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Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00 P.M.
Ray Williams Memorial Chapel
301 N. Howard Avenue

Rest Haven Memorial Park
4615 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610


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04/19/2018 11:54 AM



Mr. Jerome Owens Darby of Tampa Florida passed away Monday, April 16, 2018.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at Ray Williams Memorial Chapel, 301 N. Howard Avenue with Pastor Donald Lott officiating.  Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Jerome Darby was a native of Harlem, New York and a resident of Tampa for many years.   He was a graduate of Howard W. Blake High School, Class of 1964.

His life in this reality was a blessed journey that inspired family and friends through his gift from our GOD. That gift from GOD, a beautiful soulful voice that touch the chambers of your heart.

 His journey started at Mt. Tabor M. B. Church.  As a kid at the age of 10 years old, he sung with the first choir with a voice that touch your very soul. Sponsor by Gay Papa Miles, the Jay Darby show with the Baron Band, Faith, Hope & Charity, featuring Zulema, came to H. W. Blake High School Campus, Kappas festivity and put the roof on fire. Paramedics were in the building ready to respond because the hardest working man was performing.

Performances at the Patio Lounge, Oasis, & Roseland Ballroom were legendary and like no other show ever seen. Jay Darby pursued his solo singing career and sung with artists such as Tyrone Davis, Betty Wright, Carla Thomas, and Johnnie Taylor. Jerome (Jay) Darby was "The Goat". 

Jay Darby was preceded in death by: maternal grandmother, Florida Nathan; his parents, Florine & Charlie Darby; brother, Charlie Darby Jr; aunts, Dorothy Roberts and Vandeline Smith; and uncle, Bernard Russell.  

Jay Darby leave his life memories in the hearts of: his sister, Patricia Darby; brother, Burnett Darby; son, Andre Darby; nieces Khalilah Washington, Simone Sarah and husband, Nabil, and Yasmin Washington; nephew, Leonard Washington; aunt, Ida Mae Baldwin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved him in this life and afterwards. 

Stand Up as his name is called.  His rendition of "Precious Lord" touch You like no other artist. Jay Darby, "Precious Lord Take My Hand". Our GOD did not let You fall. GOD caught You singing, Precious Lord and the LORD held your hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith - 2 Timothy 4:7. 

The remains will repose after 5 p.m. Friday, April 20 at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue.

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301 N. Howard Avenue 
Tampa, FL 33606-1508
Phone:  813.253.3419 
  Fax:  813.251.4912
Email:  raywilliamsfh@verizon.net         
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