Jim Darby of Brunswick died Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Hospice of the Golden Isles after a prolonged illness.
Jim was born to Lee and Elaine Darby in Rome, Georgia, on July 10, 1946. He grew up close to his paternal grandparents, R.F. and Bessie Darby, and his maternal grandparents, Jim and Dessie Henson, and always happily remembered time spent with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Bartow and Gordon counties.
Jim graduated from Model High School in Shannon in 1964, from Shorter College in 1968, and later completed graduate work at the University of Georgia and Atlanta University. Also in 1968, Jim married Rose Marie McDonald of Silver Creek. They completed their family with the births of daughters Jennifer in 1970 and Margaret in 1975.
Jim taught for two years each at Calhoun High School and Pepperell High School. In 1973 Jim began working at Tri-County Regional Library in Rome. After working as associate director at Tri-County, Jim was hired as the director of the Brunswick-Glynn County Regional Library System in 1979, and he served in that capacity until his retirement in 2005.
During Jim’s tenure as director he oversaw the renovation of the regional library headquarters in Brunswick, construction of branch libraries in each of the region’s seven counties, and the establishment of a branch library in the Hog Hammock community of his beloved Sapelo Island.
Jim relished retirement as time to pursue being an elder at St. Simons Christian Renewal Church and loving Papa to Elizabeth Speight (born 2002) and Wyatt Wilson (born 2004). Jim loved teaching, fast cars, beautiful landscapes, cats, books, setting disarray to right order, his work, his church, his family, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will be missed.
A memorial service for Jim will be held at R. Dudley & Son Funeral Home (131 Summer Street, Adairsville, GA 30103) on Saturday, January 14, with visitation beginning at 1:00pm and the service beginning at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jim’s memory to the St. Simons Christian Renewal Church or Hospice of the Golden Isles.
R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Mr. Jim Darby.