MR. JEROME OWENS
- VISITATION -
Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 P.M.
- FUNERAL SERVICE -
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Ray Williams Memorial Chapel
301 N. Howard Avenue
- INTERMENT -
Rest Haven Memorial Park
4615 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610
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04/19/2018 11:54 AM
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
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
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
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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