Cyrus Charles Darcey Jr. ("Charles", "Sonny", "Cy") was born August 11, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Margaret Rydell Darcey and Cyrus Charles Darcey Sr.
Charles (84) passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 surrounded by his family at home in Yakima, Washington after a courageous battle with heart disease.
Charles was married to Mary Jo Samsal before cancer took her at an early age. Charles and Mary Jo had two daughters, Charlene Darcey Hansen and Lori Darcey Mercer. Charles attended Holt High School and afterwards joined the Navy in July 1948 where he served 4 years.
He was stationed in San Diego on the SS Ascaria, and on the USS Satyr ARL 23 as a machinist repairman (MR). His experience in the Navy prepared him for civilian life where he worked for DeBardelaben on steam locomotives and machinery. Beginning June 1962, Charles wore many hats for the United Mine Workers Union, United Rubber Workers Union, Shop Steward and Division Chairman before he went into supervision.
For over 31 years, he worked at B.F. Goodrich (Michelin Goodrich) of Tuscaloosa, retiring as Manager / Supervisor of Maintenance in 1993.
At ages 13, Charles and "Moe" Millie Cape (Haase) met through his cousin Bette Kring (Harp), who is also a lifelong friend of Moe's.
After raising their separate families and being widowed, it was destiny in 2005 when they were reacquainted and fell in love. In 2008 after a long distance relationship, he joined her in Yakima, Washington where they enjoyed many adventures. They could be found dancing the night away at the Yakima VFW, Eagles and Elks, traveling, or on a casual drive through the mountains. The two families embraced each other and enjoyed many wonderful family times.
Charles, a true southern gentleman grew up in Tuscaloosa and spent most of his life there. As a young man and throughout his lifetime, Charles was quite competitive as an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, camping, and water skiing or just floating the river or lakes on his houseboat. He looked forward to cheering for his favorite football team, University of Alabama "Crimson Tide." He was a master at BBQ and an excellent chef. Friends and family looked forward to see what tasty dishes Charles would create.
Charles was quite an achiever and leader. He became Tuscaloosa's first Eagle Scout Honor Roll member on June 6, 1946.
He was a member of the Elks, and Moose Lodge, Vintiques Car Club, and helped with the United Way. A lifetime member of 57 years of the Eagles in Tuscaloosa, and lifetime member of the VFW.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, sister Deloris Darcey Dyer, and brother Warren Darcey, and brother-in-law Marvin Samsel, a dear friend.
He is survived by his daughter Charlene (Brad) Hansen of The Woodlands, TX; grandson Ben (Lacey) and their daughter Caroline; grandson David (Ashlee); daughter Lori Joann (Robert) Mercer of Charlotte, SC; and granddaughters Hannah, Heather, and grandson Heath.
He is also survived by "Moe" (Millie Haase), and her daughters Nancy (Steve) Baisinger and Janice (John) Clair, both of Yakima; Millie's sons Ronn Haase of Portland, OR and Jeffery (Mindy) Haase of Simi Valley, CA. Charles is also survived by grandchildren in Yakima; grandson Lance (Christy) Waudby and their daughters Jessica, Shayla, and Shelby; grandsons Chad Waudby and Kody Waudby; granddaughter Erin (Chris) Barnett and their daughters Natalee and Allison; and grandson Ryan (Erika) Hamilton and their son Henry of Wenatchee, WA.
He is also survived by a sister, Janet Lee (Darcey) Haynes of Tuscaloosa.
Known as "Cy" to his co-workers he became lifetime friends with Danny Dockery, Gene and Charlotte Hill, and many more in Alabama, as well as Charles Cook and Fred Marshall of Yakima.
Charles was very personable and outgoing, a wonderful family man, generous in more ways than anyone can count, and always there to lend a hand. He truly lived up to the saying "LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE."
Rest in peace, we all love and miss you... save the last dance for me. "ROLL TIDE"
Many thanks to the staff at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and Home Health & Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the William Wharton Post #379, VFW of Yakima, care of Keith & Keith Funeral Home, 902 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.
A private graveside inurnment will be held with Full Military Honors at Terrace Heights Memorial Park at a later date.