Funeral services for O. D. Darrington, 95, of Chickasha, will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in New Hope Baptist Church with Reverend Al Walters officiating and Reverend Morris Blakes, Reverend Amiel Fletcher, and Reverend LeRon West assisting.img594 (2)

O. D. Darrington was born August 27, 1919 in Blanchard, Oklahoma to Charles Walter Darrington and Chrissie (Goldsmith) Darrington. He passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

O. D. grew up in Blanchard, attending and graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Purcell. He then attended Idaho State College in Pocatello, Idaho.

O. D. and Alene Hudson were united in marriage on May 10, 1942 in Purcell, Oklahoma. They were married for 52 years, until her death.

He served in the United States Army during World War II from October 1942 until October 1945. During his military service he was decorated with a Good Conduct Medal, EAME Service Ribbon, and One Silver Service Star.

O. D. spent his life as an auto mechanic and body repairman. He spent many happy years as an employee of R & M Body Shop, where he developed lifelong friendships. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a member of a Fin and Feather Club. He also loved to plant and care for vegetable gardens.

He was ordained as a deacon with New Hope Baptist Church on January 21, 1962, where he served faithfully until his health prohibited it.  With laughter, patience, and love, he was a servant, mentor and counselor to many. He was proud of his children, but especially his grandchildren. One of his closest friends and loved ones was his beloved sister, Vera Bowens, with whom he daily savored the joys of laughter and the fellowship of family.

O. D. was preceded in death by his parents, Chrissie and Charles Darrington; son James Walter Darrington; wife, Alene Darrington; brothers, Woodrow, Leo, and Stanley; and sisters, Carrie and Delores.

Survivors include his sister, Vera Bowens of Oklahoma City; sons, Henry Darrington and wife, Aline, and Richard Darrington and wife, Patti, all of Bastrop, Texas; daughters, Chrisalene Hayes and husband, Roland of Austin, Texas, Nina Jones and husband, Phillip (deceased) of Tulsa, and Crystal Ramirez; thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren; as well as many other extended family and friends.

Interment will be in Purcell’s Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.