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Clara Marion Darden

August 20, 1951 — June 27, 2023

Clara Marion Darden, 71, of Sierra Drive, Suffolk, Virginia transitioned Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at her residence. She was born August 20, 1951 in Suffolk, Virginia to Marion B. Barnes and the late Henry Copeland. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband Kevin Darden, daughter, Shaherah Porter Perry, brother, Harry W. Barnes and nephew Derrick Barnes. Clara was the epitome of love. It was shown through her cooking and beautiful floral arrangements. Many people throughout the Suffolk community and beyond can attest that Clara's cooking was one of a kind! Anytime a person would visit her, Clara made sure you had some food to eat, whether you were hungry at the time or not. Clara's passion for creating floral arrangements was known to her community and she shared her passion with flowers for weddings, prom, funerals, and other occasions. Clara was a very compassionate and kind person, who freely and unselfishly gave to her family, friends, and community. She had a heart of gold and her humility was evidenced by her giving to those in need. Clara leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Angelia E. Gilchrist (Donald); her son, Brian D. Porter (Joy); mother, Marion B. Barnes; four sisters, Gloria Scott, Cynthia McCoy, Annette Barnes, and Brenda Williams; one brother, Michael Copeland; four grandchildren, Breon Porter, Brianna Porter, Walter Perry, Jr., and Derrick Perry; two great-grandchildren, LaQuan Porter and Ian Porter; two uncles, Alton Boone (Fran) and Walter Boone; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Clara also has a very special set of family and friends that was very dear to her heart. A special son whom she took in as her own, Evangelist Willie Riddick (Hope); the entire Crocker Funeral Home, Inc. staff; my mom loved herself some Mr. Cash, Mrs. Ebony, Mrs. Ash, Mr. Hill, Mr. Derik, Mr. Nat Skeeter, Mr. Algernon, and Mrs. Nita Jenkins, this family was her heart. In addition, she dearly loved Emser Tile, StoneBridge Christian School and The Government Building (As Mama calls it). She truly loved all of her family with all her heart. A special Thank You to At Home Hospice Care, The Crocker Funeral Home Staff, Mrs. Ebony Watford, Mrs. Nita Jenkins, My sister Gloria Scott, and Mr. Clarence W. Ash, III (Mr. Cash). A public viewing will be held 12 Noon - 7:00pm, Tuesday, July 4, 2023 in the Melvin J. Blowe Chapel of Crocker Funeral Home, Inc. A celebration of life will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Balm Church-East Campus. Evangelist Willie Riddick will deliver the message of comfort. Bishop A.S. Hall, Sr. Host Pastor. She will be laid to rest in Holly Lawn Cemetery. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home, Inc. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Clara Marion Darden, please visit our flower store.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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Melvin J. Blowe Chapel of Crocker Funeral Home, Inc.

900 East Washington Street
Suffolk, VA 23434

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

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