James Maury Darden

February 15, 1963 - November 8, 2021
James Maury Darden


James Maury Darden went to be with His Lord and Savior Monday November 8th, 2021, at the age of 58.

Maury (as he was known by) was born in Wilmington, NC on February 15th, 1963, to the late Carlton Neil Darden Sr and Annie Ruth Moore Darden. He was also proceeded in death by his brother Clarence Dwayne Stoneking. He is survived by his three children, whom he was so proud of, Rachel Sharon Darden, Kevin Bradley Darden (Elizabeth), and Deanna Lindsay Darden. He is also survived by his brother Carlton Neil Darden Jr and two sisters Beth Autry Darden and Shirley Darden Fearing (Rick). He had three nephews and two nieces who he loved like they were his own: Amanda Autry Carr (John), Allen Autry, Heather Autry Stancil, Landon Fearing, and Caleb Fearing. He also had two great-nieces: Alyssa Morrison and Kendall Stancil. Maury welcomed his first grandbaby on November 6th, 2021, a beautiful baby girl Anna Bradley Darden.

Maury loved sports: football, Nascar, baseball, and most of all basketball. He always enjoyed watching Clemson football on Saturdays, the Dallas Cowboys play on Sundays, and then turning on the race to see who was in the lead. His favorite game days though were the ones where Duke and UNC played against each other, especially in March Madness. His favorite sport to watch the most however was any game his son Kevin played. You could bet that he was always going to be on the sidelines cheering and coaching him to victory, and always coaching the loudest.
Maury will be remembered for his love of sports, Elvis, his children, and never-ending ability to make people laugh. He was always the life of the party and commanded a room the second he walked through the door. His energy and love for life will be truly missed.

A visitation will be Saturday November 13th, 2021, at 1pm at Coastal Community Baptist Church on 7721 Alexander Rd, Wilmington, NC, with the funeral to follow at 2pm. Flowers and donations can be sent to Coastal Community Baptist Church.

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  • November 09, 2021
    Ken Watkins says:
    Prayers for the family, A great person gone too soon.

  • November 09, 2021
    Glenn Davenport says:
    Maury was part of my family growing up. He spent at least one Christmas Eve night with us, and many more treasured times. He and I had talked several times over the last year and a half or so, and he was still Maury. If you knew Maury, you know exactly what that means. He was happy, funny and always making me laugh. He could turn humor on a dime. Anything in the world that would come up, Maury could make funny. That is a special gift! If you ever asked someone if they knew him, a smile would immediately come to their face. Then, typically, a great and funny Maury story! I will always remember Maury with a smile on my face. What a wonderful thing to be said about somebody, "he always made me smile." A conversation with him always put you in a better mood than you had been. Even though, I now have tears, when God wipes those away, that is how I will remember Maury. He was one of those people that processed things on a deeper level than, perhaps a casual acquaintance might have ever seen. To all of his family: I know he loved you all. You would always come up in between the funny "Mauryisms" when we would go a little deeper. May each of you find comfort in God's peace and rest.

  • November 10, 2021
    John Norman says:
    My heart goes out to Deanna and her family. I personally know how close you were with your Father. Maury was a great guy and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to know him as a teenager and more recently as a coworker. 'Absent the body, present with Christ'

  • November 10, 2021
    Eugene Davenport says:
    I will just say this simple thing my friend. It's simple but to the point. I will love you until the day comes when I can love no more.

  • November 11, 2021
    Jody A Harker says:
    Really sorry to hear about Maury, known him since elementary. Hope to see you again Buddy...