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4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR | 72901
700 Jefferson St.
Van Buren, AR | 72956
Lester Darden

Lester Richard Darden

Wednesday, September 11th, 1935 - Saturday, January 16th, 2021
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L.R. Darden, M.D., 85, of Little Rock passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at his home.
He was born September 11, 1935 in El Dorado, AR to the late Lester and Lillian (Taylor) Darden.

He was a family practice doctor for 35 years, an Eagle Scout and a member of Uniontown Baptist Church in Uniontown. After medical school, he became a flight surgeon with the U.S. Navy and was attached to the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, January 22, 2021 at Hall Cemetery in Natural Dam under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Jean; daughters, Drew Hayes and Dana Hignite both of Charleston, SC and Diane Luce of Scottsdale, AZ and; sons Bruce Rice of Fort Smith and Richard Darden of Charleston, SC; a sister Joyce Snider of Little Rock; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Justin Wright, John Darden, Richard Darden, Allen Darden, John Rogers and Bobby Russell.

Dr. Darden may be viewed Wednesday and Thursday at Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren, 700 Jefferson St.

Due to the COVID-19 cases, please wear your mask, your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Service

    Friday, January 22nd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 22nd, 2021 11:00am
    Graveside - Hall Cemetery
    Pastor Mark Thornbugh
  • Interment

    Hall Cemetery
    NATURAL DAM, AR 72948


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Thelma Avilla

Posted at 11:59am
Our fondest memories of Richard "Doc" was the first time we met him and his wife, Jean was in Dec of 1984. We were welcomed in to there home. My son, Jeff and Diane flew in from Germany with our great grandson, Justin. Doc introduced us to the New Years special of greens, blackeyes, and cornbread. We always think of him on New Years Day. After that visit we felt like family and we have spent many more times with him and Jean enjoying our great grandchildren together. May he rest in Peace.

William and Karen Trentham

Posted at 02:42am
Richard "Doc" Darden was a unique person and a fine Doctor, who touched many lives in his lifetime. We will never forget him.
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Posted at 03:41pm
Dear Jean & Family,

Very sad to hear of Dr. Darden's passing.
Much enjoyed medical practice with Richard with his keen clinical acumen , fine patient care, and wondrous dry wit.
He made us happier, healthier, wiser, better in what could often be very drab situations.
Thanks to him & you all as his loved ones.

Our deepest condolences,

Albert & Jennie Mac Dade and Family


Lori & Chris Burton Posted at 02:45pm

Prayers for you, Jean and your family. May God provide you with strength and peace. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of a man who was loved. I have always appreciated the support Dr. Darden gave me during the time I helped with the youth at St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Smith and I am thankful I was blessed to know him. My family and I send our deepest sympathy. Lori (Arnold) and Chris Burton

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