Obituary of Verta Mae Darrett
Verta Mae Darrett, age 68, of Magnolia died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at home in Magnolia. Verta was born August 25, 1950 in Magnolia, AR. She is the daughter of the late Willie Lee and the late Vernell (Foster) Ellis. She married Jerry Darrett on January 24, 1970. She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry Darrett on August 29, 2010.
Verta supported her husband not only in raising their children but also in the family businesses, Darrett and Tatum Taxi Service and Darrett & Sons Lawn Care and Janitorial Service. She provided janitorial services to 1st Presbyterian and New Zion Missionary Baptist Churches until she retired.
Verta was a kind, soft-spoken woman whose gentle and generous ways will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She was a willing and able Usher, active in her church, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. W.C. Tims. She served in leadership roles in her home church as well as on the District Usher Board. Her banana pudding and tea cakes were an anticipated treat at family gatherings.
She is survived by three daughters: Jerrie Lynn Darrett, Magnolia, Demetrice (Christopher) Randle of Camden, AR and Julia (John) Smith, Magnolia and three sons: Reginald (Barbara) Morris of Hope, AR, James (LaToya) Darrett of Clarksville, TN and Michael Darrett, Magnolia; a great host of beloved grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; two sisters: Selma (Wortham) Hall of Stone Mountain, GA and Ida Rankin, and one brother: Richard Ellis, both of Magnolia.
Verta was predeceased by her brother, Willie Joe Ellis.
The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, March 23 at A.C. Henderson Memorial Chapel, 614 Calhoun Rd., Magnolia, AR with Dr. James Darrett officiating. Burial will follow in New Bethel/St. John Cemetery, Magnolia under the direction of Henderson Funeral Service.
Calling hours will be Friday, March 22 from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at Henderson's Mortuary, Inc., 614 Calhoun Road, Magnolia, AR, 71753. Online guestbook available at www.hendersonsmortuary.com.