Carlton J. Darden

Sunrise: February 14, 1974

Sunset: April 24, 2020

Carlton James Darden, affectionately known by most as “Butch”, departed this life on Friday, April 24, 2020 at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Carlton, son of Janice Arlene Darden and Vernon Lee Darden, was born on February 14, 1974.  He was the oldest of three children and the only cherished son.

Carlton was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System and was a member of the Woodrow Wilson High School graduating class of 1992.  He went on to further his education at Tidewater Community College before completing his trade work in brick masonry.  He worked in the field of masonry until his death.

Carlton married his high school sweetheart, Taraja Darden and from that union three children were born.  Carlton was preceded in death by a daughter, Devorya S. Darden.  He leaves loving memories to his wife; two children, Carlton C. Darden and Nybora R. Darden; two grandchildren, Imoni Swinton and Legend J. Charles.

He is also survived by his parents, Vernon and Janice Darden; two sisters, Lakeshia Caine (Michael) and Shannon Cherry (Almane); two sisters-in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

God gave us a legend that will forever live in our hearts.  Carlton you will be greatly missed.

Viewing Sunday, May 3, 2020 12:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, May 4, 2020 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    bonita sherrell says

    my dear brother, the family is hurting so bad, words can express the feelings but not the physical. I can go on and on but it will not bring you back to us. God has call you home to use you skills in heaven to build mansions in heaven, and to pave the streets of gold. Rest my dear brother for the GLORY of GOD, Rest in the place that GOD has already prepared for you. you didn’t complain about nothing, go on and run that race to see GODs face.. LOVE YOU BUTCH.. your sister Bonita (bones)..

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    Your Sister in Christ; Carolyn R. Williams says

    I can only offer my heart felt condolences to you, Janice and the family. There are no words of consolation I can find to give a mother for the loss of a child. Hold to your faith because only God can bring you comfort as he heals your heart.

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      Davette Holliday says

      Thoughts and prayers of peace, strength, and comfort going up for you during this difficult time.
      Love you always,
      DaVette and David Holliday

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    Cheryll Trower says

    I send my condolences and prayers to the family.

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    Pauline McCowan says

    So sorry for your lost,Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

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    Antoine Smith and family says

    My prayers and condolences go out to you all during your time of bereavement. I know Butch will definitely be missed by many.

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    Valenté Frazier and the Frazier Family says

    Rest In Peace, Brother Butch. Thank you for the fond memories and laughter you brought to our saxophone sections at both Harry Hunt and Wilson. My sincerest condolences, love and prayers to the Darden Family. May God bless you and keep you always.

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    Vernell Robertson says

    To my Brother in law we are going to really miss the fun times we had especially Thanksgiving.God makes no mistakes.You are in a better place.missing you your favorite siserin law Vernell

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    Ethelyn Whitehead Holley says

    My deepest condolences to your family on the passing of your love one. Vernon and Janice even though I could not be there I was with you in spirit. It is not easy to lose a love one but to lose a child it has to be harder. Just ask the Saviour to help you. Ask him to comfort, strengthen and keep you. He will carry you through. Hold on to your faith and to each other. God bless each of you.

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