Darrell Lee Withrow of Sandyville, went on to his next challenge on February 19, 2021.
Born December 17, 1941 in Greenbrier County to the late Delmar and Polly Ann Withrow, Darrell was the youngest of their three sons, and was predeceased by his brothers, Charles Withrow and Lowell Withrow. Darrell had fond memories of growing up in the woods of the Greenbrier County, and would visit his homeplace often.
Darrell eventually moved to Jackson County, where he was a graduate of the Ravenswood High School Class of 1959, and a member of the Red Devils football team. Always good for a game of any kind, Darrell had a great competitive spirit and was a gracious winner, whether it be on the gridiron or just beating his friends at backyard croquet. Darrell was still competing well into his 60s, running in the National Senior Olympics, and local races, and still with a great humor and spirit, no matter the race’s outcome.
Darrell served in the United States Navy, where he was an electrician. He also worked the heating and cooling industry, the glass business, and spent most of his life as an entrepreneur in real estate, designing and building homes and commercial property. All skills that served him well when he was building the home he shared with his wife, Brenda Moore- Withrow, in Sandyville, who survives him. Darrell played co- host to many good get- togethers at their home, and could always be counted on to serve up a tasty meal and good conversation.
Darrell is survived also by his three children: Ben (Mandy) Withrow of Cary, North Carolina; Sam (Summer) Withrow, of Greenbrier County; and Jennifer (Jeff) Withrow of San Diego, California. He was immensely proud of his children and how they made their own paths in life, and loved his grandchildren, Chelsea Faber Arritt, Todd, August, and Isla Withrow. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Besides his competitive spirit, Darrell will be remembered for his jokes (often at his own expense), and for always trying to put a smile on people’s faces. When he wasn’t having coffee with his buddies at the M&R, the Downtowner, or McDonald’s, you could find Darrell at the gym, dancing, occasionally having a Bug Light at the Texas Roadhouse, and supporting the Lady Viking volleyball teams from the stands.
When you couldn’t find him around Ripley after his retirement, he’d most likely be on the road with Brenda, whom he said showed him more of the world in the 15 years he knew her than he’d ever seen before in his life. Darrell’s easy- going nature, his good humor, and his ability to budget wisely (he could be a little tight, haha), made him not only a great partner while traveling the road, but traveling through life.
The family would like to thank his caretaker, Debra Balis, for her kindness and her homemade pies she made weekly for Darrell, and also his best friend, dance partner, and mother- in- law, Rosetta Moore, for her caretaking and companionship, and for making sure he never missed leg day at the Sandyville Senior Center gym.
Arrangements are pending, and the family is grateful for the assistance of Waybright Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to HospiceCare of Kanawha County, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387, whose help allowed Darrell to spend his last days at home.
If life is a competition, and the winners all have kind, fun- loving hearts and a good nature, then Darrell: you were a winner, and you’ll be sorely missed by everyone who loved you.
Funeral service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 23rd at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Dave Long officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Military Rites will be rendered by the Jackson County Honor Guard. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 24th at Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery in Lewisburg. Online memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.
Posted online on February 23, 2021