Paul B. Darnell of Harrison, AR, passed away Friday morning, March 8, 2019, at his home surrounded by family. Paul was born Aug. 1, 1929, to Joseph Berton and Iva Fyrne Darnell in El Dorado Springs.
After graduating from Central College in Fayette in 1951, he spent three years in the United States Coast Guard where he had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world. Paul married Sally Lyons of Nevada on Feb. 12, 1955, and started his career with the Bendix Corporation (now Honeywell) in Kansas City where he worked for 35 years. They were blessed with two children.
Paul enjoyed bowling, playing tennis, pool and golf and managing 3&2 baseball teams for several years. Music was his passion. He played the saxophone in big bands and in a small combo all around Kansas City. Paul is a past Shriner’s band director and a member of the Masons. He served one term on the Raytown City Council.
After Paul retired in 1990, he and Sally moved to his home town of El Dorado Springs and stayed there for 17 years. He played lots of golf and had a big band radio show on the local radio station KSEM every other week. He did some radio sportscasting for local high school teams. He and Sally spent several winters in Florida, Arizona and South Texas, enjoying the warm weather and meeting new friends. After moving to Harrison, AR, in 2007, he spent 10 years playing golf several days a week and meeting a great group of golfers at the Harrison Country Club. He enjoyed the friendships of neighbors in their community and attended services at CrossRoads Community Church.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sally; two children and their spouses, Paula Darnell, and Tom Walters, and Jeff and Lois Darnell; two grandchildren, Cory and Adrianne Beddow and Chris and Stefanie Beddow; three great-grandchildren, Grant, Oakley and Ethan Beddow; two sisters, Elenora and Fred Staab and Beverly Darnell, and was preceded in death by one brother, James Bernie Darnell.
There will be a private celebration of life memorial service at a later date. Donations may be made to Kansas University Medical Center Cancer Research.
To sign the guestbook and view the video memorial, please go to ww.rollerfuneralhomes.com/harrison.