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AKIN — Donald Darnell, Ph.D., 87, passed away at 6:32 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born Feb. 7, 1930, to Carl Felix and Dana Marguerite (Marquis) Darnell in Macedonia.

Donald was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired as a professor of education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. On July 20, 1992, he married Thi Nguyen. Donald and Thi resided in Akin.

Donald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, writing cards and poetry. Donald performed and traveled as Spinner the Clown.

He was a member of Akin Baptist Church.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Thi; children, Nhu Ta - Chante Trinh and Tri Ta - Thuy-Anh Trinh; grandchildren, Robert Trinh, Valerie Trinh, Natalie Trinh, Jessica Ta, Vanessa Ta; and two brothers, Phillip R. Darnell and Jimmy M. Darnell. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Felix and Dana Marguerite Darnell; sisters, Edna Marguerite Williams and Lois Mae Long; brothers, Carl Dean Darnell, Mark Alan Darnell, Jesse Commordore Darnell, William Eugene Darnell; and twin brother, Ronald Darnell.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., in Benton.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23, at Pate Funeral Home, Benton.

Services will follow the visitation at noon Saturday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home, with Br. Howard Johnson officiating. Burial will follow services at Brady Cemetery in Akin, with military rites performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the National Guard Honors Team.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

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