Mother Agnes Darby was born on May 31, 1927, to (the late) Alberta Denino in Alachua, Florida. She was the second child born to Alberta Denino. During her early years, she attended Alachua Grammar School. When Agnes was seven years old James came to her house while she and her mother were working in the yard. James asked her mother if he could marry her. Her mother said to James, “who’s gonna take care of her?” he said “my daddy!” Her mother said get on away from here, boy. After years passed Agnes and James met again - Agnes and James were united in holy matrimony on August 20, 1948; they were married for 58 years. From this union, five children were born: Ronald Lee (who predeceased her), Rosalind, Cynthia, Kevin, and Sandra.
They migrated to New York where she joined the Historic First Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop Frank Clemmons. Among the many auxiliaries, upon which she served, she was an Evangelist, President of Hospitality, and Celestial Choir member. At the Historic First Church of God in Christ, she served under each succeeding pastor. For over twenty years she was a Trustee board member. Later, Mother Darby served as President of the Mother’s Board, District, and Jurisdiction then was appointed Church Mother and remained in this role until the Lord called her home.
Agnes Darby earned her GED and continued her education at New York City Community College. There she earned an Associate in Applied Sciences. Shortly after, Agnes Darby earned a Bachelor of Arts at Brooklyn College in Early Childhood Education. And continued onward to receive a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Guidance Counseling. Agnes Darby taught at the Department of Education for over twenty years and retired. Still desiring to teach, she worked at Rising Star Day Care Center for three years then taught at Christian Heritage Academy for several years.
Mother Agnes Darby loved and served her Community. She was president of the Albany Avenue tenant’s association and happily gave of her time to participate in the neighborhood watch and wherever needed. She taught her children to volunteer. She desired that they would give of their God-given gifts, time, and talents. She modeled and taught the importance of accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord and the need to be led by him daily. One of the Scriptures she frequently recited was, “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path”. Proverbs 3: 5-6
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Mother Agnes Darby entered into eternal rest. Her husband James T. Darby, son Ronald L. Darby and brother George Young are welcoming her into heaven’s gates. She leaves to cherish her legacy her beloved children: Rosalind Darby, Cynthia D. Carter (James), Kevin Darby (Kathy), and Sandra D. Anderson, (Charles).
Eleven grandchildren, Corey James Darby (Jacquetta), Crystal R. Lindsay (Wade), Chevonna R. Hardy, Hannibal Darby (Carla), Charaya D. Hardy (Deshawn), Charles “C.J.” Anderson (Valerie), Nefetair Darby, Isaiah Anderson, Kiah Darby, Hanif Darby, and Hanbal Darby; Seventeen great-grandchildren, Xavier Morgan, Corey James Darby Jr., Jaequan Conner, Syeira Conner, Joseph Francis, Gavin Jackson, DeShawn Conner Jr., Anabella Lindsay, Sophia Lindsay, Madison Franklin, Mathias Darby, Zaniya Conner, Lilian Beckford, Dominic Anderson, Leila Conner, Kayori Peterson, and Kehlian Darby. Three Godsons, Harold Kelly, Savalais “Dana” Sims (who predeceased her), and Pastor Spencer Sims. Five Goddaughters, Irene Dimoh, Dorothy Exum, Margie Kelly, Helena Person, and Ruth Scott. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives, church members, friends, and neighbors.
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