the 17th century on the first voyage of the Ark and the Dove settling in Southern Maryland. His family's estate, named "His Lordships Kindness", is a historical site in Maryland with the original home still standing along with its clandestine chapel the family used for Catholic Masses. At that time, the Church of England punished followers of Roman Catholicism making it dangerous for them to openly worship. His ancestors' portraits are displayed in the Maryland History Museum. His family's notable contributions to American History include the founding of Georgetown University, as well as the cities of San Diego, and Platte City.

Virgil is predeceased by his wife, Betty Ann Darnall (Youtsey). He is survived by his daughter, Joy Waddell, two granddaughters, Gretchen Waddell Barwick and Kristen Waddell, and a great granddaughter, Betty Waddell Barwick.

Virgil's life was one of labor and service. He proudly worked for Charlie Williams Wheel Alignment for more than forty years. In service to others, Virgil volunteered his time and handyman talents to those who were sick or injured in his neighborhood, family, or church family. He never sought accolades for his service—serving humbly and cheerfully.

Virgil's two great passions were gardening and cars. He did all the maintenance and repairs on all of his cars. His best acquisition was a 1962 Ford Falcon he inherited from his cousin. The car remains in the family and is still fully operational.

In some years, the term “gardening” may have been an understatement. “Farming” may have been more appropriate. In one year, Virgil planted 144 tomato plants, plus dozens of peppers, green beans, onions and potatoes. He and Betty canned their own vegetables for years.

As a child of the Great Depression, Virgil valued frugality and the virtues of saving for a rainy day. To put it fairly, Virgil was eco-friendly before eco-friendly was cool. Virgil composted lawn and kitchen waste long before it became fashionable. He simply saw it as efficient and economical. He hated waste in any form. What he could not reuse, he recycled.

At the end of Virgil's life, two stories could be said to sum up his character. In his last hospital stay, at Mercy Heart Hospital, he wavered between delusion and reality. While his daughter sat by his bed, he received a visitor, a Catholic Nun in her 90's named Sister Theresa. Sister Theresa had visited with Virgil during two previous stays and they were well acquainted. Virgil turned to his daughter and said, “I got visitors. Sis is here, so you can go now.”

After Virgil returned home, Hospice had arranged his room so that he would be comfortable as he spent his last days in the company of his family as he wished. The Hospice Chaplain came to visit him and provide an uplifting message of faith. At the end, he asked Virgil if there were any hymns he would like to sing with him. Virgil immediately began to sing Jesus Loves Me. That timeless children's hymn pretty much said it all.

Rest In Peace, Virgil.

Memorial service 2:00pm Sat Oct 14, 2017, White Chapel Funeral Home, Gladstone, MO.