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Visitation: 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday February 13, 2019 Whitley's Funeral Home
Service: 2:00 PM Thursday February 14, 2019 Gilwood Presbyterian Church (will lie in-state at the church starting at 1:00 PM)
Interment: Gilwood Presbyterian Church Cemetery
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Darren Wesley Irvin, 42, of Concord, died Friday, February 8, 2019 following a brief illness.

A funeral service celebrating Darren’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 14 at Gilwood Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Darren’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Whitley’s Funeral Home. Darren will also lie in state at that church 1 hour prior to the funeral service.

Darren was born June 18, 1976 in Cabarrus Co., the son of Don and Becky Morrison Irvin. A lifelong area resident, Darren graduated from NorthWest Cabarrus High School in 1994. He was a gifted artist who enjoyed working in graphic design for a local commercial sign manufacturer. Darren enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler. His generosity was always extended to those who had less than he and often times, he would go without so others would not. Darren will be dearly missed.

Darren was three when I was born and judging from my first toss out of his arms to go answer the door, when I was a few days old, it was clear I was going to need to be a survivor. As we grew, this only became clearer when Mama came home from work to find he had built a campfire in the front yard, and I was dancing and leaping around it in one of Darren’s polyester capes from a 1980s Halloween costume. Needless to say, even from a young age, he didn’t always make the safest decisions. However, he was my big brother, and I wanted to be just like him. He loved dogs, so I loved dogs. He really didn’t like cats, so I didn’t like cats. He loved the “Dukes of Hazard,” and there’s a picture of us on the Easter Bunny’s lap, not decked out in our Sunday best that my mom had chosen, but I was proudly beaming in Darren’s hand-me-down “Duke’s of Hazard” tee shirt and worn-out jeans.

As we grew into teenagers and adults, there were many things I admired about my brother. One such trait was he was an extremely talented artist. He could whip out an intricate, beautiful drawing in less time than I could draw a stick figure. He used to send me letters and the envelopes were decorated with beautiful flowers that I am certain took him no time, or effort, to create. His artistic abilities were not limited to drawing. As a kid he could build anything out of Legos, and take apart any sort of machine, and occasionally get it somewhat put back together before something else captured his interest. Darren was also an artist in the kitchen. His self-taught culinary skills surpassed anyone’s I have ever known. I would look in our cabinets and come to the conclusion that we had nothing to eat. He would come right behind me, with the same options, and go to work creating a three-course gourmet meal, all without a single hint of a recipe in sight. His creations never ceased to amaze me and rivaled any restaurant meal. Perhaps my favorite trait of Darren’s was his ability to make you laugh. He was the funniest person I have ever met. Now, most of the time it wasn’t appropriate, but you could not help but laugh, and I mean belly-busting, tears running down your face laughing. I think Darren used his super-sharp wit and humor to try to mask a lot of pain. I believe it is no secret that for the better-part of his adult life he constantly fought against the flesh of this world. However, even in the face of such wretchedness, Darren always, and I mean always saw the beauty of believing in God. His faith in such turmoil is what I will always admire the most about my brother. Even when he was at his lowest, he would recite the promises God has for each one of us, and exclaim how he was putting all of his hope and faith in Christ. Now that, is a beautiful sight. He was way more knowledgeable about the contents of the Bible than me, and whole-heartedly hung onto its precious words. After my family’s world came crashing down with Darren’s passing, I found a card he had written to my daughter, who is the same age he was when I was born. It is an Easter card, and in it he quoted Matthew 6:33: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. I can honestly say that through it all, Darren did not ever stop seeking God. In the card to my daughter, he goes on to explain the importance of Easter as the hallmark of our salvation, and how Jesus died so that we may live with Him and God in heaven forever. These words, and Darren’s unfailing belief in them is the only thing that brings our family any semblance of peace in his passing. My parents and I know, without a doubt, that he was saved and therefore, is no longer in any pain and is finally set-free. We rejoice in knowing he is with our beloved family and friends who passed before him, and we find comfort in knowing we will, indeed, see him again one day. We will see a happy and healthy Darren, and for that, we are grateful.

Those left to cherish his memory in addition to his parents, include his sister, Dana I. Hefner (Jason) of Huntersville, his niece, Bennett Grace Hefner and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. Darren was looking forward to the arrival of his second niece, who is due to arrive in a week.

Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to Bethel Colony of Mercy 1675 Bethel Colony Rd. Lenoir, NC 28645.
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From: Sunny
"I really hate to hear the news about Darren! We are praying for you and Don"
From: Becky Cranford
"My heart is broken!so sorry for this terrible loss. May God heal your broken hearts!"
From: Becky Cranford
"My heart is broken!so sorry for this terrible loss. May God heal your broken hearts!"
From: Tracy & Chuck Bridgers
"So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
From: Michael Hunt
"Condolences an prayers Donnie,Becky an Dana To my best friend an brother rest easy. I know you have Your Wings!"
From: Chip Hunter
"I grew up in Odell and rode the bus and played rec. league ball with Darrin. I am so sorry for your loss and praying for peace and comfort for your family."
From: Mia McCain Cook
"Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family."
From: Kendra Bare
"Im very sorry for your loss and I pray for comfort for your family during this time."
From: Bill James
"Many fine memories of Darren from the Gilwood youth group. Deepest sympathies. God bless."
From: Mike and Linda Bost
"Our hearts are truly broken for each of you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to give you strength and peace during this time."
From: Donna Wellman Tillman
"I am so sorry for your loss...May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace during this very difficul t time...I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers..."
From: Marsha Weaver
"Donnie and Becky - My heart aches for you in your loss but I praise the Lord that your son was so faithful and made such a difference in his time on this earth."
From: Faye
"Hi im so sorry to hear bout him whT time i knew him he was a sweet man he was funny he helpd me when i was in need of someone to talk to i know how it herts to lose someone you love i just lost someone my self he was friends with each other but may gob rest his soul go fly high man love ya"
From: Bingham
"It Is Well"
From: Kathey Watson
"Prayers to the family.I will forever remember Darrens Sunday visits to me on his way to the rodeo and how he had me busted out in tears from laughter. Fly high Darren."
From: Frank
"I didn't know you that long. But you always made me laugh. You were a good man and this place we call earth has lost a good hearted soul. Till we meet again . Fly High and watch over us all. RIP brother."
From: Pam and Ray Mullis
"We are so sorry for your loss. For him no more pain..."
From: Mike Davis
"It is so hard to conceive the loss of a child----my prayers are that the Lord be with you....for surely Darren is with the Lord"
From: Jennifer G
"Darren was such a pleasure to be around. He always knew how to keep a conversation going. His laugh was contagious. Darren was always nice to me and my children, he was so good with kids and I'm grateful for the time my kids and I got to spend with him. The news saddens me. I will be praying for Darren's family and friends."
From: Brian Atkins and Debbie Allen
"From the bottom of our hearts we are so sad to hear of Darren's passing. We are so glad we got to spend time with him, we went to lunch and he came to our new place. Becky and Don please call if you need anything. Rest now our friend, we know you will watch over us all. Until we meet again....peace."
From: Daphne Broome Blackwelder
"My heart goes out to you for your loss of Darrin here on earth, but I know he is enjoying being with his grandparents Don & Toots in heaven. They loved him so dearly. Jack, my husband is there also and I'm sure all the stories between Don and Jack will keep Darrin laughing. May the peace of God that passeth all understanding flow through your family knowing he ran a good race and is injoying his new home were he can be at peace with his creator and family already there."
From: Deb and Vic West
"Prayers and comfort for your family in the loss of Darren."
From: Sheila Johnson Almond
"My prayers and condolences are with you all. Although I didn't know him, it breaks my heart for you all. God bless you with peace, comfort, faith, love and guidance."
From: Joshua M
"Those who are asleep will awaken on the day the Lord comes for us all."
From: Lynn Parson
"This news is heartbreaking to me. Darren was one of my closest friends. I will cherish the memories we made and never forget him."
From: Linda Allen Brumley
"Becky and Donnie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Darren. You and your family are in my prayers that you will find peace and comfort through the wonderful, happy memories you shared with him on this earthly journey."