JOANN MARTIN DARNELL, 78, of Darnell Mt. Rd., in Ripplemead, departed this life Sunday morning, October 16, 2016, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke after a long illness. Born in Pembroke on August 1, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Vivian Albert Martin and Vivian Merrix Martin Collins and step-daughter of the late John Collins. She was a graduate of Pembroke High School, a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, and a homemaker working hard to care for a very large family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons Steven Darnell and Scott Darnell, her grandson Christopher Darnell, her sister Irma Eppling and her brother Bobby Martin.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Virgil C. Darnell; her sons and daughters-in-law Darrell Darnell (Lynn) of Ripplemead, Danny Darnell of Ripplemead, Ronnie Darnell (Jennifer) of Ripplemead, Monte Darnell (Darlene) of Ripplemead; her daughters and sons-in-law Tena Dennis (Mason) of Ripplemead and Judy Clark (Larry) of Pearisburg; her thirteen grandchildren; her twelve great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law Donna Darnell of Ripplemead; her brothers John “Pete” Collins of Pembroke and Billy Collins (Shelby) of Goldbond; her sisters Jean Ratcliff (Larry) of Pembroke, Charlene McCroskey (James) of Goldbond, Rose Darnell (Larry) of Waiteville, WV.
Memorial services will be conducted Thursday evening at 7:00pm in Riverview Baptist Church, Ripplemead with Pastor Shahn Wilburn and Rev. Johnny Carter officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the services. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.